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A Good Year Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 13, 2006
Russell Crowe has many talents, but a gift for light comedy is not one of them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 13, 2006
There are some pretty funny things in there.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 10, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2006
Despite some stunning visuals and a lot of nice moments, the finished product feels like the work of an actor and director who are out of their element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 10, 2006
The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is like a promising wine that's a bit new to the bottle. It goes down rough, but there's this marvelous aftertaste on the palate.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 10, 2006
Close your eyes. And now imagine the whole thing re-cast and shot by Stanley Donen back in, say, 1962, with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 10, 2006
A Good Year, an innocuous, feel-good movie that reunites Russell Crowe with the director Ridley Scott, is a three-P movie: pleasant, pretty and predictable. One might add piddling.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 10, 2006
A Good Year may not be vintage stuff, but it goes down fairly smoothly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 10, 2006
Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication of Peter Mayle's novel and this cockamamie adaptation.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is never less than visually ravishing, its warm, inviting vistas of the French countryside and its unhurried, pleasant vibe putting the viewer in the same frame of mind as Max.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 10, 2006
A Good Year builds so much fairy-tale contrivance with such boisterous high spirits that it's exhausting to keep feeling good about feeling good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 10, 2006
A Good Year is a chance for Crowe and his Gladiator director Ridley Scott to slow down and appreciate the good things, like beautiful women, good wine and a country home in France.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 10, 2006
The comedy A Good Year provides a good excuse for insisting that actors and directors are better off playing to their strong suits.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 10, 2006
Full of pretentious grape-droppings on how wine is like life, only tastier and with a bolder finish, A Good Year is at best elusive to the palate. At worst, it's a bad pressing of a vintage that has no reisling to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2006
A pleasant jaunt through one of the most beautiful places on the planet -- encased in a story that ends up making you feel that all is right with the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 10, 2006
A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2006
A Good Year feels as if it takes a year to watch, and not a very good year at that.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 9, 2006
In A Good Year, Crowe gets to make jokes and wisecracks that show off his boyishly mischievous comic timing.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2006
It's no surprise that you can see A Good Year's plot twists and clunker of an ending from a mile away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2006
Figuring out why director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe were happy as can be to make A Good Year is not difficult. What's harder to come up with are compelling reasons to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2006
It's the first time [Crowe or Scott] has tried his hand at comedy; there's a lot of self-conscious talk about the importance of timing, but the tony sense of entitlement tends to dampen any laughs.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 9, 2006
The lush glimmer of the scenery is so eye-catching that it's easy to sit back and experience A Good Year as a kind of tony travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 9, 2006
Scott and Crowe, who last worked together on Gladiator, should have stuck with the togas; Crowe runs the emotional gamut from bored to perplexed to just plain miserable in a romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor comic.
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John Hartl
Newsweek
November 9, 2006
There's a lazy quality to the movie. It's as if the filmmakers imagined themselves as taking a vacation while they were shooting it.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 9, 2006
This flat-as-last-night's-champagne comedy is yet another epiphanic tale about a hard-driving corporate workaholic who learns how to stop and smell the roses, or the grapevine fertilizer, as is the case here.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2006
It's corny and predictable and delightfully simplistic in its goal: to provide a couple of hours of fun. Mission accomplished.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 9, 2006
This seemingly unassailable trifecta of director, actor and setting is as stale as a week-old baguette.
| Original Score: C-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 9, 2006
Almost entirely siphons the magic out of [Mayle's Provence]
| Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 9, 2006
For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable rhythms, A Good Year represents a pleasant diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2006
I'll write A Good Year off as nothing more than a bad harvest.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
November 7, 2006
A Good Year offers little return on your own $10 investment beyond the spectacle of Scott misplacing his talents.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 6, 2006
Don't expect to be beguiled by A Good Year. That would be like trying to warm your hands at an artificial fireplace.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 6, 2006
Even judged by the not excessively demanding standards of middle-aged renovation fantasies, A Good Year isn't much.
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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.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
As the audience moves from feast to feast, watching all the screen characters grow, glow and have fun, we can't help but feel like we're the only ones at a party who aren't drinking.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 10, 2006
A simple repast consisting of sometimes strained slapsticky comedy, a sweet romance and a life lesson learned.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2006
You sense in every frame the strain to be lighthearted.