Gentlemen Broncos Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 29, 2010
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 25, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2009
A tedious and unfocused concoction involving science fiction, plagiarism and the nightgown industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 12, 2009
Where do you go after rocket-propelled deer statuary, cyclops warriors in golf carts, and Mike White with a dubbed Irish accent?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 6, 2009
There's a lesson behind Gentlemen Broncos, the new film from director Jared Hess: Don't try to mock above your talent level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
What Michael Bay did for the Hollywood blockbuster with his second Transformers movie, Jared Hess has now done for the low-budget indie with Gentlemen Broncos -- namely, stain an entire genre with a sense of soulless calculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 6, 2009
The sci-fi themed Gentlemen Broncos doesn't just visit Planet Quirk, it crash lands upon it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2009
The comic performance of Jemaine Clement, as the writer, is the one thing to salvage from this experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 2, 2009
Everything that basically worked in Napoloeon Dynamite -- the behind-the-beat timing, the arch eccentricity -- it's all misjudged here.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 2, 2009
It doesn't have any kind of emotional center.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 30, 2009
Hess wrote and directed "Dynamite," and here's proof we shouldn't have rewarded him. The hollow Broncos is even more cruelly disdainful, designed primarily to scorn the pathetic lives within.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
October 30, 2009
If you're past the age of worrying about detention, it's an endurance test. How many grotesques, morons and creeps can you watch twist in a barely moving narrative wind?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 30, 2009
It tests your patience even at 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 30, 2009
If you didn't know otherwise, you'd swear that Gentlemen Broncos was made by a disaffected high school student -- and not a particularly talented one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Chicago Tribune
October 30, 2009
Satire aside, what the oddball folks here never feel is real, despite the filmmakers' claims of autobiographical parallels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 30, 2009
Timing, good jokes and characters you can laugh with and at are mostly missing
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 29, 2009
The filmmakers must have been the most sophisticated wits in the BYU cafeteria. I bet they did really funny impressions of the foreign-exchange students behind their backs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sean O'Neal
AV Club
October 29, 2009
Every frame of Hess' new film...is crammed with so much deliberate tackiness that it borders on exhausting self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 28, 2009
The audience may have bought the act in Napoleon Dynamite. But this time, the act bombs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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David Fear
Time Out
October 28, 2009
It's unfair to blame Hess solely for condescension comedy's bad aftertaste -- he's not the only perpetrator -- but his particular brand is the most graceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 27, 2009
The movie's a chaotic, infuriating mess that will challenge the most-devoted of the Napoleon Dynamite faithful.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
October 27, 2009
Hess deserves credit, I suppose, for so effectively channeling his inner seven-year-old. Personally, I preferred spending two hours in the company of Spike Jonze's.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 26, 2009
The relentlessly (and overbearingly) quirky imagination of filmmaker Jared Hess yields diminishing returns in his third feature.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 26, 2009
The best part is Jemaine Clement as Benjamin's grandiose genre hero, Dr. Ronald Chevalier. Even if you love him on Flight of the Conchords, you'll be unprepared for his genius -- and charisma.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 28, 2009
With no message beyond the superficial absurdity of it all, Hess is in a precarious position to be critiquing the intellect or artistry of anyone else.