A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

2004, Documentary, 1h 33m

34 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Even if bowling isn't your sport, this colorful documentary is still an entertaining watch. Read critic reviews

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While other minor sports like professional wrestling and auto racing boomed, the once-vibrant pro bowling circuit dwindled after its mid-20th-century heyday, so much so that it neared extinction in the 1990s. In this affectionate documentary, a quartet of professional bowlers discuss life in the big leagues, as famous bowling aficionados like basketball star Charles Barkley, journalist Bernard Goldberg and actor/director Timothy Busfield enthuse about their affection for the sport.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Browne
Director
Gary Meister
Original Music
Ken Seng
Cinematographer
Kurt Engfehr
Film Editor
Brian Fish
Sound Mixer
Roy Marasigan
Sound Mixer
Becky Goldberg
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Critic Reviews for A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (3)

  • Without the social questions posed at the beginning of the film, the footage of the competition is not likely to be strong enough on its own to lasso in a new generation of players.

    October 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 26, 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.

    August 19, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.

    July 8, 2005 | Rating: B-
  • Manages to be funny, sad and as informative as you'd want any movie about bowling to be.

    July 8, 2005 | Rating: B
  • 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 8, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Without the social questions posed at the beginning of the film, the footage of the competition is not likely to be strong enough on its own to lasso in a new generation of players.

    October 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 26, 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.

    August 19, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.

    July 8, 2005 | Rating: B-
  • The new and improved Tour now has a terrifically well-made and astute film documenting its birthing pains.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • easy to take in, much like spending an afternoon at the lanes with some watery beer

    March 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

  • Oct 19, 2009
    Youd think a documentary about bowling would be boring but I was suprised how much I enjoyed this flick.Great documentary
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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