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Napoleon Dynamite Reviews

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November 8, 2011
For all its charm and its impeccable leads, Napoleon Dynamite is a modish exercise in anti-cool. Still, a strong debut for all its young talents.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Napoleon's climactic spaz-out dance is more than just a goofy gag. It's a payoff to a great buddy-system comedy and the idea that it's not high school's dreams and regrets that last, but the sometimes-bizarre friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 22, 2010
too odd to dismiss and often truly funny
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 10, 2009
Napoleon Dynamite may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2007
For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
November 2, 2006
If you have an indie film sense of humor -- and those of you who have it know what I mean -- you'll probably enjoy this flick.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Seething with teen-angst irritability and an obstinate blind ignorance to just how much of an outcast he is, Napoleon Dynamite may be the biggest dork in the history of high school movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
As long as you don't mind making fun of the afflicted, there are some killer comic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 20, 2006
Delights in deadpan %u2013 celebrates nerd. And is a testament that beauty can be found everywhere. A charming, albeit quite odd cinematic piece. Harold and Maude -lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
January 17, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Rentschler
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Napoleon Dynamite isn't exactly the year's funniest film, but it does make for a memorable experience that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
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
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004
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