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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After Neanderthal hunter Zed (Jack Black) is exiled for eating forbidden fruit, he and his sardonic buddy Oh (Michael Cera) leave their village and begin an epic journey through history. The pals encounter biblical characters such as Cain (David Cross) and Abel, Abraham (Hank Azaria), and others, and wind up in Sodom. Along the way, Zed debunks commonly held beliefs and replaces them with his own delusions of grandeur.

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Critic Reviews for Year One

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (149)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Creatively it's a giant step backwards, with Jack Black and Michael Cera playing to the kids as inept hunter-gatherers who stumble across various Old Testament characters.

    January 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 'Year One' wants to be seen as a freeform, knockabout trawl through Biblical history, perfect for an undemanding Saturday night. There are only two problems: it's kind of dull and just isn't funny.

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • All hail Michael Cera, worker of unprecedented movie miracles! The 21-year-old Canadian comic takes a weak concept and some weaker material and, wherever possible, adds some much needed flashes of comedic genius.

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

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  • Too silly to be smart, too timid to be subversive about religion - it's hard to believe it's directed and co-written by the once great Harold Ramis

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This gambit is a catastrophic failure. Cera's loveable puppy-dog schtick is already tired, and Black can no longer carry a dud with likeability and energy alone. As for Ramis, well, perhaps he's not the Messiah after all.

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: 1/5

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  • 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
  • Oct 20, 2011
    Jack Black and Michael Cera together in a comedy movie. Im sorry but it just doesn't mix. Awful movie.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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