The Brown Bunny (2004)



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

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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Vincent Gallo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2005
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Critic Reviews for The Brown Bunny

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

So mind-numbingly dull it makes you yearn for one of those World War II-spy instant-death pills.

Full Review… | September 30, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
Top Critic

Narcissisistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap is still narcissistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap, no matter how long or short.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Carlos Magalh„es

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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