A Good Year Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 10, 2006
Close your eyes. And now imagine the whole thing re-cast and shot by Stanley Donen back in, say, 1962, with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 10, 2006
A Good Year, an innocuous, feel-good movie that reunites Russell Crowe with the director Ridley Scott, is a three-P movie: pleasant, pretty and predictable. One might add piddling.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 10, 2006
A Good Year may not be vintage stuff, but it goes down fairly smoothly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 10, 2006
Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication of Peter Mayle's novel and this cockamamie adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 10, 2006
Movies with predictable arcs rise or fall on their cinematic moments. Fortunately, there are several in A Good Year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is never less than visually ravishing, its warm, inviting vistas of the French countryside and its unhurried, pleasant vibe putting the viewer in the same frame of mind as Max.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 10, 2006
One suspects it was a lot more fun to make this movie than it is to watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
November 10, 2006
Ridley Scott's obvious love affair with sunny and sensual Provence ultimately makes A Good Year worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 10, 2006
A Good Year builds so much fairy-tale contrivance with such boisterous high spirits that it's exhausting to keep feeling good about feeling good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is a chance for Crowe and his Gladiator director Ridley Scott to slow down and appreciate the good things, like beautiful women, good wine and a country home in France.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 10, 2006
Russell Crowe would appear to mix with light comedy about the same way oil mixes with water. Which is to say, not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 10, 2006
The comedy A Good Year provides a good excuse for insisting that actors and directors are better off playing to their strong suits.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 10, 2006
Full of pretentious grape-droppings on how wine is like life, only tastier and with a bolder finish, A Good Year is at best elusive to the palate. At worst, it's a bad pressing of a vintage that has no reisling to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is the story of a jerk in an expensive suit who inherits a French chateau and, after a few transformative weeks under the Provenšal sun, becomes a jerk in a ratty bathrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2006
A pleasant jaunt through one of the most beautiful places on the planet -- encased in a story that ends up making you feel that all is right with the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 10, 2006
A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2006
A Good Year feels as if it takes a year to watch, and not a very good year at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2006
It's an amiable picture, and witty in parts; but it never goes anywhere you don't expect it to, and after a while you may start to lose enthusiasm for going along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 10, 2006
Is it good for those Gladiator dudes Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe to team up again for a romantic comedy about winemaking in the South of France? Perhaps not, but it's a nice try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 10, 2006
an aggressively mellow comedy that shows off the bucolic beauty of Provence, extolls the virtues of country living and then bellows 'Relax -- right now!' at the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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