Year One (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Year One (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 into several weird characters along the way -- like a feuding pair of brothers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Unfortunately, their quest for greatness hits a few snags, like being sold into slavery, and later becoming the object of interest to a very amorous, very hairy high priest (Oliver Platt) in the opulent city of Sodom. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 2009
Box Office: $43.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Oliver Platt
as High Priest
Hank Azaria
as Abraham
Olivia Wilde
as Princess Inanna
Horatio Sanz
as Enmebaragesi
David Pasquesi
as Prime Minister
Kyle Gass
as Zaftig The Eunuch
Bill Hader
as Shaman
Rion Hunter
as Bedouin Sheik
Gene Stupnitsky
as First Guard
Lee Eisenberg
as Sodom Sentry
Eric Gipson
as Sodom Vendor
Lacie Manshack
as Banana Girl
Paul Scheer
as Bricklayer
Matt Besser
as Guy in Crowd
Joaquin Townsend
as Slave Child
Bryan Massey
as New Guard
Mark Cotone
as Angry Baker
Keet Davis
as Desert Soldier
Tim Hilton
as Pedestrian Villager
Jack Walker
as Village Child
Jamal Sims
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Year One

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (36)

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

'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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

In the beginning there was light, which was closely followed by the fart joke.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

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.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Audience Reviews for Year One

God awful!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

disapointing mess!!!!

Brian De Guelle

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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