Napoleon Dynamite 2004

Napoleon Dynamite

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A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.

71%

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74%

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User Ratings: 789,849

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In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a morose Hispanic boy who speaks little English. Together the two launch a campaign to run for class president.

Cast & Crew

Jon Heder
Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries
Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell
Kip Dynamite
Munn Powell
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Jeremy Coon
Executive Producer
Jeremy Coon
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John Swihart
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Critic Reviews for Napoleon Dynamite

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (50)

  • For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.

    July 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • I began to appreciate the neat reversals of expectations, slow pace and serene non sequiturs of the plot, the film's smart approach towards teen alienation, ludicrous ambition and impossible dreams.

    January 17, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Napoleon Dynamite may be forcefully weird and intermittently humorous, and you might not know what the heck to make of it, but there's nothing shocking about its screenplay.

    July 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Revels in its own kookiness and is the most engaging teen movie to emerge from the States for many a year.

    November 16, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The funniest film of the summer.

    July 16, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Napoleon Dynamite

  • Mar 18, 2016
    It's a silly and funny teen comedy. It's not the best but memorable characters and memorable scenes make it a memorable film. However the plot of this film isn't very consistent and leads to nothing.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    There was a time when I couldn't go a day without seeing a few 'Vote For Pedro' shirts. Not only is this film so quotable, it's also hilarious and offers many memorable characters. Although, it is very bizarre and the humor may not appeal to everyone. But the originality of it makes it stand out over many other comedies. "Napoleon Dynamite" is destined to be remembered as a comedy classic and rightly so!
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    By no means perfect but not without it's charm. It's a very weird indie comedy that deserves it's cult status and doesn't beg the audience for laughs or resort to using gross humour. It's consistent enough with the comedy enough but Jon Heder's remarkable performance is what's pretty entertaining.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    The most random movie of all time. Great
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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