Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 80
    Geared to please audiences of all tastes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Chris Browne's sense of humor captures perfectly the contradictions, absurdities and drama at the intersection of class, media, money and sports without dissing any of his player/subjects.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    hilarious, sometimes rueful, and strangely hip documentary.
  4. 80
    Informativeand endearing film.
  5. If you want a whiff of how unironic the 1970s were, consider bowling, a sport that on any given weekend was broadcast (usually on ABC) with the hushed solemnity of a moon launch.
  6. While the movie is strong on the history of its subject, it allows some yawns to enter its own account of a big, heavily hyped tournament. Still, it's very entertaining.
  7. If ever a movie could convince the masses to don communal shoes, this is the one.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    If there is a poetry to losing, then this film has as much as the collected works of John Milton.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    As easy to enjoy as picking up a spare, and we don't mean a tire around the waist.
  10. Browne keeps it amusingly involving.
  11. 70
    Narrows as it goes, and Browne doesn't do enough with the idea of a corporate takeover of a grassroots recreational activity, but Weber's antics and his colleagues' reactions make for fine drama all on their own.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Christopher Browne's fun, surprisingly exciting film probably won't convert anyone convinced that bowling is something you do while downing fish sticks and beer. But it may teach them a newfound respect for the sport's champions.
  13. 70
    Following four players through the first season of Miller's regime, Browne captures not just a high-energy sports spectacle played out in the bowling megaplexes of outer suburbia but, even more interestingly, a clash of cultures between bowling's hallowed past and its possible future.
  14. 60
    Christopher Browne's entertaining A League of Ordinary Gentlemen goes behind the scenes of the Professional Bowlers Association's comeback bid following the league's 2000 sale (for a mere $5 million) to a trio of retired Microsoft execs.
  15. Directing his first feature, Christopher Browne shows flair and determination in getting the movie's pathos down pat, but he can't quite find enough that is pleasurable in its many reels.
  16. 50
    The movie is affectionate without exactly being infectious, and Browne, who begins his film with the Michael Moore–esque revelation that Americans bowl in greater numbers than they vote, disappoints by not devoting more attention to bowling in its amateur incarnations.
  17. The first 15-20 minutes of this documentary are solid gold.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JohnM.
    Apr 26, 2006
    7
    Interesting film. I could have used far less of the foul mouthed musclehead look at my biceps guy. But it offers a great look into the life Interesting film. I could have used far less of the foul mouthed musclehead look at my biceps guy. But it offers a great look into the life of a pro bowler. Any serious bowler should want to see this, but it paints a bleak ultra blue collar picture of the game. Full Review »