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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 20
    Creatively it's a giant step backwards.
  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. 10
    This is shtick that’s minimally a generation past its expiration date.
  6. 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.
  7. During all of the film’s oh-so-long 97 minutes, Year One, barely earns a snicker.
  8. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  9. 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."
  10. 38
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
  11. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  12. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  13. A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 72
  2. Negative: 28 out of 72
  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 »