Gentlemen Broncos Falls Flat

No magic this time from Napoleon Dynamite director
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 12:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Director Jared Hess became a critics' darling with Napoleon Dynamite. Safe to say he's a darling no more thanks to Gentlemen Broncos, a farce about a teen sci-fi writer.

  • Sean O'Neal, AV Club: "Every frame of Hess’ new film—the wood-paneled walls coated with winking unicorn posters, its characters’ high-waisted-jean-shorts-and-turtlenecks ensembles, the gaunt-faced extras straight out of R. Crumb—is crammed with so much deliberate tackiness that it borders on exhausting self-parody."

  • Claudia Puig, USA Today: "If you didn't know otherwise, you'd swear that Gentlemen Broncos was made by a disaffected high school student—and not a particularly talented one."
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid: "I laughed a lot at Gentlemen Broncos, but its funky, unique rhythms often give way to all-too-traditional story arcs, setups, and payoffs."