Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 14 out of 28
  1. 38
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
  2. This is just silliness run mildly wild.
  3. Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The humor, largely centered around bodily functions and bathroom habits, is almost exclusively sophomoric.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    Year One is not really THAT bad and not ENTIRELY without laughs.
  9. A thoroughly, sometimes gaggingly broad and sly conceptual laugh-in.
  10. 20
    Creatively it's a giant step backwards.
  11. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  12. It's the knockabout biblical lark Mel Brooks never got around to making.
  13. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  14. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  15. During all of the film’s oh-so-long 97 minutes, Year One, barely earns a snicker.
  16. A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.
  17. 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."
  18. 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."
  19. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Lacks seismic guffaws but elicits many mild smiles.
  20. 10
    This is shtick that’s minimally a generation past its expiration date.
  21. Dopey but resourceful yukfest.
  22. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Unless you pine for second-tier Mel Brooks, you'll find more laughs in the Old Testament itself.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Calvert
    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."
  24. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    I have a certain affection for this movie, if only because of its conceptual simplicity.
  25. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    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.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Year One isn't dreadful; it just isn't nearly as funny as it hopes to be.
User Score

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
    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
    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
    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 »