A League of Ordinary Gentlemen Reviews

September 26, 2005
It's a workmanlike film, but by the time two of the above bowlers are rolling against each other for the PBA championship, Browne has the audience sweating every spare.
August 19, 2005
After a few flourishes of Errol Morris-like editing, first-timer Browne settles into a tone resembling the ESPN telecasts so crucial to the PBA's revenue stream, thriving on the intrinsic drama of competition and the league's emerging star system.
July 8, 2005
The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.
July 8, 2005
Manages to be funny, sad and as informative as you'd want any movie about bowling to be.
July 8, 2005
It's a curious movie, in the best sense, acknowledging that everybody is obsessed with something, then finding out why this particular group of people is obsessed with this particular pastime.
July 7, 2005
Amusing and insightful.
June 9, 2005
Informative and endearing film.
June 3, 2005
Its 98 minutes are as easy to enjoy as picking up a spare, and we don't mean a tire around the waist.
June 2, 2005
First-time helmer Chris Browne's sense of humor captures perfectly the contradictions, absurdities and drama at the intersection of class, media, money and sports without dissing any of his player/subjects.
May 27, 2005
You're left with a haunting vision -- of a go-for-it, romantic, fame-and-fortune template featuring quasi-athletes who can't seem to climb out of the lower middle class.
May 27, 2005
The dork factor is cheerfully acknowledged by the hip documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen, a witty look at the sport's quest for cool.
May 27, 2005
If you've ever struggled to watch bowling on TV, you'll appreciate Browne's gifts when the film ends and you realize -- no kidding -- you can't wait to see these guys compete again.
May 26, 2005
This affectionate though unconvincing documentary struggles to present professional bowling as a simpler, nobler pastime from a simpler, nobler time.
May 26, 2005
Christopher Browne's nonfiction chronicle of the Professional Bowlers Association's quest to retrieve its once-widespread popularity carries more warmth, intimacy and grit -- and still manages to be as witty and engrossing as any Hollywood comedy.
May 25, 2005
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen looks fondly back at an era when bowling was the most popular leisure activity in America.