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. A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
  2. Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
  3. This is just silliness run mildly wild.
  4. It's the knockabout biblical lark Mel Brooks never got around to making.
  5. Dopey but resourceful yukfest.
  6. 63
    At best it's a bit like Mel Brooks' "The History of the World Part I" (except Ramis stops somewhere in Genesis); at worst it's like a Scary Movie-type parody of John Huston's "The Bible."
  7. 50
    Year One is not really THAT bad and not ENTIRELY without laughs.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    The humor, largely centered around bodily functions and bathroom habits, is almost exclusively sophomoric.
  9. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    I have a certain affection for this movie, if only because of its conceptual simplicity.
  10. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Lacks seismic guffaws but elicits many mild smiles.
  11. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    42
    Year One isn't dreadful; it just isn't nearly as funny as it hopes to be.
  12. A lot of comedic talent founders in this new Harold Ramis comedy that doesn't exactly recall his glory days of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
  13. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    40
    Unless you pine for second-tier Mel Brooks, you'll find more laughs in the Old Testament itself.
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    40
    There is no real plot either; instead the narrative seems designed to get this prehistoric pair from one funny sketch to the next, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
  15. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  16. 38
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
  17. 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?
  18. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  19. A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.
  20. 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.
  21. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  22. During all of the film’s oh-so-long 97 minutes, Year One, barely earns a snicker.
  23. 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.
  24. 20
    Creatively it's a giant step backwards.
  25. 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."
  26. 10
    This is shtick that’s minimally a generation past its expiration date.
  27. 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
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 148 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. 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 »
  3. MikeW
    Jun 22, 2009
    8
    Ok seriously, 95% of the time I agree with most of the critical concensus here. But on this one, I can't believe it has such a low score. The movie was FUNNY, it just was. Sure there were holes in the plot, sure the writers took short cuts, sure the ending wasn't great. But for my money, it was just a simple mostly hilarious movie and my friends and I laughed our asses off to it. Michael Cera was hilarious as he usually is, and he basically stole the best lines from Jack Black David Cross was great too. Year One, don't entirely buy the critical dismissiveness on this one. If you want to laugh, consider seeing this. Full Review »