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Year One Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
In the beginning there was light, which was closely followed by the fart joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
July 3, 2009
All hail Michael Cera, worker of unprecedented movie miracles! The 21-year-old Canadian comic takes a weak concept and some weaker material and, wherever possible, adds some much needed flashes of comedic genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 3, 2009
A goodhearted, sometimes funny spoof of early human history.
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
June 21, 2009
Year One is quite a mixed bag of nuts...which could repulse [some] viewers... But if you can supress your gag reflex...it ascends to hyperventilating levels of hilarity.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
June 21, 2009
Year One is an enjoyable knockabout comedy, but as a satire on human folly it's a disappointment; Ramis could have gone much further underlining the parallels between ancient and modern religious wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Otto
cinemaobsession.com
June 19, 2009
You heard it here first: Year One is the best prehistoric comedy of 2009.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
Houston Chronicle
June 19, 2009
Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Screen International
June 19, 2009
The big, blustery physical comedy of Jack Black makes for an amusing fit with Michael Cera's quiet, self-deprecating humour in Year One.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 19, 2009
A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 19, 2009
Year One is a slapdash concoction with an overreliance on scatological gags and a long lag time between laughs. I freely admit that. Yet I have a certain affection for this movie, if only because of its conceptual simplicity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 19, 2009
Expect to be amused, not hilarioused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
June 19, 2009
Year One is easy to hate, especially if you loathe Jack Black's hammy shtick, think Michael Cera peaked in Arrested Development or you have a worn Bible in your bedroom... and you're not living in a Super 8. But I loved it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2009
The obligatory gross-out moments function as camouflage for what proves to be a surprisingly trenchant critique of the human penchant for violence, greed, deceit, hubris and, especially, religious superstition.
| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
June 19, 2009
Cut it into small pieces and many bits are a giggle: string them all together and it starts to wear thin. Strangely for Ramis, it's not aggressive enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
June 18, 2009
When did comedy writing become such a lost art, replaced by the improvisational byplay of talented but increasingly familiar players left to think up funny lines for an amusing situation?
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2009
It's a bit flabby and careless, but it's also gleefully stupid, and it has the ability to knock you off guard and make you giggle helplessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 18, 2009
Harold Ramis...serves up some low brow humor in a fitful script, but his film is elevated into the ranks of pleasurably stupid humor by terrific comic turns from Cera and a game Oliver Platt
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 2009
The actors make a surprisingly effective comic team, with Black's manic energy trampolining off Cera's deflated passivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 18, 2009
If Harold Ramis' Year One were a bowling match, it would lurch between gutter balls and spares, with some scattered lucky strikes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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