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Year One (2009)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 143

Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 30

Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.



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Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera) may lack in the skills that their chieftain is looking for, but they have plans to make it big. Zed has a gut feeling that God has "chosen" him, and so he leads his buddy on a trip through the unknown countryside in search of bigger and better things, bumping

Oct 6, 2009


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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (143) | DVD (10)

Creatively it's a giant step backwards, with Jack Black and Michael Cera playing to the kids as inept hunter-gatherers who stumble across various Old Testament characters.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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'Year One' wants to be seen as a freeform, knockabout trawl through Biblical history, perfect for an undemanding Saturday night. There are only two problems: it's kind of dull and just isn't funny.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For all its unevenness, the film is blessed by its lead actors.

June 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Stretched painfully thin to feature length, it's a concept that's gestated for 34 years but hasn't evolved a microbe. It also proves that the Harold Ramis of '09 has nothing on the Harold Ramis of '75.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dudley Moore once made a pretty forgettable comedy giving various well-worn bible stories a light irony wash by reacting to them with the skepticism and confusion a person of today might. Year One is basically that, but dumber.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

From its ill-concieved concept to its timing-free chemistry and embarrassingly-bad characterisations, Year One is a major misfire in every respect.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

a lazy excrescence of a film. Crude, sloppy, flat, and singularly uninspired, its only redeeming virtue is proving that Michael Cera is capable of rising above even this abominable material

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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Only big fans of Cera and Black need catch this film, and even then, it's far from a must-see.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

What's even more depressing than the never-ending stream of sub-sixth-grade toilet humor is the sad fact that Year One is helmed and co-produced by two of the best laughmeisters in the business.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The problem is not the historicity, or lack thereof, in a comedy, but the uneven pace of the humor.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

Producer Judd Apatow has gone from comedy gourmand to McDonald-izing in four years. And when in doubt, director Harold Ramis makes Jack Black eat his own feces and Michael Cera pee in his own mouth. Yes, this is at the level of YouTube monkey comedy.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

This one is destined to take its place alongside films like Evan Almighty and Wholly Moses!.

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As underwhelming as its buzz might have indicated...

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If there's anything sadder than an unfunny comedy, it's an unfunny comedy that tacks on an equally unfunny blooper reel over the closing credits.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source:

[Year One] feels lazy: There's no cheap joke Mr. Ramis and company didn't go for, no gag-worthy gag they didn't include.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

If there is any justice in the world, there will never be a Year Two.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
New England Movies Weekly

... a near-total disappointment... it never manages to sustain any momentum from joke to joke or scene to scene or even shot to shot at times.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: HitFix

An experience likened to repeatedly playing with a Whoopie Cushion for an hour and a half...

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Boy, does this stink - and I mean almost literally.

July 15, 2009 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Even more embarrassing considering the talent involved. Where art thou Monty Python?

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The film is lumpy and self-conscious, the dialogue not very witty.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
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Audience Reviews for Year One

God awful!
September 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

disapointing mess!!!!
July 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Humor must be highly subjective. I didn't see this when it came out because it looked like it was "too high school" but I laughed myself sick watching it. I was choking. Never've been a fan of Black or Cera (though both do okay here) so I credit writer/director Ramis for making me laugh as haven't in 20 years ... thank you, Harold.
May 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

It seems that Harold Ramis didn't know that putting Cera and Black is a big mistake, Jack way of expressing comedy is way to different to how Cera shows which really ruined it for me, critics and the general public who watched it.
March 24, 2012

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    1. Zed: I told you to fetch me more wine.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Oh: Rub it in with my hand?
    2. High Priest: No your ball sack, yes your hand!
    – Submitted by Bob K (2 years ago)
    1. Oh: Im not following, I'v just been leading from the rear.
    – Submitted by John O (3 years ago)
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