The Brown Bunny (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The Brown Bunny
A passable, if often dreary, evocation of those '70s road movies in which disillusioned young men (and the occasional woman) took to the highway in search of America, the meaning of things or maybe just a hamburger.
A road movie, but made by someone who seems so self-absorbed he might as well be asleep at the wheel.
What plays for 80 minutes like an intolerable, self-indulgent road trip largely redeems itself in the last 10 minutes, through a moving explanation of the anti-hero's catatonic depression.
So mind-numbingly dull it makes you yearn for one of those World War II-spy instant-death pills.
Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.
Audience Reviews for The Brown Bunny
A sad and haunting portrait of a man with a broken heart and full of sorrow. It is almost silent and surprisingly tender, evoking a constant feeling of melancholy and solitude, like the songs that play along the film following the character's fragmented state of mind.
Vincent Gallo's self-indulgent experiment that succeeds on some levels and fails on others. Controversial because of the "real" sex scenes, The Brown Bunny has limited mainstream appeal and a growing cult following.
The problem here is that Gallo has about 30 minutes of good material and about 90 minutes of screen time to fill. Characters take literally minutes to say two or three words. The end result is a film that's sometimes interesting and often excruciating.
Boring and shocking.
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