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.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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.
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
too odd to dismiss and often truly funny
| Original Score: 3/4
Just incredibly mind-numbing and unfunny...
Napoleon Dynamite may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth.
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?
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.
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
It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.
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.
As long as you don't mind making fun of the afflicted, there are some killer comic moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Leave this one for the dogs.
| Original Score: D-