Year One

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Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.

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Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera) may lack in the skills that their chieftain is looking for, but they have plans to make it big. Zed has a gut feeling that God has "chosen" him, and so he leads his buddy on a trip through the unknown countryside in search of bigger and better things, bumping into several weird characters along the way -- like a feuding pair of brothers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Unfortunately, their quest for greatness hits a few snags, like being sold into slavery, and later becoming the object of interest to a very amorous, very hairy high priest (Oliver Platt) in the opulent city of Sodom. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Year One

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (148)

  • Year One buckles at the first bad gag and it's downhill from there.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, all the talent doesn't translate on the screen. Sure, there are a few mildly amusing moments (most coming courtesy of Cera), but for the most part Year One was one big dud.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Considering Year One is likely to flop, there's little point in giving it the benefit of controversy by protesting too much.

    March 3, 2019 | Full Review…

    Megan Basham

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  • All in all, this is a sloppy, unoriginal, brain-dead mess that can't even be bothered to get itself out of trouble.

    August 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In the beginning there was light, which was closely followed by the fart joke.

    October 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Stretched painfully thin to feature length, it's a concept that's gestated for 34 years but hasn't evolved a microbe. It also proves that the Harold Ramis of '09 has nothing on the Harold Ramis of '75.

    September 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Year One

  • Apr 05, 2015
    This abortion would have been better terminated before it was conceived. Disappointed with everyone involved in the film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2012
    "Year One" tried to get me to laugh a countless number of times and failed every single one of them. There are no new jokes here; they are recycled gags that weren't funny the first time, let alone the thousandth. This film is a complete waste of good cast and crew, and it's absolutely depressing how unfunny it is.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    It seems that Harold Ramis didn't know that putting Cera and Black is a big mistake, Jack way of expressing comedy is way to different to how Cera shows which really ruined it for me, critics and the general public who watched it.
    Scott G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I hated this. Jack Black needs to stop doing kids stuff, and stop doing this crap, he needs another hit like School of Rock. Micheal Cera is a horrible actor, all around. This movie was hardly funny, maybe I laughed once. Dont see it if youvalready haven't.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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