A Good Year


Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
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  1. 75
    Gorgeous photography and strong acting keep the formula from becoming stale. For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable rhythms, A Good Year represents a pleasant diversion.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
  3. 70
    Ridley Scott's A Good Year is a bonbon made by a mechanic, a well-intentioned diversion put together by someone who clumsily adds the right ingredients in the wrong proportions at the wrong time. But sometimes, if you get the sugar level close to right, you can do OK, and A Good Year offers some pretty basic pleasures that movies often fail to give us these days.
  4. Because Crowe is hamstrung by his role, he never strikes the requisite sparks with Cotillard. This is quite an achievement, since her beauty is on par with Provence's.
  5. It's an art-house genre piece, very much in the tradition of "Enchanted April," "Shirley Valentine" and "Under the Tuscan Sun." But, a few charming scenes aside, A Good Year is in the hands of the wrong star and wrong director.
  6. 67
    Apart from the movie's moments of flesh and fantasy, it lacks the lyric impulse that would make the swank fantasy take flight.
  7. 63
    Scott embraces the lightness of the material instead of trying to give it unnecessary weight, and even if he's far from the ideal filmmaker to choreograph bits of slapstick, A Good Year is never less than visually ravishing.
  8. 63
    May not be vintage stuff, but it goes down fairly smoothly.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Broad, hackneyed and stultifyingly predictable.
  10. 63
    The scenery is glorious; you can almost feel the sunshine and smell the wine. But Crowe and Scott are bulls in Mayle's china shop. Like an assertive Burgundy served with a delicate fish, they're a classic wrong pairing.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A simple repast consisting of sometimes strained slapsticky comedy, a sweet romance and a life lesson learned, this little picnic doesn't amount to much but goes down easily enough.
  12. 50
    Even judged by the not excessively demanding standards of middle-aged renovation fantasies, A Good Year isn’t much.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Crowe, despite his loutish rep, is forever surprising viewers by slipping snugly into the disparate characters he plays. This time he surprises by failing. Oh, he can do engaging as smartly as he does stalwart or tortured, but he gets sabotaged by the cloying script.
  14. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    Scott can do mayhem, dystopia, and the rampaging alien (extraterrestrial, android, Somali, Demi Moore) with the best of them, but the breezy touch is not his forte.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    Finney, only seen in these flashbacks, is pitch perfect.
  16. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    The film, for all its pretensions of revelatory, life-altering enlightenment, is actually about as deep as a wading pool, as substantive as cotton candy.
  17. 50
    Though he invests every ounce of his considerable charisma in the lead role, Russell Crowe still comes across as a man unworthy of the paradise offered to him.
  18. Russell Crowe is invariably involving on screen, and Ridley Scott is a splendid director when the material is right. No film they collaborate on will be devoid of interest, but A Good Year almost is.
  19. 50
    There's a lot of self-conscious talk about the importance of timing, but the tony sense of entitlement tends to dampen any laughs. The movie functions best as a middle-class Euro-postcard along the lines of "Chocolat" or "Under the Tuscan Sun."
  20. A Good Year is a three-P movie: pleasant, pretty and predictable. One might add piddling.
  21. The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
  22. 50
    The plot is like a sudoku puzzle with all but one square filled in.
  23. It's difficult to ignore the fact that they've created a romantic comedy that has almost no romance and even less comedy.
  24. Fans of both Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe should not be too bummed with the mild sedative that is A Good Year.
  25. Nothing more than a bad harvest.
  26. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    The Merlot to "Sideways" Pinot, this is one of those middling movies that, while never terrible, also never really impresses.
  27. You sense in every frame the strain to be lighthearted. Consequently, A Good Year is at times downright clumsy. You know what the filmmakers are trying to achieve and see the labor going into the attempt, but for them to fall so short is unsettling.
  28. 40
    If nothing else, this adaptation of Peter Mayle's umpteenth ode to livin' la vie en Provence will make you wonder about Ridley Scott and the directorial aging process.
  29. 40
    Falls as flat as a bottle of corked Bordeaux.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.
  31. Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication of Peter Mayle's novel and this cockamamie adaptation.
  32. Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe attempt light romantic comedy in A Good Year, and the results are as grindingly discordant as a punk band writing a suite of waltzes.
  33. There isn't a milliliter of honest feeling from start to finish, and precious little comedy or romance.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. EdwardL
    Oct 17, 2009
    This is one of my favorite romantic comedies.
  2. MaghanC.
    Jul 2, 2007
    F-y'all. My boy Russell is hot, and so is this movie. The soundtrack was incredible!
  3. LindaL.
    May 28, 2007
    It's hard to believe Russell Crowe could be this bad. He's such a fantastic actor that I wanted to believe he could do OK in this It's hard to believe Russell Crowe could be this bad. He's such a fantastic actor that I wanted to believe he could do OK in this change-of-pace role, but it's just not his cup of chardonnay. Something I haven't seen mentioned: The soundtrack here is horrible! It's incongruous, annoying, irrelevant; a smart, pleasant score might have helped (a little). Full Review »