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Gentlemen Broncos (2009)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 65

Unselfconsciously juvenile and overwhelmingly quirky, Gentlemen Broncos offers a lot of potty humor but isn't terribly funny.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 25

Unselfconsciously juvenile and overwhelmingly quirky, Gentlemen Broncos offers a lot of potty humor but isn't terribly funny.



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Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town's most prolific homespun filmmaker.



Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess

Mar 2, 2010

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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (65) | DVD (4)

This latest from writer-director Jared Hess is another unsavoury stew of kitsch juvenilia that furthers the rot that set in between his first two films...

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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At one level, it is pretty bad. Then, on the other level, it is downright horrible. Unless you're an entertainment masochist, neither is very much fun.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Don't pay money to see it, don't waste your time if it comes on cable; you might not even want to bother reading the rest of this review.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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A tedious and unfocused concoction involving science fiction, plagiarism and the nightgown industry.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Where do you go after rocket-propelled deer statuary, cyclops warriors in golf carts, and Mike White with a dubbed Irish accent?

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jared Hess, who made Napoleon Dynamite, a film I admit I didn't get, has made a film I don't even begin to get.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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I may be one of the few that loved this movie, but it was a blast, and I don't have any fear saying that.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Rockwell is the film's only consistently amusing presence.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Classic underdog vs smug establishment stuff, you might think. But it's all played out in puke-slathered anti-comedy sketches better suited to no-budget YouTube videos than a multimillion-dollar film.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This deliberately amateurish, self-indulgent effort manages to be odd while rarely remembering to be funny.

May 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The presence of Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement is the main point of interest in this so-so comedy...

May 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Runs out of ideas after 20 minutes.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comments (2)

Gentlemen Broncos is a movie that sets out to be so bad it's good, like an Edward D. Wood movie. But it ends up so slow-paced, unfunny and supercilious that it's just mind-numbingly terrible.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Maybe it's time for Hess to go back to Napoleon Dynamite for a sequel. Although, on second thoughts, perhaps he should leave well alone.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Veers from hilarious to unwatchable.

April 30, 2010
Little White Lies

It's all an excuse for Hess to populate his small-town America with a series of off-the-scale oddballs and gross-out humour. The whole premise would be far better if it didn't seem quite so self-indulgent.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The film-within-a-film starring Sam Rockwell tanks quite badly, but Hess's affection for fantasy kitsch shines through brightly enough to generate real feeling.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

I feel it is my duty to warn fans of Jared Hess's teen comedy Napoleon Dynamite that they will find nothing to please them here.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times | Comments (2)
Financial Times

Hess once again trains his camera on misfit adolescents, mocking the obsessions of sci-fi geeks with genuine affection and gentle humour that leads to an unsurprisingly heart-warming pay-off.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Slight and occasionally clunking, it wins through by its sheer good nature and some particularly strong playing.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A cult classic in the making, thanks to some wonderful dialogue and a pair of terrific comic performances from Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's difficult to pick up on a majority of the nightmarish qualities that were promised in the initial wave of response.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

You can't root for [the characters] while laughing at the work they hold dear -- it just doesn't go both ways.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The question isn't why was Gentlemen Broncos abruptly pulled from theaters. How in the world did the movie even get that far?

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Audience Reviews for Gentlemen Broncos

Bizarre and oddly written, Gentlemen Broncos is a satire about the world of new sci-fi novels sucess and it's cinematic adaptation, as well it's fans. Dispite being silly, present a juvenile screenplay and seldom have an actually funny scene, the couple of filmmakes, Jared and Jerusha Hess, show another quirky view of the society and another interesting movie to watch. Fresh.
July 20, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I think people need to cut Jared Hess some slack. He could have been lazy and made Napoleon Dynamite 2 and 3 and he would have been guaranteed success. Nacho Libre was good but the only thing stopping it from being as good was Jack Black. Gentlemen Broncos is oddball humour at its most epic. It had the right balance of quirky set-pieces, subplots and characters and the script was great. The cast was strong with Michael Angarano playing our Protagonist perfectly while surrounded by great character performances by Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Mike White, Sam Rockwell and Hector Jimenez. It's both clever and silly, a breath of fresh air among the many big budget sci-fi films of late. It saddens me when a film so unique is faulted for its originality.
May 3, 2013

Super Reviewer

This is by the creator of "Napoleon Dynamite", and if you love that movie, then you will love this movie. Much of the same quiet, off-beat dry humor. It's about a kid who writes a sci-fi story, and a famous author steals his story. Pretty simple, but very weird and a lot of it makes no sense. The sci-fi scenes that are taking place in his story are some of the weirdest scenes I have ever seen, some are funny, but most are just way too out there. Jermain Clement plays the author, and he is great! I've loved everything he's done since "Flight of the Concords"(LOOK IT UP!). Not as good, or classic as "Dynamite"(do the chickens have large tallens?), but it's still worth a view if your into that humor. If your not, then just skip it and quit being a jerk.
July 8, 2011
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A successful pulp author who's run out of ideas steals a teen author's sci-fi novella. The beyond-offbeat tone, which might be characterized as "nerd grotesque," is uneven and takes some serious getting used to, but the movie is never boring; Jemaine Clement's often hilarious performance as the pompous Dr. Chevalier and the bizarre dramatizations of the epic "Yeast Masters" (which feature cyclopses, flying stags and stolen gonads) makes it worth the price of admission. Not for everyone, but not nearly the disaster it's been made out to be.
December 13, 2010
Greg S

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    1. Don Carlos: Go up to my room and undress to your comfort level. I'll be there in a sec.
    – Submitted by Karlee E (2 years ago)
    1. Bronco/Brutus: Cyclops there... cyclops there... cyclops THERE... turrets... moon buggies... oh, my holy crap: surveillance does. I hate those.
    – Submitted by Michelle F (2 years ago)
    1. Bronco/Brutus: You sole my nads Denis!
    – Submitted by Tu L (2 years ago)
    1. Ronald Chevalier: And finally we have a young-ling trying to penetrate the secrets of the human mind. You won't do it like that young-ling...
    – Submitted by Mitchell L (2 years ago)
    1. Dusty: Don't worry Vania, your brother loves you.
    2. Lonnie Donaho: He was the chosen one! He was born with flesh pockets.
    – Submitted by Sean L (2 years ago)
    1. Bronco/Brutus: It's a friendship stone. Let's blow on it.
    – Submitted by daron s (2 years ago)
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