Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 11, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The funniest film of the summer.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There's something distinctly sour-tasting in how long the film lingers on its characters doubling-down on their awkwardness.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

As slight as the picture is, though, its hero is an indelible creation.

David Keyes

The approach has all the lasting charm of a train derailment, but at least the train is going somewhere before it is brought to disaster.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

An independent take on a Hollywood tradition, undermined by its cliches but saved by its performances.


For all its charm and its impeccable leads, Napoleon Dynamite is a modish exercise in anti-cool. Still, a strong debut for all its young talents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Napoleon Dynamite is based on a series of skits that were showcased on MTV and feature a buck-toothed, slack-jawed high school nerd who lives in a fantasy world… More
Directors Cat
By no means perfect but not without it's charm. It's a very weird indie comedy that deserves it's cult status and doesn't beg the audience… More
Eric Shankle
There was a time when I couldn't go a day without seeing a few 'Vote For Pedro' shirts. Not only is this film so quotable, it's also… More
Jameson Worley
One of those "so bad it's good" movies. Whether you like it or not, this movie has become a cult classic comedy. Unfortunately it also launched… More
Lucas Martins
Strange, funny and rare comedy, Napoleon Dynamite present a deadpan humor with a very good screenplay and direction by Jared and Jerusha Hess, just like the… More
Eric Alvarez
Still to this day, it boggles my mind how people think this film is good or funny. To see this film receive moderately good reviews disappoints me. I felt the… More