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Year One Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2010
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.
July 3, 2009
'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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 22, 2009
[Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them.
June 22, 2009
This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit.
June 19, 2009
The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 19, 2009
Harold Ramis' comedy is more evolved than the trailers let on, but after a solid hit to the popcorn audience's vestigial funny bone, the humor retreats into a lazy, generic swamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 19, 2009
Year One is nowhere near as funny as the ancient-civilization movies I saw in high school: Life of Brian, History of the World Part I, Caligula. Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 19, 2009
Has neither wit nor wisdom nor charm nor beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 19, 2009
There is plenty of lowbrow, knuckle-dragging humor; coupled with all the gay jokes, poop jokes, Jewish jokes and you're-stupider-than-I-am jokes, the arrested-development crowd will no doubt be thoroughly entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
June 19, 2009
It ambles along uncertainly, hobbled by the lack of chemistry between its two lead actors, and by gags that either try too hard or suffer from being barely there.
June 19, 2009
Black and Cera posed in cave-man outfits for an amusing poster. Then the movie was brought forth and things went downhill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 19, 2009
Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2009
Year One is a good short skit drawn out far, far too long, another big, dumb offering to the summer movie gods that is unlikely to appease or please anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 19, 2009
A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2009
Year One is a slapdash concoction with an overreliance on scatological gags and a long lag time between laughs. I freely admit that. Yet I have a certain affection for this movie, if only because of its conceptual simplicity.
June 19, 2009
Let's start with the praise because there won't be much: As comedy pairings go, you could do a lot worse than Jack Black and Michael Cera.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 19, 2009
Somehow, despite the presence of those reliable actors and the highly advanced skills of comic veterans Harold Ramis and Judd Apatow behind the scenes, Year One manages to be a dud.
June 19, 2009
The jokes are so laden with groaners you almost expect to hear rim shots after every line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2009
"Year One" is the kind of stuff Mel Brooks would have whipped up back in the day -- and, frankly, whipped through in about a half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 18, 2009
Mostly Year One moves along ploddingly, stepping frequently into bathroom humor and never quite funny enough to justify its high concept; when it's over, it quickly slips away.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2009
A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.
June 18, 2009
Year One is scattershot and silly, squandering its potential by relying on juvenile bawdy humor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2009
On paper, Ramis and producer Apatow set themselves up for success: The cast is a who's who of funnymen. Unfortunately, the script doesn't give them a whole lot to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
June 18, 2009
Any good will the movie generates is grated right back off by Black, whose obnoxiousness has lost whatever charm it once possessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 18, 2009
The actors make a surprisingly effective comic team, with Black's manic energy trampolining off Cera's deflated passivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 18, 2009
It's a potentially funny, tricky premise, and in the hands of someone as talented and slightly skewed as writer-director Harold Ramis and a pair of writers from The Office, it should have worked.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 18, 2009
Talk about a disaster of Biblical proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 17, 2009
On the surface, it resembles Monty Python's Life of Brian. Yet underneath, there's cheap material. Sometimes, it briefly gleams; but in the final reckoning, it's dull.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
June 17, 2009
Platt, more than anyone, is the soul of the movie, because he makes even the most
 primitive perversity sound...well, civilized.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 17, 2009
Just because the picture's setting is ancient doesn't mean the humor has to be, too.
June 17, 2009
An amiable stroll through biblical times featuring Jack Black and Michael Cera as exiled Neanderthals, Year One lacks seismic guffaws but elicits many mild smiles.