A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Even if bowling isn't your sport, this colorful documentary is still an entertaining watch.


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Can one of America's least glamorous sports survive a media-savvy makeover...and can it survive without one? In the 1950s and '60s, bowling was one of America's most popular sports, with millions spending their spare time on the lanes and watching professional bowling on television. However, the game's popularity took a nosedive in the 1980s and '90s, and matters only got worse when network television dropped regular bowling coverage. Eventually, the Professional Bowlers Association was bought … More

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Television, Sports & Fitness, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

It's a workmanlike film, but by the time two of the above bowlers are rolling against each other for the PBA championship, Browne has the audience sweating every spare.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
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After a few flourishes of Errol Morris-like editing, first-timer Browne settles into a tone resembling the ESPN telecasts so crucial to the PBA's revenue stream, thriving on the intrinsic drama of competition and the league's emerging star system.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Village Voice
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The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.

July 8, 2005
Detroit News
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Manages to be funny, sad and as informative as you'd want any movie about bowling to be.

July 8, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It's a curious movie, in the best sense, acknowledging that everybody is obsessed with something, then finding out why this particular group of people is obsessed with this particular pastime.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Denver Post
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Amusing and insightful.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Youd think a documentary about bowling would be boring but I was suprised how much I enjoyed this flick.Great documentary

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