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Simply put, the reviews for 'When in Rome' don't look quite as good as the film's leads, Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel

In 'Rome,' you'll find Bell ('Forgetting Sarah Marshal') as a Guggenheim Museum art curator who goes to the fabled city for her sister's wedding and finds a little magic and romance along the way. Duhamel, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Dax Shepard are Bell's romantic pursuers. Why all the attention? It has something to do with a magical fountain.

Most reviewers, however, aren't feeling the magic. Let's see if this escapist romantic fare can find its pursuers at the box office. Simply put, the reviews for 'When in Rome' don't look quite as good as the film's leads, Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel

In 'Rome,' you'll find Bell ('Forgetting Sarah Marshal') as a Guggenheim Museum art curator who goes to the fabled city for her sister's wedding and finds a little magic and romance along the way. Duhamel, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Dax Shepard are Bell's romantic pursuers. Why all the attention? It has something to do with a magical fountain.

Most reviewers, however, aren't feeling the magic. Let's see if this escapist romantic fare can find its pursuers at the box office.

Chicago Tribune: "Certain scenes in 'When in Rome' signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I'm hoping it's one of those fake-out movie deaths where it's not really dead, not forever. The deadliest scene involves headliners Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel on a date, stumbling around a Lower Manhattan restaurant that serves its patrons in complete darkness and a complete lack of funniness. The 'When in Rome' screenwriters gave us 'Old Dogs' last year. End of paragraph."

Orlando Sentinel: "You'd think by now Hollywood would have romantic comedies down to a cell-phone app any studio exec could access. Cute couple? Check. Romantic location? Check. "Obstacles" to romance? Yup. "Wacky," witty friends of each young lover? Check and check. But if it was just a formula, then you could hire any hack -- say, the chap who did 'Ghostrider,' to turn Kristen Bell into America's new sweetheart in 'When in Rome.' 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."

'When in Rome' trailer


Boxoffice Magazine: "Duhamel (TV's' Vegas') proves a natural comic talent and scenes between him and Bell take on a sweet screwball quality not usually evident in this kind of cookie-cutter romantic comedy. DeVito, Heder and Arnett get laughs but Shepard steals the show with his self-centered antics. Although all are over the top eventually they come to be a likeable group of shlubs, almost like dwarfs to Bell's Snow White."

Miami Herald: "When in Rome, which has been sitting on the shelf approximately since the first stone was laid down for the Coliseum, is a tiresome time-waster, a film that expects us to believe that beauties like Bell (so bright and sassy back in her Veronica Mars days) can't get boys, that getting married to some dude you sat next to on a transatlantic flight after two weeks is the best of all possible worlds, that you shouldn't love your job as much as you love guys."