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  • Summary: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 14 out of 28
  1. A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
  2. It's the knockabout biblical lark Mel Brooks never got around to making.
  3. 50
    Year One is not really THAT bad and not ENTIRELY without laughs.
  4. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  5. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Any good will the movie generates, though, is grated right back off by Black, whose obnoxiousness has lost whatever charm it once possessed.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Unbearably painful from shrugging start to outtakes-laden finish, Harold Ramis’ half-assed, hare-brained return to writing and directing makes Mel Brooks’ equally muddled, soporific "History of the World, Part 1" look downright majestic by comparison.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 72
  2. Negative: 28 out of 72
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    I really don't understand the low rating because I absolutely loved this movie. I've watched it several times and could keep on watching it again and again. I wasn't a Jack Black fan before seeing this, but now I'm more interested in seeing his movies. Michael Cera was terrific, as one might expect. Expand
  2. JamesM
    Jul 6, 2009
    This movie is so funny I laughed my pants off my thought is that Michael Cera was better than Jack Black I would say this is a great summer comedy.
  3. JacobL
    Jul 1, 2009
    I loved this movie. However, the reason while it isn't a 9 or 10 is because as at this certain point (when the two cave men enter the barbaric city) the jokes sudden stop becoming as fun as they were before and I found myself either not laughing as hard as I was before or not laughing at all. Nonetheless, this is a movie definitely worth checking out that anyone who loves a good comedy should see. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2011
    Year one is barely sporadically funny, predictabally lame, but the film does offer some rather surprising gross out gags, that some if not most summer comedy fans will enjoy Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2013
    A very mis-matched movie, it mixes humor seen in bad cartoons with adult sex references. The movie has some great actors in tow but none really do anything laugh-worthy. The movie goes nowhere for a large portion and makes no good use of the actors comedic talents. I watched it all the way through but took away nothing but the fact the movie was below average at best. Expand
  6. williamw
    Jun 24, 2009
    Jack Black - funny actor. Michael Cera - devoid of humour, charisma and charm. Jokes - ok'ish, but mostly flat.
  7. CJ
    Jun 21, 2009
    The entire movie contained forced comedy and lacked imagination. Many actor/actresses should be ashamed that their names and careers are tied to this piece. If you expect nothing from this movie, you are asking for too much. Expand

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