From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes Napoleon Dynamite. With a red 'fro, his moon boots, and illegal government ninja moves, he is a new kind of hero.
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Fresh: Napoleon Dynamite may be forcefully weird and intermittently humorous, and you might not know what the heck to make of it, but there's nothing shocking about its screenplay.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, July 21, 2005
Fresh: Has more belly laughs than 10 studio-produced, star-vehicle comedies.
- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, July 1, 2004
Rotten: There's no cohesive story, just a series of opportunities for the title character to strut his gawky stuff.
- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 18, 2004
There are lots of very funny moments, and in contrast there are many moments you wished you had known about just so you could sit through them and keep your eyes closed. "Gosh!"
- rezpatriot, Friday, July 30, 2010
"He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove." A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. REVIEW Hysterically funny high school comedy about the eponymous delusional nerd (Heder who comes across as the bastard son of Will Ferrell and Jerry Seinfeld) and his misadventures with his wimpy older brother Kip(Ruell), creepily living in 1982 state-of-mind Uncle Rico (Gries) with his hare-brained get-rich quick schemes, extreme living grandma (Martin) and his misfit buddies, the quiet sad-eyed Pedro (Ramirez) and photobug pony tailed girlfriend material Deb (Majorino) set in the endless plains of Preston, Idaho. Facing the daily hell of high school Napoleon daydreams and uses his creative 'skills' to full tilt despite the ridiculous odds stacked against his better judgment. Uproariously funny with some unique production design, costumes and hair-styles makes this microcosm of middle-America come to life with biting wit and style to filmmaker Jared Hess who co-scripted with his wife Jerusha echoes the likes of 'Election', 'Rushmore' and 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' yet is unique in that it allows its characters to boldly accept themselves for what they are and damn anyone who doesn't get it. Heder is a true comic fine in his weird vocal deliveries and ejaculations of 'Idiot!', 'Sweet!' and 'Dang!' and has a time-capsule moment at the film's climax involving the student council election; 'nuff said. A real sleeper comic ode to the dork in all of us.
- mrpopcorn, Tuesday, March 2, 2010