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A Good Year (2006)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 96

A Good Year is a fine example of a top-notch director and actor out of their elements, in a sappy romantic comedy lacking in charm and humor.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 28

A Good Year is a fine example of a top-notch director and actor out of their elements, in a sappy romantic comedy lacking in charm and humor.



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Gladiator duo Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe re-team for this adaptation of author Peter Mayle's best-selling novel about a London-based investment banker who relocates to Provence in hopes of selling a small vineyard he has inherited from his recently deceased uncle. As a child, Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) was taught to appreciate the finer things in life while wandering the vineyard estate of his sophisticated uncle Henry (Albert Finney). Life has a strange way or turning out how you least


Drama, Comedy

Marc Klein, Peter Mayle

Feb 27, 2007


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All Critics (135) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (96) | DVD (16)

Russell Crowe has many talents, but a gift for light comedy is not one of them.

November 13, 2006
Rolling Stone
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There are some pretty funny things in there.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Crowe, a superb dramatic actor, is congenitally incapable of humour, especially when he tries slapstick.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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On a rainy day, A Good Year may be welcome fantasy; the question is whether anyone will remember it after the clouds have parted.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Despite some stunning visuals and a lot of nice moments, the finished product feels like the work of an actor and director who are out of their element.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
San Francisco Chronicle
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The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.

November 10, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Russell Crowe brings to bear his now-familiar acting tics in a not-so-tender romance by director Ridley Scott.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

[Russel Crowe's] supply of quips and pratfalls is inexhaustible, even when he's trapped at the bottom of a swimming pool surrounded by peat and dry leaves. Alas, he escapes.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Under the Tuscan Sun for men

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Crowe has located his funnybone again in a conventional but engaging romantic comedy ...

December 7, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

This Gallic tourist-porn feels as stale as yesterday's baguette.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

'Look Homeward, Gladiator' hints at new dimensions of warmth and heart in Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott. They're not there yet, but they're headed in the right direction.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

It's so goddamned cute you almost want to puke, but you don't. This is the most charming movie of the year, and it comes within an inch of being too sweet to stand, but it doesn't get there.

November 18, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Does not translate into a good film.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The course A Good Year takes feels like it's on rails: there's only one possible destination and only one way to get there.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Scott's film is like a reproduction of things he's seen in romantic comedies over the years with no idea why they're there.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Alternately, you could do your laundry, which would be just as exciting and possibly more dramatic.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A leaden attempt at an upbeat romp from the downcast, feel-bad tag team of actor Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott, the movie is like hearing a knock-knock joke told by a mortician.

November 14, 2006
Philadelphia Weekly

They [director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe] may have had a good time making the film, but I can't say I did while watching it.

November 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

You can do worse than seeing a movie with gorgeous scenery, a predictable plot and sweet characters.

November 14, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Provence looks like a lovely place to visit and Mr. Scott deserves his rest now and then, but let's hope he gets back to darker work soon.

November 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Every Scott movie has worthwhile visual dazzle, but this is what happens when Hollywood giants lecture against the evils of wealth.

November 13, 2006 Full Review

Russell Crowe trying to twinkle may not be the most unsettling thing on the big screen this season, but it's up there.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for A Good Year

A Good Year is a perfectly enjoyable Sunday afternoon-type movie and an interesting departure for Hollywood heavyweights Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. Crowe is Max, an arrogant, workaholic London stockbroker who inherits a vineyard in the south of France from his recently deceased uncle whom he hasn't seen in years but with whom he used to spend summers at the vineyard as a child. Max hurries down to Provence intending to sell the property as soon as possible and then resume his fast-track life in London several million pounds richer. Things however don't work out quite so simply. Will Max grow to love the vineyard and decide to stay there instead? Will he also fall in love with a local waitress? Will he become a nicer person in the process? No prizes for guessing the answers to these questions. To its credit, A Good Year pretty much wears its unoriginality on its sleeve and makes no effort to be anything that it isn't. It's certainly as far removed from Crowe and Scott's previous collaboration, Gladiator, as it's possible to be. It's simply a straightforward, fairly sentimental romantic comedy, nicely scripted and acted with some beautifully photographed French locations. It's nice to see Crowe attempting to broaden his range; he's by no means a natural comic but I did enjoy his performance which recalls both Cary and Hugh Grant at times. He's also helped by the script giving him some very funny one-liners. The film makes full use of its lush Provencal locations with plenty of golden, sun-dappled cinematography, all the more beautiful for being set alongside the steely blues and greys of London. No reinvention of the cinematic wheel then, and far from either Crowe or Scott's best work but there are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours. 4 1/2 Stars 2-9-14
February 16, 2014
Bruce Bruce

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Altho well made and scripted, with an A-list cast to boot, and Ridley Scott's sublime direction, there's nothing fresh in this generic romcom, making for quality yet forgettable fare.
August 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

It's a Romantic-Comedy that fails in the romance and comedy department. The story is oddly paced and Crowe seems a little lost trying to play a character in a Rom-Com.
November 19, 2011
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

    1. Uncle Henry: A man should acknowledge his losses just as gracefully as he celebrate his victories.
    – Submitted by Tuan K (2 years ago)
    1. Max Skinner: This place does not suit my life.
    2. Fanny Chenal: No Max, it's your life that does not suit this place.
    – Submitted by Tuan K (2 years ago)
    1. Max Skinner: I have an obligatory cultural activity in the village tonight.
    2. Charlie Willis: Can I come? Will there be girls?
    3. Max Skinner: No and yes.
    – Submitted by Theta S (2 years ago)
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