I Give It a Year Reviews

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
August 13, 2013
It's not romantic in the slightest, and it is quite comedic on occasion, but the parts don't fit together at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
February 28, 2013
Ultimately the film refuses to bust out of the conventional rom com template. Its plot is face-punchingly implausible, its characters straitjacketed by stereotype, and its humour terminally planted in extreme awkwardness and feeble frat-boy crassness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 17, 2013
A bafflingly misguided experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah McGill
The List
February 4, 2013
These people are without exception awful, selfish and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 14, 2013
Obsessed with how clever it thinks it is that it completely sinks the romantic comedy pirate ship it sets forth to be
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 13, 2013
I only wish this review could have had a happier ending.
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
February 7, 2013
Like a Frankenstein's Monster of the worst characteristics of the movies of Richard Curtis (smugness) and Judd Apatow (misogyny), Mazer's film delivers every romantic comedy cliché imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
In addition to some trite set pieces, writer-director Dan Mazer serves up nothing more than conspicuous cynicism masquerading as comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 4, 2013
Refreshingly sour for a rom-com, but there's so little chemistry between the leads that we never believe them or root for them as a couple
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
August 8, 2013
Whatever attachment we might form for the characters or their fates gets lost in thickets of farce and barrages of one-liners.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 4, 2013
Much of the film's attempted laughs come from the comedy-of-discomfort school, with an endless array of situations that milk awkwardness to a degree that makes these scenes far more unpleasant than humorous to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
February 25, 2013
Its premise is an original and audacious one, but it ultimately gives way to all the cliches of the genre it is attempting to subvert.
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 5, 2013
I give it a week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 22, 2013
It was always meant to be offbeat, risqué and shocking in parts and in some ways it achieves its goal - sort of. But it could have been much better and might have got more bite (as well as truth) with another director
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 22, 2013
Mazer's juvenile sense of humour simply isn't strong enough to give the film any balls
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
August 8, 2013
There's some very funny stuff on the margins, but overall it's pretty weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
August 22, 2013
Mazer, a Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator, directs this comedy without much snap, crackle or pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 13, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] As a premise, a doomed marriage sounds like a no-brainer: you can pile on outrageous episodes of slapstick, physical comedy and biting wit. Unfortunately, "I Give It a Year" is a no-brainer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 7, 2013
[A] movie to make you hate romance, and romantic comedies, and people. How does anyone look at this root canal of a flick and not conclude that humanity is awful and deserves to die in a fire?
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 9, 2013
While individual actors can be amusing, especially among supporting players, "I Give It a Year" is thoroughly tone deaf. I wouldn't give it five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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