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Brüno (2009)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 215
Fresh: 146 | Rotten: 69

Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 21

Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.



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Borat trickster Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the big screen to offer yet another stinging dose of sociopolitical satire in this comedy that finds him assuming the persona of gay fashionmonger Bruno, the self-proclaimed "voice of Austrian youth TV." Originally conceived as part of Baron Cohen's cult television series Da Ali G Show, the character of Bruno offered a cleverly costumed Baron Cohen the opportunity to highlight the absurdities of the fashion industry by interviewing unsuspecting




Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer

Nov 17, 2009


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Undeniably funny, but the targets are far too obvious.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (4)
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Wholly unsuitable for children, yet propelled by a nagging puerility that will appeal only to those in the vortex of puberty, or to adults who have failed to progress beyond it.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (44)
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There are lots of moments in this movie that are genuinely funny.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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It's certainly not that there aren't a few funny moments in the film. There are, but overwhelmingly, Bruno's stunts are demeaning, they are insulting and they are really cruel.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (7)
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There's good bad taste and then there's just plain bad bad, which is what describes most of Brüno.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (10)
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Baron Cohen's instincts for outrage are spot on. It's not insight we need at all right now, but a very sharp bonk on the head.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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Sacha Baron Cohen's latest shock comedy Bruno is a nasty, tired and pointless retread of the gifted comedian's previous work.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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if mixed martial arts fans who view the film are forever after afraid of fighters getting aroused during a ground-and-pound session on the mat, then Baron Cohen did the job right.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A plot synopsis doesn't quite capture the visceral thrill of our hero's bizarre and shocking adventure.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

The only thing Cohen can do is to throw the character's sexuality in people's faces, but there are several brilliant sequences of baiting and utilizing American gay panic that really hit the satirical button.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Regrettable Sincerity
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there are very little or no examples of comedic genius in this film

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comments (3)

Staged or not, Cohen still displays a fearlessness and commitment to character unparalleled in the comedy world today.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comment (1)
Orlando Weekly

The first 45 minutes [...] might be the most concentrated bit of cinematic hilarity since Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

[Homophobia] deserves confrontation, but when done in the manner of the movie here, it is less enlightening than it is just plain squirmingly funny.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Merely a collection of supposedly shocking jokes about homosexuality and gay sex.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

You can watch Bruno purely as outrageousness or you can view it while pondering where the line is - or should be - between incisive social commentary and misanthropy.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The only thing Cohen can do is to throw the character's sexuality in people's faces, but there are several brilliant sequences of baiting and utilizing American gay panic that really hit the satirical button.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source:

For all of its button-pushing, the end result is almost as superficial as its egocentric hero.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

There are more consequences of his situations than there are laughs derived from them. Not everyone around here is a Howard Stern.

November 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

What "Bruno" may lack in setup innovation, character conviction or "Borat's" inherent sweetness, it makes up for by pushing things beyond points of comfort or, in some cases, personal safety. Successfully uproarious in slaying social stratification.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

As outlandish as the central character is, he uncovers some biting truths that no comedy writer could invent any better.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

In the end, Bruno simply isn't as funny as Borat. ... Mr. Baron Cohen is too often forcing the issue instead of letting the humor emerge organically.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Illustrates not the public's gullibility but a comic's waning sense of danger

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Bruno has one crucial element Borat lacked, a satirical point of view.

August 21, 2009 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Artificial e cruel quando deveria ser espontâneo e instigante, finalmente acaba cometendo um erro fatal para qualquer comédia: leva o espectador a sentir dó das "vítimas" de seu astro.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

As with Borat, there are plenty of outrageous moments that will make you simultaneously laugh and squirm...

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
New England Movies Weekly

Audience Reviews for Brüno

three stars
January 31, 2014
MisterYoda ?

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July 18, 2013
Directors Cat
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Ăber-bad, how mĂ 1/4ch worse can yoĂ 1/4 get?

Full review coming to on 7/11
July 3, 2013

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Bruno: It's just this bear took my clothes. He took everything apart from these condoms.

"Borat was so 2006."

I have a sort of love, hate thing going on with Bruno. At one glance, there's enough brilliant social commentary to make up for how over the top and downright disgusting at times, the film is sexually. Dildo machines, gerbils, everything can be shoved up there according to Bruno and it's all just a little too much. Like I said though, some of the social commentary is really well done.

Bruno is a fashion show host in his native Austria. After destroying a runway show, he gets fired and heads to the United States to become uber-famous. He tries his luck with acting, with hosting, with sex tapes, and nothing works. He's a lost, gay, Austrian in America trying to find his niche. The plot is extremely thin, but it gives a lot of room to fuck with known people like Ron Paul and Paula Abdul. 

There's a couple of scenes that actually had some brilliance behind them even though you may not realize it at the time. The scene where Bruno talks to Paula Abdul about her humanitarian efforts is simply hilarious and fantastic. Another high point was when Bruno was interviewing parents for their kids getting parts in whatever it was that he was doing. He would ask them if their children were comfortable around the most ludicrous stuff like burning phosphorous and then we would soon hear the parents answer back, "Yes." 

This may not be the most civilized movie out there. I can't argue that it's all a bit much, but there's something to take away from it all. Apart from that, Sacha Baren Cohen is a pretty funny guy that can make some of the most ridiculous characters come to life. I'm not saying his characters are what we need to see, but there's some fun to be hand with the utter ridiculousness of every detail of his characters.
May 13, 2013
Melvin White

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    1. Bruno: Mein plan was to become the biggest gay movie star since Schwarzenegger.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Bruno: I am going to be the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Bruno: I am going to be the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Bruno: Can I give you guys a word of advice? Lose the beards, because your King Osama looks like a kind of dirty wizard... or a homeless Santa.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
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