Year of the Carnivore is a 2009 Canadian romantic comedy about a grocery store detective with a crush on a boy who rejects her because she has too little sexual experience. Year of the Carnivore is Sook-Yin Lee's feature directorial debut and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Canada First selection. The promotional poster was designed by Chester Brown, with whom Lee has remained close friends after their four-year relationship ended in 1996. Upon its release in Canada, Year of the Carnivore has received mostly positive yet polarized reviews. Exclaim Magazine's Robert Bell wrote: "Those that do get it will find much to laugh about...Lee has crafted a film of undeniable uniqueness that, aptly enough, seems exactly like the sort of thing she would make, which may be used as an insult by some and a high compliment by others." CTV Movie reviewer Richard Crouse gave it a 4/5 stars: "Sammy’s search for meaning in her life is heartfelt and compelling. Milioti leads the strong cast in a performance that radiates vulnerability and humor.