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."