Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 14 out of 28
  1. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  2. 38
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
  3. 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?
  4. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  5. A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    Any good will the movie generates, though, is grated right back off by Black, whose obnoxiousness has lost whatever charm it once possessed.
  7. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  8. During all of the film’s oh-so-long 97 minutes, Year One, barely earns a snicker.
  9. 20
    The only people who should be peeved enough to raise hell about Year One are the viewers who had to pay to sit through it.
  10. 20
    Creatively it's a giant step backwards.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Calvert
    12
    We loved this movie the first three times we saw it, when it was called "Life of Brian," "Wholly Moses," and "History of the World Part 1."
  12. 10
    This is shtick that’s minimally a generation past its expiration date.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    0
    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.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 71
  2. Negative: 28 out of 71
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    3
    It was kind of funny, but it was also full of gross, unnecessary dialogue. Overall, it was O.K., but I am giving it a 3 out of disgust. One of Jack Black, the #1 comedian in the world's weakest movies. Full Review »
  2. Feb 4, 2011
    10
    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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2010
    2
    I rated this movie the total number of times I snickered throughout its entire 97 minutes. It really boils down to the fact that Jack Black and Michael Cera are a bad combo; combine that with the movie's lackluster writing and you get "Year One." Full Review »