Napoleon Dynamite Synopsis
A gawky teen (Jon Heder) helps a friend run for class president.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
More than a deadpan comedy about oddball losers. This dork has his day, and this story has its touching subtext -- growing pains relieved...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An inspired dead-end stunt that keeps delivering snarky laughs far longer than it has any right to.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
With the exception of one truly glorious dance solo, the movie treats its hero - and his equally uncool family - with undisguised disdain.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There isn't much Napoleonic grandeur in this Idaho-set high school comedy, which in spite of its most condescending instincts, does have...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
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...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A one-note, lightweight, condescending comedy about the rubes of Idaho.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Filmmaker Jared Hess (who cowrote the script with his wife, Jerusha Hess) installs Napoleon front and center as a punchline in and of...
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By Mr.Le-bow-ski
love this **** i think it will become a classic...

BORING!

By about_that_movie....
Waste of time and money......

THIS MOVIE IS DA MAN

By Cool Movie Guy
THIS MOVIE IS THE BEST MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE! I WANT A PET LIGER AND SEE TINA THE LAMA! PEDRO AND DEB AND SUMMER AND TRISHA AND UNCLE RICO AND KIP AND LAFAWNDA AND...

Bad bad bad

By platypusluva
Bad movie, no point, stupid, what more can i say? It has nothing enjoyable, something funny every once in a while, but still boring .i literally fell asleep during it. Very stupid movie, don't...

HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

By magedg01
IT WAS SOOO STUPID...

good movie

By nocountryforironman
john heder was payed 1,000 dollars to play in the movie but it made millions.funny but i saw it way too much...

By Harsh Critic2
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What Ever I feel Like I Wanna Do, GOSH!

By Luv'n Sea World
If you want a good old fashion pee your pants funny movie, this is your best bet! I literally mean that it's so stupid that it;s funny!...

Funny!

By Dancing Queen
This movie was funny but stupid. I don't know whether to say if it is one of my favorites or not....

Awesome!

By panther96
One of my top 5 favorite movies of all time!!...

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Rated PG | For thematic elements and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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