A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2005)

Can one of America's least glamorous sports survive a media-savvy makeover...and can it survive without one? In the 1950s and '60s, bowling was one of America's most popular sports, with millions spending their spare time on the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 27, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even if bowling isn't your sport, this colorful documentary is still an entertaining watch.

Noel Murray
AV Club

It's a workmanlike film, but by the time two of the above bowlers are rolling against each other for the PBA championship, Browne has the audience sweating every spare.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Manages to be funny, sad and as informative as you'd want any movie about bowling to be.

Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

The new and improved Tour now has a terrifically well-made and astute film documenting its birthing pains.

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

After a few flourishes of Errol Morris-like editing, first-timer Browne settles into a tone resembling the ESPN telecasts so crucial to the PBA's revenue stream, thriving on the intrinsic drama of competition and the league's emerging star system.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

It's a curious movie, in the best sense, acknowledging that everybody is obsessed with something, then finding out why this particular group of people is obsessed with this particular pastime.

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Christopher Null

easy to take in, much like spending an afternoon at the lanes with some watery beer

Tom Long
Detroit News

The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Amusing and insightful.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"League" is unexpectedly inspiring as we watch the plucky little league, which only draws a quarter of the advertising revenue of hockey despite having better TV ratings, fight for its survival.

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