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A Good Year Reviews

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
November 10, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 10, 2006
It's harmless. If by harmless you mean zombifying and cynical.
| Original Score: 72/100
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 9, 2006
There isn't a milliliter of honest feeling from start to finish, and precious little comedy or romance.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
November 9, 2006
A Good Year suggests not so much the stirring of a soul as Sir Ridley grinding his teeth behind the camera, grimly muttering "I'm going to be breezy if it kills me, goddamit!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2006
You sense in every frame the strain to be lighthearted.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 9, 2006
If nothing else, A Good Year conveys why the people in Provence are sick to mort of tourists who show up to get sloppy on red wine and revel in the countryside's Cezanne gorgeousness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
November 10, 2006
Like spending two hours with someone who is tiresome but who thinks you should find him exceedingly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2008
[Russel Crowe's] supply of quips and pratfalls is inexhaustible, even when he's trapped at the bottom of a swimming pool surrounded by peat and dry leaves. Alas, he escapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
November 9, 2006
As much respect I have for Crowe as a dramatic actor, the painful truth is, comedy just isn't his forte.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kit Bowen
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 13, 2006
...starts out as pleasantly predictable...but bogs down...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
April 24, 2009
Russell Crowe brings to bear his now-familiar acting tics in a not-so-tender romance by director Ridley Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 10, 2006
Crowe, a superb dramatic actor, is congenitally incapable of humour, especially when he tries slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 7, 2006
It's an ambitious experiment, and not a completely successful one.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 9, 2006
Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 12, 2006
They were so adamant about not repeating [Gladiator's] themes that they borrowed a new one from Pixar's Cars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 30, 2006
Escapist dilettantes may find A Good Year light, breezy and charming but even the most rudimentary inspection will reveal the film's sickeningly rotten core.
Kim Voynar
November 9, 2006
... a film with all the subtlety and bouquet of a screw-top bottle of wine purchased in the bargain bin of your local supermarket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Haddon
Orlando Weekly
November 9, 2006
It's ultimately a so-so movie that does little more than answer what should've been an ironic question: What would happen if Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe made a romantic comedy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
November 10, 2006
Could be packaged alongside Under the Tuscan Sun and sold with matching, his-and-hers fluffy bathrobes.
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