Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
  1. Teeming with socially awkward misfits, Gentlemen Broncos is not without its absurdist charms, although Hess (who co-scripted with his wife, Jerusha) pushes the envelope in ways it doesn't need pushing.
  2. The best part is Jemaine Clement as Benjamin’s grandiose genre hero, Dr. Ronald Chevalier. Even if you love him on "Flight of the Conchords," you’ll be unprepared for his genius--and charisma.
  3. 58
    As the struggle toward something new and different overwhelms the film, it becomes less and less human, less and less funny and less and less worth the effort to meet it on its own terms.
  4. 50
    The director, Jared Hess, who made "Napoleon Dynamite," a film I admit I didn't get, has made a film I don't even begin to get.
  5. Has little to offer besides unrelenting strangeness.
  6. 40
    It’s unfair to blame Hess solely for condescension comedy’s bad aftertaste--he’s not the only perpetrator--but his particular brand is the most graceless.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Napoleon Dynamite seems perfectly well-adjusted (not to mention downright charismatic) compared to homeschooled mama's boy Benjamin Purvis in Gentlemen Broncos, the latest oddball character portrait from one-trick helmer Jared Hess.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A comedy that can’t even admit to its own overwhelming sense of disgust.
  10. Reviewed by: Sean O'Neal
    Crammed with so much deliberate tackiness that it borders on exhausting self-parody.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Hess deserves credit, I suppose, for so effectively channeling his inner seven-year-old. Personally, I preferred spending two hours in the company of Spike Jonze's.
  12. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Satire aside, what the oddball folks here never feel is real, despite the filmmakers' claims of autobiographical parallels.
  13. Timing, good jokes and characters you can laugh with and at are mostly missing from Gentlemen Broncos.
  14. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    A witless whack at sci-fi fanboys.
  15. Setting out to make a cult movie is almost as strange as setting out to make a camp movie. Or setting out to make a movie that's so bad it's good. If you know you're doing it, you're not really doing it.
  16. There's a lesson behind Gentlemen Broncos , the new film from director Jared Hess: Don't try to mock above your talent level.
  17. Yep, Hess wrote and directed "Dynamite," and here's proof we shouldn't have rewarded him. The hollow "Broncos" is even more cruelly disdainful, designed primarily to scorn the pathetic lives within.
  18. The audience may have bought the act in "Napoleon Dynamite." But this time, the act bombs.
  19. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    What Michael Bay did for the Hollywood blockbuster with his second "Transformers" movie, Jared Hess has now done for the low-budget indie with Gentlemen Broncos -- namely, stain an entire genre with a sense of soulless calculation.
  20. White is cast in this film as a “guardian angel” and adds another level of painful homosexual confusion and stereotyping to the film. Ultimately, all the chafing caused by Gentlemen Broncos is likely to leave you saddlesore.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. May 14, 2011
    The only scene worth watching is the hidden finale, after the credits have rolled, with Sam Rockwell as Bronco. Watch it on YouTube or something. But for God's sake don't bother with the rest of the movie. It really is as horrible as it's rating shows. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2010
    Imitation is the sincerest form a flattery. It is apparent that the Hess siblings desiderated to fancy their own works with their newest film Gentlemen Broncos. To qualify, Gentlemen Broncos utilizes the same exact formula of a societal misfit used in both Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite. While those two comedic movies were both equally unique and humorous, Broncos feels stale, farcical, and ultimately, a waste of my time.

    Gentlemen Broncos is a story of Benjamin(Michael Angarano), a home-schooled misfit, who inspires to become a prominent science fiction writer. Benjamin attends a writing workshop headed by Chevalier (Jemaine Clement), his paragon of an author, who steals his story leaving the characters in tangles of plagiarism and adaptation rights.

    As a tenacious fan of Hessâ
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  3. Jul 5, 2014
    First time I watched this movie two minuets in and I was underwhelmed but it quickly grew on me and it improves each time I watch it . Crammed with dysfunctional characters and some outrageously gross moments ( the defecating python wins for sure ) but it's ripe with hilarious one liners and our house often rings with quotes from the movie. I love it and don't understand why it was so poorly received Full Review »