The Bronze

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Enthusiastically unpleasant and mostly unfunny, The Bronze fails to stick the landing -- or much else along the way.

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A spoiled and largely forgotten Olympic medalist (Melissa Rauch) takes action when a promising young gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) threatens her status as a local celebrity.

Cast & Crew

Melissa Rauch
Hope Annabelle Greggory
Gary Cole
Stan Greggory
Haley Lu Richardson
Maggie Townsend
Sebastian Stan
Lance Tucker
Cecily Strong
Janice Townsend
Melissa Rauch
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Winston Rauch
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Jay Duplass
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Mark Duplass
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Bryan Buckley
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Melissa Rauch
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Winston Rauch
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Michael C. Cuddy
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Critic Reviews for The Bronze

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (63)

  • The Bronze is an uninspired creation that feels like Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression in a 'Little Britain' sketch.

    September 13, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Ibad Shah

    indieWire
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  • A crude yet cuddly comedy written by a star of "The Big Bang Theory."

    March 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • There are some decent laughs here (especially for a well choreographed sex scene) and even an amusing soundtrack, but there's just not enough story to go around.

    March 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
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  • The plot is beyond basic and the dialogue so crude it almost feels like an R-rated cartoon. Still, The Bronze has a loony Napoleon Dynamite-meets-Talladega Nights-on-the-balance-beam charm.

    March 18, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This ostensibly edgy comedy didn't wring a single laugh out of me until maybe fifteen minutes before the finale.

    March 18, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I wouldn't want to live next to Hope, but it is fascinating to watch her. And every so often it's refreshing to have a movie that dares to say - you know, no matter what all the screenwriting gurus tell you, some characters never change.

    March 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bronze

  • Apr 04, 2017
    As comedies featuring raunchy female leads go the Bronze is a real win. Melissa... Raunch really creates a convincing cynical character shedding light in the world of optimism and big dreams that is gymnastics. The narrative might not take an ambitious route and falls into predictable patterns but the backwards premise and refreshing Napolean-Dynamitesque cast provide enough fun to propel the story forward in a sea of fairly well delivered laughs. A surprisingly on point production from a cast member of the terribly unremarkable BBT.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2016
    Definitely not for everyone, Raunch plays a past-it. gymnast living on fumes until opportunity knocks. This one's a keeper if only for the virulent vein of cynicism rife through the piece, particularly from such an unexpected source. The resolution's a cop-out, but forgivable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2016
    All comedies try to make us laugh. That's kind of the point. Still, there is a difference between trying to make audiences laugh by saying the unexpected out loud and those unexpected things actually being funny. In The Bronze The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch plays washed up gymnast Hope Annabelle Gregory who still managed to medal at the 2004 Rome Olympics after shattering her achilles during a routine. She became something of an American hero of those particular games, the athlete the media chose to heap large amounts of coverage on because of her narrative maybe more so than because of her actual talent. Hope says a lot of things that might not be considered polite or politically correct, but that doesn't make her funny. Sure, I understand that a fair amount of comedy can come from degrading someone, something, or even ourselves, but no matter how hard these demeaning jokes make us laugh ( or don't) one thing remains to be true and that is the fact they come from a place of fear; we're attempting to distract ourselves from our own vulnerability. In short, we're trying to make ourselves feel better about our own lives. Hope does this consistently throughout The Bronze and while the juxtaposition of what we expect from polite society and what Hope delivers can be genuinely funny here and there the majority of the time the character simply comes across as self-centered, crass, and just plain nasty. Maybe this is because Hope is the only character the film cares to flesh out and so, while we somewhat get to know her father (Gary Cole), her new apprentice (Haley Lu Richardson), her love interest (Thomas Middleditch) and her arch nemesis (Sebastian Stan), because each of them are more or less targets for Hope to hurl her insults at rather than fully formed people it is nearly impossible for us to understand why she seems to naturally hate everyone. The only thing she clearly has an affinity for is herself and keeping her name and image at the height of its power in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, but as these things go all of that is about to change. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2015
    I like Melissa Rauch on The Big Bang Theory. Here she stars as a spoiled, unlikeable, and unfunny character in a movie she also co-wrote with her husband. She and her husband also share exec-producer credits with the Duplass brothers. Thomas Middleditch, who I've been seeing many times in Verizon commercials since this was released, plays an adorable character with a much better grasp of responsibilities and everyday life. For some reason he is in love with Rauch's character Hope. This movie does include an eye-opening scene you have never seen before. When Hope has a sexual fling with a more successful former Olympic gymnast, they have an Olympic sized sex romp that challenges the Kama Sutra for variety.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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