Year of the Carnivore (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Year of the Carnivore (2009)





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Sammy Smalls (Cristin Milioti), a twenty-something tomboy, wants to find love that will stick, and a job that doesn't make her queasy with guilt (she hunts down shoplifters at the local grocery stoe and delivers them to her abusive boss). Most of all, she wants to be better in bed -- but how does a quirky girl with limited experience pursue a more worldly existence? The indie romantic comedy-drama Year of the Carnivore tracks her charmingly laviscuous journey towards self-discovery and sexual self-confidence.

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Cristin Milioti
as Sammy Smalls
Sheila McCarthy
as Mrs. Smalls
Kevin McDonald
as Mr. Smalls
Eugene Lipinski
as Lloyd Zaslavsky
Linda Uyehara Hoffman
as Miss Nakamura
Don Thompson
as Lazowski
Nick Cheply
as Kevin The Head Banger
Scott Patey
as Jerry the Sound Guy
Jenny Kuecks
as Rebecca
Paul Herbert
as Dr. Parson
Trey Agnew
as Punk King
Kimberly Unger
as Camille the Florist
Camille Mitchell
as Anya Zaslavsky
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Critic Reviews for Year of the Carnivore

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Any picture with a legitimate claim as a good sex comedy is obliged to be (a) sexy and (b) comic. If neither, then what's left?

June 18, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A decidedly quirky yet endearing comedy that wears its Juno crush like a hickey -- and I mean that in a good way.

June 17, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

All in all, there's a sweetness to The Year of the Carnivore that survives its flaws. It is not successful as a comedy in the sense of there being a lot of laughs. But it is an interesting and different character portrait.

June 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Year of the Carnivore


A nerdy grocery store detective begins "sexual training" to earn the affections of a musician. Cristin Milioti, aka the girl with the yellow umbrella, shines in the lead role, but the film is troubled by the fact that very few of the characters are at all likable. Normally, unlikeable characters aren't a problem for me, but when the object of the protagonist's affections is an utter dick, we judge the protagonist; we all put on our "gay best friend" hats and say, "Girl, you're so much better than this." Some of the situations Sammy finds herself in are chuckle-worthy (the mother teaching Sammy how to use a vibrator and the resulting threesome), but that's about the extent of the film's humor. Overall, Ted's future wife is quirky and adorable, but her film choice needs improvement.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


It was okay. Kinda reminds me of someone from real life. But not great enough to recommend.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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