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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
    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
    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
    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. BryanK
    Jun 26, 2009
    This film was a very comical film despite critical complaints. I began watching this film with the belief it would be terrible or unwatchable, however it was very enjoyable and funny. It spoofed many Bible stories which was offensive when it first began, but it improved and became central to the story's development. Jack Black played his usual rebellious character who does not agree with the "norm" who in the end comes out on top. Michael Cera plays his character with a sense of logic and intelligence who is sexually attracted to the female lead. Their were awkward moments which were for some particular reason entertaining such as Michael Cera saving the main female lead through sex (Don't ask me why). Overall it was an entertaining film and one which is not appreciated by the critics. When viewing this film, a person is to let their mind go and not question the movie, but simply enjoy it. Expand
  3. Colin
    Aug 5, 2009
    I thought it was a really funny, well made movie. Does not suck. At all.
  4. Feb 1, 2011
    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 Collapse
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    I actually felt my I.Q. level fall at least a few points after this idiot-fest was over. I can also thank this movie for single-handedly destroying my respect for every actor in it, especially the two leads. Paul Rudd, how could you? Expand
  7. CJ
    Jun 21, 2009
    The entire movie contained forced comedy and lacked imagination. Many actor/actresses should be ashamed that their names and careers are tied to this piece. If you expect nothing from this movie, you are asking for too much. Expand

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