A Good Year (2006)

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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.

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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:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Russell Crowe
as Max Skinner
Albert Finney
as Uncle Henry
Abbie Cornish
as Christie Roberts
Tom Hollander
as Charlie Willis
Didier Bourdon
as Francis Duflot
Isabelle Candelier
as Ludivine Duflot
Kenneth Cranham
as Sir Nigel
Freddie Highmore
as Young Max
Rafe Spall
as Kenny
Ben Righton
as Trader No. 1
Patrick Kennedy
as Trader No. 2
Ali Rhodes
as 20-Something Beauty
Daniel Mays
as Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia
as Newscaster No. 1
Stephen Hudson
as Newscaster No. 2
Giannina Facio
as Maitre D'
Lionel Briand
as Rental Car Employee
Maria Papas
as Gemma's Friend
Igor Panich
as Russian Couple No. 1
Oleg Sosnovikov
as Russian Couple No. 2
Magali Woch
as Secretary
Magalie Woch
as Secretary
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as Nathalie Auzet
Jacques Herlin
as Papa Duflot
Catriona MacColl
as English Couple No. 1
Patrick Payet
as English Couple No. 2
Mitchell Mullen
as American Customer No. 1
Judi Dickerson
as American Customer No. 2
Philippe Mery
as Chateau Buyer
Dominique Laurent
as Chateau Buyer
Stewart Wright
as Broker No. 1
Tom Stuart
as Broker No. 2
Catherine Vinatier
as Fanny's Mother
Marine Casto
as Young Fanny
Gregg Chillin
as Hip Hopper No. 1
Toney Tutini
as Hip Hopper No. 2
Philippe Bergeron
as Voice Actor
Jean-Louis Darville
as Voice Actor
Neil Dickson
as Voice Actor
Patrick Hillan
as Voice Actor
Frank Isles
as Voice Actor
Peter Lavin
as Voice Actor
Paula Jane Newman
as Voice Actor
Moira Quirk
as Voice Actor
Darren Richardson
as Voice Actor
Jean-Michael Richaud
as Voice Actor
Samantha Jane Robson
as Voice Actor
Ian Ruskin
as Voice Actor
Linda Sans
as Voice Actor
Bruno Stephane
as Voice Actor
Craig Robert Young
as Voice Actor
Edita Brychta
as Voice Actor
Edita Brychta
as Voice Actor
Peter Lavin
as Voice Actor
Paula Jane Newman
as Voice Actor
Darren Richardson
as Voice Actor
Ian Ruskin
as Voice Actor
Hélène Cardona
as Voice Actor
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Critic Reviews for A Good Year

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (42)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

November 13, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 10, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Crowe, a superb dramatic actor, is congenitally incapable of humour, especially when he tries slapstick.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

On a rainy day, A Good Year may be welcome fantasy; the question is whether anyone will remember it after the clouds have parted.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Good Year

½

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
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
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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