Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A gentle, traditional (like, from the last century) romantic comedy.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The first Hollywood feature from Danish filmmaker Jonas Elmer, New in Town is so choppy that it would seem to have been edited with a pickax.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Zellweger takes an otherwise passable mainstream comedy and all but ruins it with her lack of effort.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You've seen New in Town before, and you've seen it done better. Still, it's a sweet-hearted bit of anemia, pleasant and obvious, and there are a few honest laughs to it.
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By Bob Mondello
There's no chemistry between Zellweger and Connick, and there's not a moment in which anything anyone does feels remotely plausible.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Strictly old hat -- and a poorly assembled hat at that.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This crap is supposed to be the chick flick antidote to Super Bowl fever. Ha!
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
To say that New in Town is the worst movie of this fledgling year is to damn it with faint praise. It may be one of the worst movies of any year. Not content to be merely inane and predictable, it is downright insulting, humorlessly deriding those who choose to live in rural America, labor in factories or have a strong Christian faith.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A romantic comedy that's neither romantic nor funny.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's unfunny at best and borderline-amateur at worst, notwithstanding the desperate efforts of Renée Zellweger.
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29 out of 100
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