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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Has to be enjoyed in spurts. There's no cohesive story, just a series of opportunities for the title character (Jon Heder) to strut his gawky stuff. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There isn't much Napoleonic grandeur in this Idaho-set high school comedy, which in spite of its most condescending instincts, does have its moments. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    More than a deadpan comedy about oddball losers. This dork has his day, and this story has its touching subtext -- growing pains relieved by unlikely hope. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    So deadpan a film is Napoleon Dynamite, the story and the name of a gangly high school misfit in Preston, Idaho, that I can't say whether it was intended as a character study or a comedy. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    With the exception of one truly glorious dance solo, the movie treats its hero - and his equally uncool family - with undisguised disdain. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A one-note, lightweight, condescending comedy about the rubes of Idaho. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    May not make you laugh out loud - it's too sly and subtle for that - but it will have you smiling every minute, and often grinning widely at its weirded-out charm. Nerdiness will never seem the same. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Refreshing for its simplicity and its originality in a marketplace dominated by soulless blockbusters. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An inspired dead-end stunt that keeps delivering snarky laughs far longer than it has any right to. show more

  • June 21, 2011 jordanstudios
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    Definitely A Laugh Out Loud Movie So Funny

  • May 22, 2011 jz00000000090938
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    It was really stupid but in a funny way most adults wouldn\'t appreciate this movie

  • February 17, 2011 SPurpleprincess7
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    just awesome

  • July 30, 2010 Harlfinger
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    funny. we spend 2 hours chatting online every day so yea it is pretty serious! ha ha

  • July 25, 2008 soccerJDx15
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    John Heder is frickin awesome! Vote 4 Pedro.

  • July 05, 2008 Ricky
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    Anyone who could actually hate this movie has either never finished it, or never watched it at all.

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