• PG, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jared Hess
    In Theaters:
    Jun 11, 2004 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 21, 2004
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Napoleon Dynamite Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

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 Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 0.5/4

March 24, 2014

Film4

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 8, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

too odd to dismiss and often truly funny

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Just incredibly mind-numbing and unfunny...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Napoleon Dynamite may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 10, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 1/4

December 27, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 24, 2007
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

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

November 2, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006

Empire Magazine

As long as you don't mind making fun of the afflicted, there are some killer comic moments.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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 Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 20, 2006
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald

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 Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 17, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

July 21, 2005
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

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 Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2005
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony

Leave this one for the dogs.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: D-

June 21, 2005
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