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  • Summary: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. (Sony Pictures)
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. It's the knockabout biblical lark Mel Brooks never got around to making.
  3. 50
    Year One is not really THAT bad and not ENTIRELY without laughs.
  4. 38
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
  5. 30
    Year One sets prehistoric comedy back at least 20 years.
  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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 71
  2. Negative: 28 out of 71
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2013
    9
    Michal Cera character do this film funny, literlay this film without him is crap, Jack Black sucks, but still have funny moments, so, i think that this film is a few laughs and generally good Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2010
    8
    I had very low expectations about this movie since Jack Black has made some real duds (be kind, rewind, Nacho Libre, etc) but I was very surprised to find myself laughing out load at times and overall I enjoyed this movie very much. The plot is simplistic but the comedy is very witty and fresh.Cera's character is great and his rumblings and lines are witty and funny, there were several surprise cameo appearance's also, one of the funnier ones involves Paul Rudd who I really enjoy. This movie is not a 10 but is definitely worth seeing if you like funny movies because the vast majority of them are stinkers, I have recommended this movie to several friends and all have said the same thing after watching it, they thought that it was very funny. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2011
    5
    Year one is barely sporadically funny, predictabally lame, but the film does offer some rather surprising gross out gags, that some if not most summer comedy fans will enjoy Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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." Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2011
    0
    Awful movie. Jack Black just isn't funny. He has had one decent movie in the school of rock, and he has been riding that movie to bust after bust after bust. Cera never has been good. I have seen actors playing in high school plays perform better. I watched about 10 minutes of this movie. It had no plot, no character development, and was relying on the pre-teen/teen crowd to carry the ratings. Expand

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