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About the Movie
"Oscar-winner Russell Crowe reunites with Gladiator director Ridley Scott in A Good Year, a Fox 2000 Pictures presentation. Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) is a highly successful investment expert with no time for life outside work. When his estranged uncle dies, Max inherits the vineyard in France where he grew up as a child, and his first intention is to sell the vineyard as quickly as possible. But after spending unexpected time at the Vineyard in France, he discovers a part of himself that he had lost and experiences romance and a blossoming new love affair with a beautiful French woman that changes his life forever. A Good Year is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Peter Mayle."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 130
- Fresh: 33
- Rotten: 97
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A Good Year, an innocuous, feel-good movie that reunites Russell Crowe with the director Ridley Scott, is a three-P movie: pleasant, pretty and predictable. One might add piddling.
Rotten: Russell Crowe has many talents, but a gift for light comedy is not one of them.
Rotten: Despite some stunning visuals and a lot of nice moments, the finished product feels like the work of an actor and director who are out of their element.
Rotten: Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication of Peter Mayle's novel and this cockamamie adaptation.
A brilliant movie.
I love this movie. I"ve watched it at least 4 times in the past 3 years. Russel Crowe only chooses movies that are worthwhile. The transformation of such a brilliant character as Crowe's is lovely to watch. It feels as though one is allowed a look at the most intimate moments of the character's life.
Russell Crowe & Ridley Scott
These two make a great team where movies are concerned. What I really like about this movie, besides Russell Crowe, is that it is lighthearted, funny, and well acted by everyone involved! BRAVO!
A guilty pleasure
I love romantic comedies, knowing full well when I watch them that I have seen this story many many times before, with only the venue, names, and details changing. Like a child begging its parents to read the same bedtime story over and over, I watch A Good Year with much the same childlike passion for the predictable. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, there is a threat of some sort, at the last moment boy wins girl back, there is a kiss, and in this 21st century scenario, an implied marriage (or at least extended cohabitation). There is usually some subplot concerning a struggle for power, money, or property, or, perhaps, for one's own soul. There is deception as well. And finally, this film is like a green play; in the Shakespearean sense, where we have an opposition between the big bad city (London) and the honest rustic countryside (Provence, France). A Good Year has all of this and more. The girl, in this case, Fanny Channel (Marion Cotillard) is the means by which Maximillian (Russell Crowe) rediscovers his childhood memories and his quite apt "intoxication" for his uncle's vineyard. The rest is done by the magic of the place (shot in golden dappled light, in warm, earthy colors) while London is all dark blues & blacks with overcast skies. There is so much more. As art, this film is exquisite. The cinematography, the writing, the acting, the vision, all weave a lovely, well crafted work. The topic may not be serious, but the film making is and it's fun fun fun.