The Brown Bunny

Critics Consensus

More dull than hypnotic, The Brown Bunny is a pretentious and self-indulgent bore.



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Actor and musician Vincent Gallo takes on the role of writer, director, editor, cinematographer, and star with his second filmmaking effort, The Brown Bunny. Motorcycle racer Bud Clay (Gallo) drives his van across the country in search of his lost love, Daisy (Chloë Sevigny). He stops at her parents' house and sees the brown bunny she left behind. Along the rest of the way, he stops for gas, rides his bike, and makes out with a woman at a roadside rest area (Cheryl Tiegs). He meets up with Daisy when he finally arrives in Los Angeles, leading to the revelatory conclusion in his hotel room. The Brown Bunny premiered in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival in a working cut of 119 minutes that was widely panned; a 93 minute final edit was shown at subsequent festivals and premiered in the United States in the summer of 2004.


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Critic Reviews for The Brown Bunny

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (31)

  • A passable, if often dreary, evocation of those '70s road movies in which disillusioned young men (and the occasional woman) took to the highway in search of America, the meaning of things or maybe just a hamburger.

    Oct 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A road movie, but made by someone who seems so self-absorbed he might as well be asleep at the wheel.

    Oct 8, 2004 | Rating: D
  • What plays for 80 minutes like an intolerable, self-indulgent road trip largely redeems itself in the last 10 minutes, through a moving explanation of the anti-hero's catatonic depression.

    Oct 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.

    Sep 18, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Narcissisistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap is still narcissistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap, no matter how long or short.

    Sep 16, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • I don't know that I've ever encountered a filmmaker who wants to be loved so badly on his own wheedling, whiny, abrasive, motherless, misogynistic, and -- last but not least -- non-narrative terms.

    Sep 15, 2004 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

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Audience Reviews for The Brown Bunny

  • Jun 22, 2016
    I'm pretty sure the original title for this film was "How Can I Get a Fairly Well Known Hollywood Actress to Give Me a Blow Job on Camera?" But of course they had to change it. This movie was terrible, awful, waste of time, atrocious. Vincent Gallo's name is pretty much every other line in the credits which is why I'm sure the original title really was what I listed above. It's supposed to be about a lonely motorcycle racer that tries to replace his "love" with other women. Horrible script, story, camera work, etc. I have no idea why Chloe Sevigny signed for this role. Only thing remembered about this film is that she gives fellatio topless to finish to the director (which is probably why this film has over 8,000 reviewer ratings).
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Almost silent and surprisingly tender, this is a sad and haunting portrait of a man with a broken heart and full of sorrow, and it evokes a constant feeling of melancholy and solitude, like with the songs that play along the film following the character's fragmented state of mind.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2010
    I'm not quite sure what to say since I fast forwarded the movie cause I got so bored with the road scene.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    I realize that half the people who see my rating for this film are immediately going to assume that I am either pretentious or clueless. I also personally know specific people who, after watching this movie, would want to have my head for giving it such a high rating. For this reason, I feel obligated to explain my admiration for it. With this piece, Gallo disregards every conventional approach possible, which a lot of people interpret as iconoclastic self-indulgence. I see it as appropriate within the context of this movie, and I think it's a tragically beautiful work in its own right. Functioning as a distant character study in which we know very little about the person being examined, The Brown Bunny asks us to give back a lot. I was willing to give it my complete attention, and I found it to be a haunting and uniquely profound experience. This is one of the saddest films I've seen in a while, and the conclusion will leave a resounding impact on most people. If you're interested in seeing it simply on the basis of the famous blowjob scene, don't bother watching it. This isn't what you're looking for.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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