The Brown Bunny

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  • Summary: Both a love story and a haunting portrait of a lost soul unable to forget his past, the film follows a motorcycle racer (Gallo) on his cross-country journey. (Wellspring)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. An honorable and often enticing piece of personal filmmaking.
  2. 75
    Make no mistake: The Cannes version was a bad film, but now Gallo's editing has set free the good film inside. The Brown Bunny is still not a complete success -- it is odd and off-putting when it doesn't want to be -- but as a study of loneliness and need, it evokes a tender sadness.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    An astonishing improvement on the original version. With 27 minutes excised, pic emerges from its mind-numbing undergrowth as a memorable -- if still highly specialized -- exercise in personal, '70s-style American filmmaking, with a cohesive feel and rhythm that marks Gallo as a distinctive indie talent.
  4. Neither an atrocity nor a revelation, The Brown Bunny is a very watchable, often beautiful-looking attempt by Mr. Gallo to reproduce the kind of loosely structured mood pieces that found American and select foreign-language cinemas of the 1960's and 70's often at their most adventurous.
  5. How much you enjoy the experience will depend on your take on Gallo. If you think he's a brilliant, satirical cut-up, then The Brown Bunny is an elaborate and successful art prank. If you think he's a pretentious, self-obsessed, tedious weirdo, then The Brown Bunny will back you up 100%
  6. 38
    The Brown Bunny is one long, self-indulgent bore topped off with a hard-core porn scene featuring Gallo and co-star Chloë Sevigny.
  7. 0
    There are not enough synonyms for ''bad'' to describe the pretension and utter banality of the masturbatory The Brown Bunny, a film so exhaustively awful even its creator Vincent Gallo once disavowed it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 12 out of 22
  1. JasonB.
    Aug 31, 2006
    10
    This movie took off slow, but shook me to my core by the time it was over. I couldn't stop thinking about for over a week. Vincent Gallo This movie took off slow, but shook me to my core by the time it was over. I couldn't stop thinking about for over a week. Vincent Gallo did not set out to direct Garden State! I'm sorry if your attention span didn't allow you to sit thru this beautiful film. This film requires a little more thought than the average pop cum indie fair. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    This is the most beautiful, original and brilliant film I have ever seen. Those who disagree are entitled to their opinion. Those whoThis is the most beautiful, original and brilliant film I have ever seen. Those who disagree are entitled to their opinion. Those who strongly disagree are clearly not reacting to the film. Vincent Gallo is extremely talented in many ways. He is also complex sensitive, poetic and very funny. The public responses to him vary greatly. He is completely misunderstood and those who misunderstand his intensions and humor will certainly misunderstand his masterful works of art. Expand
  3. 893ru8943u
    May 26, 2009
    9
    For those who didn't enjoy this film, may I suggest Dane Cooke's My Best Friend's Girl or perhaps Seann William Scott's For those who didn't enjoy this film, may I suggest Dane Cooke's My Best Friend's Girl or perhaps Seann William Scott's Balls Out. Those films aren't contrived at all and I have a feeling they'll be more up your alley. Expand
  4. RobinT.
    Apr 16, 2006
    2
    Very slow and pretentious.
  5. Aug 31, 2010
    2
    The Brown Bunny is one of the worst independent films that Vincent Gallo directed this strange movie. The scenes are too boring toThe Brown Bunny is one of the worst independent films that Vincent Gallo directed this strange movie. The scenes are too boring to watch,because we see that the character keeps driving around all the way to the road and nothing with the plot that he's going at the same plot without no explanation of the story. The characters had no speaking louder in the audience and we try to figure it out what they're saying. Chloe Sevigny just arrived and she started to have a sex scene,but very graphic and too controversial with the actress (that it looks like a porn or a sex scandal in this movie that the audience see.) I give this movie a horrible,but amazing horrible film that Gallo did this horrible film that he shows in Cannes and I agree with Roger Ebert that he only gave three stars and thumbs up for saying "amazing horrible film. But it's just a horrible independent adult film and it's seen to believe! Expand
  6. JasonW.
    May 24, 2007
    2
    This is one of the worst porno films I have ever seen. Period.
  7. SebastianL.
    Sep 12, 2005
    0
    For all of the controversy surrounding this movie, it sure was boring! The low budget cinematography has a few good moments that reminded me For all of the controversy surrounding this movie, it sure was boring! The low budget cinematography has a few good moments that reminded me of a 1970's Redford movie; but mostly it just looks like an amature with a handi cam. The story is of a guy who is deeply damaged and his cross country ride in a van. His delusion is sort of played on the audience like a bad joke and the punch line is a gritty imagined oral sex scene that would even make Bill Clinton uncomfortable. My question for Paul Gallo who wrote, directed stared and produced this waste of time is this... Why not just make a real porno with rude sex from start to finish? It would be more interesting! Expand

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