Bruno (2000)



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Shirley MacLaine makes her feature directorial debut with this offbeat comedy. Bruno (Alex D. Linz) is an eight-year-old boy attending a Catholic school; he is bright, is a good student, and wants to become an etymologist. He also likes to wear dresses, which causes him plenty of problems -- bullies beat him up on a regular basis, and the school's Mother Superior (Kathy Bates) thinks that something must be wrong with him. Bruno's mother Angela (Stacey Halprin), who tips the scales at 450 pounds, … More

Rating: PG-13 (rude language, mean-spirited behavior, and some thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: David Ciminello
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On DVD: Aug 16, 2003
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as Sister Della Rosa

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Critic Reviews for Bruno

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

November 3, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

The Dress Code is Shirley MacLaine's unfortunate foray into the director's chair, and it's so feeble an attempt that it substantiates allegations of her being crazy.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Apollo Guide

July 16, 2005

Full Review… | May 13, 2005
Apollo Guide

December 29, 2004

Audience Reviews for Bruno


Rather ridiculous comedy drama. What it's trying to say is good but it's drawn in very broad strokes.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An utterly charming movie that the whole family can see. It is about a boy who wants to wear dresses. Not because he is transgendered or wants to be a girl. It is because he views dresses as garments of power. He reasoning is that all great religious leaders wear dresses and that is why he sees dresses as being a sign of power. He also goes to a catholic school where he is the schools spelling champion and will be heading to Washington DC to participate in the spelling bee championship. Only thing is he wants to wear a dress when he goes to washington DC. Alex Linz plays the young boy named Bruno. Kathy Bates plays a wonderful, funny role as the Mother Superior of the school that Bruno goes to. Shirley McLaine takes on two roles with Dress Code. She plays Bruno's grandmother in the movie but she also makes her directing debut. I think Shirley does an outstanding job for her first time behind the camera. She certainly shows that her brother, Warren Beatty, isn't the only one in their family who knows how to direct. I highly recommend this movie to anyone.

Silver Butterfly

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