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Year One Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
December 28, 2010
Dudley Moore once made a pretty forgettable comedy giving various well-worn bible stories a light irony wash by reacting to them with the skepticism and confusion a person of today might. Year One is basically that, but dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
June 19, 2009
If you haven't found yourself laughing during any of the commercials on television, then I assure you not a whole lot will change if you decide to swap your couch or recliner for a theater seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
June 21, 2009
Blessed are the cheesemakers? Not this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 17, 2009
Year One is this summer's The Love Guru, this weekend's Land of the Lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Only big fans of Cera and Black need catch this film, and even then, it's far from a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 18, 2009
Year One is so dedicated to being historically accurate that it only uses jokes that are at least two thousand years old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 22, 2009
In the beginning, there was the dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2009
Year One is a dreary experience, and all the ending accomplishes is to bring it to a close. Even in the credit cookies, you don't sense the actors having much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
June 19, 2009
An inexplicably unfunny comedy made by two people who have proven they can do much better: director/co-writer Harold Ramis and co-producer Judd Apatow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pete Hammond
June 19, 2009
This lame biblical/caveman jokefest fails to elict many laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
June 19, 2009
There's no point to it, just a series of gags -- in both senses of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 21, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 18, 2009
[Harold] Ramis and co-writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg mostly avoid the easy anachronism jokes, to their credit, but instead they wind up plumbing the depths of poop, fart, urine, foreskin and gay-panic humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2009
Ramis' challenge in Year One, which he wrote with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, is to keep the vibe loose while delivering the laughs. They come in fits and starts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
From its ill-concieved concept to its timing-free chemistry and embarrassingly-bad characterisations, Year One is a major misfire in every respect.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
[Year One] feels lazy: There's no cheap joke Mr. Ramis and company didn't go for, no gag-worthy gag they didn't include.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Drew McWeeny
August 1, 2009
... a near-total disappointment... it never manages to sustain any momentum from joke to joke or scene to scene or even shot to shot at times.
Anders Wotzke
July 30, 2009
An experience likened to repeatedly playing with a Whoopie Cushion for an hour and a half...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
June 17, 2009
If this all sounds familiar, it's because you've seen this all before in Carl Gottliebs' "Caveman."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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