A Good Year Synopsis
A banker inherits his uncle's French vineyard, then meets a woman who claims it is hers.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Gorgeous photography and strong acting keep the formula from becoming stale. For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable...
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The scenery is glorious; you can almost feel the sunshine and smell the wine. But Crowe and Scott are bulls in Mayle's china shop. Like an...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's difficult to ignore the fact that they've created a romantic comedy that has almost no romance and even less comedy.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Nothing more than a bad harvest.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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...
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication...
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38

USA Today

By 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...
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There isn't a milliliter of honest feeling from start to finish, and precious little comedy or romance.
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Not quite pickled

By RandytheMovieFan
Extremely predictable but pleasant enough movie. Enjoyed seeing Russell Crowe try a different type of role (romantic comedy), but the results were just so-so....

fun movie

By hamster_guy
mostly predictable, nicely done, a good time....

A great GNO

By Rigglette
Russell Crowe is a joy in this movie....

A Good Year

By crowelady
A charming change of pace for Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe.  Beautiful scenery and very well acted.  It's unfortunate that many reviewers are unable to accept Mr. Crowe as...

A Good Year

By MovieJackie
I loved A Good Year. Russell Crowe surprised me because he was exceptional in his part. I loved the book and the movie is just a good. It was relaxing and wonderful. The scenery was exquisite and...

Great movie!

By brahh
Very enjoyable movie...plan to purchase the DVD when it comes out....

a good year

By treedog
A great movie with a refreshing theme. The scenery was great. The casting was well done. All in all a great evening out....

Good but long

By very
Russell Crowe ws charming, even when doing pratfalls. I like the movie a great deal, especially it's message that career isn't evything. It did, however, drag a bit toward the end....

Ridley Scott switches to a boring, weak film just to be with his buddy Russel Crowe.

By Dominic LeRose
Ridley Scott has been a very versatile and skilled director just like how Russell Crowe has been a very versatile and skilled actor. The two have teamed up for many projects including "Gladiator",...

a good year

By kimnalani
enjoyed the lightness of the movie, the comparison between hectic/ chase money life to really finding your personal space. Favorite line "its your life that doesn't suit this place"...

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Rated PG-13 | For language and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.
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