(2006)

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47

Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
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.
50
Variety
A simple repast consisting of sometimes strained slapsticky comedy, a sweet romance and a life lesson learned, this little picnic doesn't amount to much but goes down easily enough.
50
Even judged by the not excessively demanding standards of middle-aged renovation fantasies, A Good Year isn’t much.
50
Crowe, despite his loutish rep, is forever surprising viewers by slipping snugly into the disparate characters he plays. This time he surprises by failing. Oh, he can do engaging as smartly as he does stalwart or tortured, but he gets sabotaged by the cloying script.
50
Village Voice
Scott can do mayhem, dystopia, and the rampaging alien (extraterrestrial, android, Somali, Demi Moore) with the best of them, but the breezy touch is not his forte.
50
Premiere
Finney, only seen in these flashbacks, is pitch perfect.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Nothing more than a bad harvest.
40
The Merlot to "Sideways" Pinot, this is one of those middling movies that, while never terrible, also never really impresses.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
40
Austin Chronicle
If nothing else, this adaptation of Peter Mayle's umpteenth ode to livin' la vie en Provence will make you wonder about Ridley Scott and the directorial aging process.

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