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Napoleon Dynamite Reviews

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Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
Leave this one for the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Functions like an excruciating episode of Jerry Springer.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 2, 2005
A Roschach test of viewer empathy… while I respect the concerns of those who find the movie cruel, I have to side with those who find it ultimately endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 3, 2005
'March to the beat of your own drum,' the movie may say, 'but we will laugh at you.'
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 18, 2005
É recheado de estereótipos dos mais ofensivos, mas torna-se agradável e divertido graças ao apelo de seu personagem-título.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 28, 2004
It's honestly kinda sweet and moving -- the blissed-out celebration of the lurking outcast inside all of us.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 14, 2004
...makes a good attempt for about its first quarter hour at showing us the dilemma of the high school outsider.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
December 11, 2004
What is touching, however, and perhaps the film's central theme, is the strength, however strangely expressed, of the friendship between Napoleon, Deb and Pedro.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
November 27, 2004
Not much really happens in this film but it's an oddly heart-warming character study and will ring bells with anyone who has ever spent any time in a small town.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Adrian Hennigan
November 16, 2004
Revels in its own kookiness and is the most engaging teen movie to emerge from the States for many a year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 4, 2004
Bubbles with barely suppressed loathing for its characters and setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2004
An offbeat, frequently funny comedy that gradually wins you over, much like its central character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2004
[..]sans une véritable ligne directrice, le film ne possède pas suffisamment d'attraits pour en faire une comédie réussie.
| Original Score: C+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 22, 2004
Plays, hilariously, like Revenge of the Nerds directed by David Gordon Green... It's legitimately funny and fresh, and it doesn't glom onto any obvious formula.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
October 18, 2004
Hess knows his characters -- sad sacks and misunderstood nerd geniuses who inhabit straight-laced Middle America.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
Alan Dale
October 10, 2004
Jon Heder gives a classic slapstick performance, something along the lines of the silent great Harry Langdon, that sleepy-headed weirdo baby, after a hormonal growth spurt.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 30, 2004
These characters never conform, and neither does the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 30, 2004
After watching so many big-budget movies loaded with special effects, I appreciated this film's simple production values, even those opening credits written on plates of food.
Mike Ward
September 16, 2004
If you walk in with an open mind and an acute appreciation for forging truly unique characters and interactions, you'll come back five times.
Jesse Paddock
September 13, 2004
While it runs out of steam near the end, it never runs out of charm, thanks to Jon Heder's narcoleptic zeal as the title character.
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