Year One
Year One (2009)

Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Zed (Black) and Oh… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Creatively it's a giant step backwards, with Jack Black and Michael Cera playing to the kids as inept hunter-gatherers who stumble across various Old Testament characters.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit.

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Simon Miraudo

In the beginning there was light, which was closely followed by the fart joke.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

'Year One' wants to be seen as a freeform, knockabout trawl through Biblical history, perfect for an undemanding Saturday night. There are only two problems: it's kind of dull and just isn't funny.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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?

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Ali Gray

Stretched painfully thin to feature length, it's a concept that's gestated for 34 years but hasn't evolved a microbe. It also proves that the Harold Ramis of '09 has nothing on the Harold Ramis of '75.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

[Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them.

Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

Harold Ramis' comedy is more evolved than the trailers let on, but after a solid hit to the popcorn audience's vestigial funny bone, the humor retreats into a lazy, generic swamp.

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Joshua Starnes

Dudley Moore once made a pretty forgettable comedy giving various well-worn bible stories a light irony wash by reacting to them with the skepticism and confusion a person of today might. Year One is basically that, but dumber.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
God awful!
Scott Green
It seems that Harold Ramis didn't know that putting Cera and Black is a big mistake, Jack way of expressing comedy is way to different to how Cera shows… More
Brian De Guelle
disapointing mess!!!!
Jim Careter
Year One is a terrible example of a comedy film, it has nothing but toilet humor and thats a sign of a crappy film. The plot is as pointless as they get, and… More
Kevin M. Williams
Humor must be highly subjective. I didn't see this when it came out because it looked like it was "too high school" but I laughed myself sick… More
Manu Gino
Meet your ancestors Saw it again! Pretty decent funny not boring movie. It was very entertaining and it was a trip just observing the past as they joke about… More