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Bruno Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 30, 2009
Undeniably funny, but the targets are far too obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 13, 2009
Wholly unsuitable for children, yet propelled by a nagging puerility that will appeal only to those in the vortex of puberty, or to adults who have failed to progress beyond it.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
July 13, 2009
There are lots of moments in this movie that are genuinely funny.
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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.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 10, 2009
a hit-and-miss brand of humor, as likely to leave you squirming from embarrassment as howling with laughter.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2009
There's good bad taste and then there's just plain bad bad, which is what describes most of Brüno.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2009
Baron Cohen's instincts for outrage are spot on. It's not insight we need at all right now, but a very sharp bonk on the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 10, 2009
Even if this is the end, we must applaud his audacity, even if we can't always bear to watch it in action. Is this comedic genius? As Brüno would say: Ich think so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 10, 2009
It's a thing , not a movie -- if, that is, you believe a movie should be more than an accumulation of prankish set-pieces flimsily strung over 80 skimpy minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 10, 2009
More gut-bustingly funny than anything else out there right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 10, 2009
Outrageous, unnerving, brave, topical, revealing, appalling and consistently hilarious, Brüno manages to be both cutting-edge cultural commentary and post-modern comic genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 10, 2009
A crude, cringe-worthy, and intermittently funny affair that triggers the gag reflex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 10, 2009
Cohen has come up with some marvelous satirical motifs; elsewhere, he's just showing how far he'll go to get a laugh.
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 10, 2009
The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose Borat was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
| Original Score: 1/4
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July 10, 2009
When moments seem like setups with actors, they turn tame. But when things feel real -- as when Bruno conronts an Arkansas wrestling-match crowd -- they can get scary-real.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 10, 2009
I don't know how many more times Baron Cohen can go undercover, but it looks as if he'll never run out of bigotry, idiocy and hypocrisy to spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 10, 2009
Even at 82 minutes, Brüno feels stretched-out with stitched-together filler.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 10, 2009
Inevitably, this follow-up to Cohen's guerrilla mockumentary hit is a substantial letdown, lacking the novelty of its predecessor.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 10, 2009
Skeptics might not swallow it all, and thinner-skinned folks will surely be offended. But no one will deny that Baron Cohen is fearless in his pursuit of rowdy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 10, 2009
Brüno is no Borat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 10, 2009
What's lacking in the presentation, Baron Cohen makes up for with sheer ballsy, outrageous bravado. He bulldozes you with shock tactics. Brüno is a mesmerising invention, by turns repulsive and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
July 9, 2009
Intolerance and outrage has never been funnier, and nobody incites it better than Brüno, Borat or Baron Cohen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 9, 2009
Brüno's greatest outrages here will still elicit howls and shrieks, as well they should. But our fabulous Austrian friend is no comedy revolutionary, only a cruel and silly stereotype in leopard-print underwear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 9, 2009
While Cohen has teamed up again with director Larry Charles, Brüno feels protracted. When the filmmakers' luck dries up, they resort to staged fish-in-a-barrel events that make the movie a more desperate, less surprising exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2009
The problem with Bruno comes in mistaking blatancy for comic gold.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 9, 2009
The movie is a toxic dart aimed at the spangly new heart of American hypocrisy: our fake-tolerant, fake-charitable, fake-liberated-yet-still madly-closeted fame culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 9, 2009
Brüno hinges on how uncomfortable we are watching a homosexual minstrel show; our PC excruciation is as crucial to the formula as the good ol' boys' irritation
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 9, 2009
While Cohen's samurai satire has lost some of its edge, he can still leave audiences howling -- when they're not gasping in disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 9, 2009
Brüno offers both succor and sucker bait for liberal-minded viewers who may feel harassed by prevailing and ever-shifting cultural sensitivities.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 9, 2009
Cohen no longer has freshness and novelty on his side, but he's retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2009
Although Brüno is sometimes a wickedly funny flick, the dubious techniques and repellent protagonist produce fewer real laughs than its predecessor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2009
For those of a non-Puritanical mindset, it's hard to deny that Brüno succeeds in being both outrageous and outrageously funny, and it's hard to damn a comedy, regardless of its faults, for those qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 9, 2009
Like Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Brüno defies you not to see yourself in its funhouse mirror. And then dares you to laugh it off.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 9, 2009
Bruno is a one-joke character in a one-joke movie, and it's a joke Baron Cohen beats into the ground.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 9, 2009
The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity. Here is a film that is 82 minutes long and doesn't contain 30 boring seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 8, 2009
Those who go in with their jaws clenched are bound to find offense. Better to focus on the stuff that works outrageously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 8, 2009
If Bruno is not quite up to the lofty standards of Borat, it is daring and sometimes insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 8, 2009
Outrage is entertainment!
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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
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 8, 2009
... it feels funny enough -- and that may be the unkindest thing of all you could say about a comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
July 8, 2009
Certainly, the film is worth seeing if only for the fascinating range in reactions (give 'em something to talk about indeed!).
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 6, 2009
Baron Cohen is a genuine comic guerrilla, charging right to the front lines of the war against prejudice and sanctimony.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 30, 2009
There is also a pronounced nasty streak to the innumerable provocations staged by the title character that curdles the laughs and wears out the flamboyant Austrian fashionista's welcome within the picture's brief 82-minute running time.
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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.