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Bruno Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 8, 2009
Too often, Brüno feels like Borat's weak-wristed brother, too much of it just a gay cliche aimed straight at the American bigot belt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 17, 2009
It's a shallow and silly thing that has every right to exist but no profound purpose. It is just a $40 million practical joke, and like all practical jokes, it has at its core a hard kernel of cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 10, 2009
For all his idiocy, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev was a more likable jester than Brüno, who is the sum of his nether parts. One is a naif in a strange land. One is a jerk no matter where he travels.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2009
The problem with Bruno comes in mistaking blatancy for comic gold.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 9, 2009
It's an exercise in offensiveness, an exploration of over-the-topness and a gleeful working of both sides of the street. What brings Brüno down, though, is sinful behavior. Mr. Baron Cohen commits the cardinal sin of unfunniness.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
In the end, Bruno simply isn't as funny as Borat. ... Mr. Baron Cohen is too often forcing the issue instead of letting the humor emerge organically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
July 10, 2009
As social satire, 'Brüno' is boorish and scattershot; as farce, it is obvious and erratic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Illustrates not the public's gullibility but a comic's waning sense of danger
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2009
We all knew Borat. Borat was a friend of ours. Bruno, you're no Borat.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
July 10, 2009
It's funny stuff, but more in a "look at how outrageous we're being" sort of way than one that comes close to engaging in meaningful social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 10, 2009
A sporadically funny comedy that often shocks and disgusts, but falls flat with tedious and lazy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Todd Gilchrist
July 9, 2009
Bruno is curiously ineffective, a sort of middling effort that fails to liberate itself from the stereotypes that provide the character's foundations, even if it also doesn't deliberately or harmfully reinforce them.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 6, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest shock comedy Bruno is a nasty, tired and pointless retread of the gifted comedian's previous work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
July 13, 2009
It's certainly not that there aren't a few funny moments in the film. There are, but overwhelmingly, Bruno's stunts are demeaning, they are insulting and they are really cruel.
Christian Toto
July 10, 2009
Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno is shocking, outrageous and uncompromising in its willingness to get a laugh. It's just not very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
July 10, 2009
It's an odd cop-out for so fiercely gifted a comedian.... This is not a man who is doomed to be Allen Funt, or for that matter, Ashton Kutcher. He doesn't need to rely on the easy titillations and voyeuristic pull of reality TV.
Kam Williams
July 11, 2009
Bruno is no Borat!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 6, 2009
I watched in superficial fascination, chuckled a couple of times, quickly became bored and found the 80 minute running time dragged like a one-note joke that outstays its welcome
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 6, 2009
Where Borat was an innocent abroad, Brüno is just broad; Sacha Baron Cohen makes Brüno the self centred and self obsessed centre of the film, which is not so much a story as a series of sketches designed to shock, disgust and outrage
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 8, 2009
Call me a grouch, but I found myself on side with Harrison Ford who, when stalked by Bruno for an interview, tells him exactly where to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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