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The Brown Bunny (2004)

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43

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 51

More dull than hypnotic, The Brown Bunny is a pretentious and self-indulgent bore.

41

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 19

More dull than hypnotic, The Brown Bunny is a pretentious and self-indulgent bore.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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Movie Info

Actor and musician Vincent Gallo takes on the role of writer, director, editor, cinematographer, and star with his second filmmaking effort, The Brown Bunny. Motorcycle racer Bud Clay (Gallo) drives his van across the country in search of his lost love, Daisy (ChloŽ Sevigny). He stops at her parents' house and sees the brown bunny she left behind. Along the rest of the way, he stops for gas, rides his bike, and makes out with a woman at a roadside rest area (Cheryl Tiegs). He meets up with Daisy

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Art House & International, Drama

Vincent Gallo

Aug 16, 2005

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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (51) | DVD (22)

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.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A road movie, but made by someone who seems so self-absorbed he might as well be asleep at the wheel.

October 8, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
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So mind-numbingly dull it makes you yearn for one of those World War II-spy instant-death pills.

September 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Narcissisistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap is still narcissistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap, no matter how long or short.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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When every other scene looks like a cola, jeans or motorcycle commercial -- perfectly unposed with hair proudly mussed -- Gallo's motivations seem too compromised.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

As a truncated work, it stands as a road movie tone poem.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

A humorless self-indulgent and self-loathing mess that is saddled with an uninteresting story and arty pretensions.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Personally, I think there's a haunting and fairly poignant story here; too bad it's surrounded by so many damn driving scenes.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Comments (2)
DVD Clinic

Vincent Gallo is probably a much more interesting fellow than Bud Clay, the inarticulate motorcycle racer he portrays in The Brown Bunny.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Is it good? Not really. But as was the case with his Buffalo 66, Gallo once again shows himself to be a fascinating enigma and possibly his own worst enemy.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

If this is a 'feature film,' then so are your old home movies, or videotapes from a convenience store's security camera. ... It's not just one scene; the whole movie blows.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

a pretentious, silly bore of a would-be existential art film

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

For all its anti-action, The Brown Bunny gets its teeth in you and shakes.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

...M. Knight Shyamalan trapped in a pornorgraphic art flick.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

Goes nowhere... slowly.

October 14, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Yes, the film jumps up and down on a high wire over the chasm separating Pretension and Art. But that's also a form of courage.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The result plays like a visual version of the Keats line, 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty.'

September 30, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A reasonably coherent story of grief and remorse. Unfortunately, the grief and remorse will be felt more by the audience than the characters.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

We might only imagine how peeved some Republicans are that Vincent Gallo has named himself one of them.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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.
October 24, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

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.
March 22, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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Vincent Gallo's ego gets the better of him in this disappointing and self-indulgent follow up to the brilliant Buffalo 66. The direction is fine, as are most of the performances, I even liked the (albeit) predictable ending. I'm just not a huge Sevigny fan, both her and Gallo come across as quite arrogant, and as for 'that scene', put it away you dirty old man!
September 7, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Boring and shocking.
July 19, 2009
Raajay

Super Reviewer

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