A Good Year Reviews

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November 13, 2006
Russell Crowe has many talents, but a gift for light comedy is not one of them.
November 13, 2006
There are some pretty funny things in there.
November 10, 2006
Crowe, a superb dramatic actor, is congenitally incapable of humour, especially when he tries slapstick.
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.
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.
November 10, 2006
The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
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.
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.
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.
November 10, 2006
A Good Year may not be vintage stuff, but it goes down fairly smoothly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 10, 2006
A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
November 10, 2006
A Good Year feels as if it takes a year to watch, and not a very good year at that.
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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