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A Good Year Review

Movies.com Critics

1.5

Dave White Profile

… pretty boring and lame. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    There isn't a milliliter of honest feeling from start to finish, and precious little comedy or romance.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    You sense in every frame the strain to be lighthearted. Consequently, A Good Year is at times downright clumsy. You know what the filmmakers are trying to achieve and see the labor going into the attempt, but for them to fall so short is unsettling.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Nothing more than a bad harvest.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Gorgeous photography and strong acting keep the formula from becoming stale. For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable rhythms, A Good Year represents a pleasant diversion.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that main character Max is selfish and greedy and doesn't care who he hurts to get ahead. His whole life is about making money, and he revels in the fact that he's good at it, even though people hate him. Wine and drinking figure prominently in the storyline, and the romance between two characters gets a little steamy (they flirt, tear each other's clothes off, and end up in bed), but it's nothing teens haven't seen before. That said, most teens probably won't be too interested in this one, since it focuses on more mid-life issues.

  • Families can talk about what's important in life: money or family? Max has lived his life solely for himself and his own gain -- how has that affected his quality of life? How can people balance earning a good living with having time for friends and family? Is it possible to do both? What kinds of sacrifices are needed? What does Max learn in the course of the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Max is greedy and selfish and will walk over anyone to get ahead. People hate him, and he relishes it.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Crazy driving while talking on a cell phone. Max falls into an empty pool and can't get out. Fanny floods it with water while he's in there.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Romance and flirting between characters, sexual banter, bedroom scene, female characters in tight dresses with cleavage.

  • language false0

    Language: Pretty mild: "Hell," "ass," "bullocks."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Sanyo; Max relies heavily on his Treo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine, drinking, and getting drunk figure prominently in the storyline.

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