A Good Year (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

London-based investment expert Max Skinner moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard he has inherited from his late uncle. Max reluctantly settles into what ultimately becomes an intoxicating new chapter in his life, as he comes to realize that life is meant to be savored.

Rating: PG-13 (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
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Written By: Peter Mayle, Marc Klein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2007
Box Office: $7.4M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for A Good Year

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (43)

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

November 13, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

There are some pretty funny things in there.

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

[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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

Under the Tuscan Sun for men

Full Review… | March 22, 2007
7M Pictures

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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