When in Rome Reviews

  • We get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Though not as ultra-cliched as its title, When in Rome follows the predictable conventions of the genre.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The problem is not the credulity-stretching script. Or even that much of the movie just isn't all that funny. The problem is that it thinks it's freakin' hilarious.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Do as the Romans do. Drive around it.

    Janice Page — Boston Globe

  • Duhamel throws around his raffish, real-guy charm, and Bell works a springy cynicism that When in Rome eagerly tries to strip away. But regardless of where its stars want to take it, all roads here lead to blandness and inanity.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Comedies require precision, and there's none here; instead, characters and scenes bash into each other with no evident purpose or logic.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • On this simple, sheeplike level, the thoroughly average When in Rome qualifies as almost a complete success, except in its requirement that we go along with some business involving hocus pocus.

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • The movie lacks invention and true magic in the worst way.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Josh Duhamel plays the smitten sports reporter who helps Kristen Bell mount her big art show, "Pain"-a fitting title, given the agony induced by this godawful comedy.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • When in Rome is a rom-bomb.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • All in all, Bell and Duhamel (gee, that rhymes!) are not tearing down any barriers, but it's clear that they're having fun and their chemistry is palpable. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing them team up again.

    Kara Nesvig — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A brainless, fizzy, romantic-comedy fairy tale with a roster of acting talent far beyond expectations.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • When in Rome plumbs new depths for ineptitude in acting, directing, writing and every other department.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Bell, a petite, pretty blonde, may or may not have the Meg Ryan-Julia Roberts-Sandra Bullock goods. When in Rome, a leaden variation on that rom-com recipe, fails utterly to make her case.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Bell and Duhamel may have something as a romantic onscreen pair but there's no telling. What's going on around them is both distracting and annoying, thanks to the hyperactivity of the oddball suitors who tend to suck all of the chemistry out of the room.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • (When in Rome movie review at Film.com)

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • When in Rome may fall flat in places, but at least it hasn't had all the personality manicured out of it.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Salon.com

  • The saving grace of the otherwise generic product is that Bell's vivacity and Duhamel's rakish charm allow the viewer to root for them, even if sometimes that rooting goes so far as to wish the script would serve the couple better than it does.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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