Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 146 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. 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 »
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    Ummmm... What can I say about this movie? It has disapointed me more then all the past god of war knock-off movies combined. As a christian I am thouroughly offended by the jokes and during the entire film there were bladenly obvious and unclever sexual references and jokes. I'm all for them if there clever and funny (arrested development for example) but I almost hated sopmorical humor after watching this piece of s***. I am not even kidding one of my friends I was watching this with just walked out and I discussed with my other friend wether we should join him or not and now I wish I did. I am not even kidding when I say that I double dipped with my two friends to watch the new (now old) star trek and felt no shame as year one was worth getting paid to watch. Full Review »