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Napoleon Dynamite Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2004
There is a kind of studied stupidity that sometimes passes as humor, and Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite pushes it as far as it can go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Larry Carroll
June 12, 2004
Like a confused film school student, director Jared Hess is happy to pay homage to his film heroes, but doesn't have enough passion to say much of anything in his own voice.
Full Review | Original Score: F
James Rocchi
June 17, 2004
This quirky-nerdy, heartland-set tale of a teen outcast's life and dorky times fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 18, 2004
The joke is always the same, and even the most easily amused may grow weary of that sameness.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
June 21, 2004
A few minutes in, we know all the punchlines.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Functions like an excruciating episode of Jerry Springer.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeff Otto
June 17, 2004
One of the more bizarre and original characters in recent memory, Napoleon provides some great laughs despite an uneven story that often loses steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
June 2, 2004
There are lots of laughs for those who enjoy the sight of bottom dwellers doing stupid things that make them look even more idiotic.
Brian Orndorf
July 3, 2004
It's an empty, affected experience, and a 5-minute joke stretched out to 85 of the most soul-sucking, higher-power-questioning minutes found in a movie this year.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Heder seems perversely bored, unable to hold his eyes open; was that a conscious acting choice, or was he simply reading his lines off the floor?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
July 4, 2004
Jared Hess pushes Napoleon's stupidity as far as it can go in pursuit of cheap laughs, but achieves nothing that isn't easily forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Just incredibly mind-numbing and unfunny...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Writer-director Jared Hess tries for John Hughes by way of the Coen Brothers, but only comes up with one dull, unfunny non-sequitur after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Willie Waffle
June 17, 2004
Napoleon and his pals aren't the heroes of a Bruce Springsteen song who get up every morning and go to work each day. They're knuckleheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 3, 2004
The most fascinating outcast since Harold and Maude. Trouble is, Harold and Maude were going someplace; their story had a direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 12, 2004
Mistakes insults for jests and racism for narrative guile.
| Original Score: 1/4
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
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2004
The 2004 Sundance crowd-pleaser has got the tableaux suitable for Diane Arbus photos down pat, but no real interest in the people negotiating those life situations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 10, 2004
In Fourth of July terms, its pop is less dynamite than firecracker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004
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