Napoleon Dynamite Reviews

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David Keyes
March 24, 2014
The approach has all the lasting charm of a train derailment, but at least the train is going somewhere before it is brought to disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4

November 8, 2011
For all its charm and its impeccable leads, Napoleon Dynamite is a modish exercise in anti-cool. Still, a strong debut for all its young talents.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Napoleon's climactic spaz-out dance is more than just a goofy gag. It's a payoff to a great buddy-system comedy and the idea that it's not high school's dreams and regrets that last, but the sometimes-bizarre friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 22, 2010
too odd to dismiss and often truly funny
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Just incredibly mind-numbing and unfunny...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 10, 2009
Napoleon Dynamite may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Heder seems perversely bored, unable to hold his eyes open; was that a conscious acting choice, or was he simply reading his lines off the floor?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Writer-director Jared Hess tries for John Hughes by way of the Coen Brothers, but only comes up with one dull, unfunny non-sequitur after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2007
For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
November 2, 2006
If you have an indie film sense of humor -- and those of you who have it know what I mean -- you'll probably enjoy this flick.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Seething with teen-angst irritability and an obstinate blind ignorance to just how much of an outcast he is, Napoleon Dynamite may be the biggest dork in the history of high school movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
As long as you don't mind making fun of the afflicted, there are some killer comic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 20, 2006
Delights in deadpan %u2013 celebrates nerd. And is a testament that beauty can be found everywhere. A charming, albeit quite odd cinematic piece. Harold and Maude -lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
I began to appreciate the neat reversals of expectations, slow pace and serene non sequiturs of the plot, the film's smart approach towards teen alienation, ludicrous ambition and impossible dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Napoleon Dynamite may be forcefully weird and intermittently humorous, and you might not know what the heck to make of it, but there's nothing shocking about its screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Napoleon Dynamite isn't exactly the year's funniest film, but it does make for a memorable experience that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
Leave this one for the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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