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A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2005)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

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

Mar 21, 2006

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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.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: 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.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: 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.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Amusing and insightful.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The new and improved Tour now has a terrifically well-made and astute film documenting its birthing pains.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

easy to take in, much like spending an afternoon at the lanes with some watery beer

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source:

"League" is unexpectedly inspiring as we watch the plucky little league, which only draws a quarter of the advertising revenue of hockey despite having better TV ratings, fight for its survival.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Homely but enjoyable...if you might not want to join this 'League' permanently, you should find it a pleasant crew to spend ninety minutes with.

October 4, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Without the social questions posed at the beginning of the film, the footage of the competition is not likely to be strong enough on its own to lasso in a new generation of players.

October 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Director Christopher Browne took a lesson from Steve Miller, when it comes to bowling on TV (or in the movies), 'it's all about scoring, pace, and energy'.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source:

Closer to a rah-rah public-relations video than a curtain-yanking investigative piece.

August 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Bowling with Purpose and Meaning, even if they aren't Bowling for Columbine

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Gentlemen is distinguished by its extraordinary access to the players and tour operators.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Marvelously entertaining.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Christopher Browne's documentary acquaints us with these gentlemen by presenting us their passionate quirks that actually don't make them very ordinary at all.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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