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The Bronze

Comedy . Drama

In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero after winning the bronze medal for the women's gymnastics team. Today, she's still living in her small hometown, washed-up and embittered. Stuck in the past, Hope must reassess her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.

Actors: Cecily Strong , Sebastian Stan , Melissa Rauch , Gary Cole , Haley Lu Richardson , Thomas Middleditch
Directors: Bryan Buckley
Country: USA
Release: 2016-03-18
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  • Leah Greenblatt

    The Bronze has a loony Napoleon Dynamite–meets–Talladega Nights-on-the-balance-beam charm. Hope may be a giant jackass, but she’s America’s jackass.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    The Bronze often feels like an extended skit, but Hope is so refreshingly unladylike and the movie is so refreshingly cynical about gymnastics that the results are surprisingly amusing.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Bronze, for all its crudeness and lewdness (Melissa Raunch, anyone?) and wonky comedy, is actually a good old-fashioned tale of redemption.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Dziemianowicz

    The Bronze isn’t a brilliant game-changer, just a funny and filthy diversion.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's a very funny character needing more arc than Rauch's script offers or a shorter movie.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    It takes a surprising amount of time to adjust to the film’s shticky conception of its main character, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch).

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    In the broad strokes, I think The Bronze is okay. I laughed at some things, I sat stone-faced during some things that don't work, and at the end, I could tell what I was supposed to feel, but it was more like I'm being ordered to feel this way instead of the film actually earning it.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    I found myself admiring The Bronze for its stalwart refusal to soften Hope, and for Rauch’s carefully detailed performance.... But admiring isn’t quite the same as liking. This film is a comedy wrapped in barbed wire; approach with caution.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Tricia Olszewski

    The film offers one or two surprises. And when its humor lands, Rauch ensures that it sticks.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jack Giroux

    There’s a fine movie in here buried underneath a lot of bloat, but as of right now, it’s an overlong, mostly unfunny, and flawed character study.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is one of those comedies that could have been a brilliant short film on “Funny or Die” or “Saturday Night Live,” but wears out its welcome as a feature-length film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The Bronze is one of those faux-naughty comedies that simply doesn’t have the courage of its lack of convictions.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s just not enough. The Bronze is predictable, and outside of Rauch, Cole and a very convincing (conditioning, some training, clever editing) Haley Lu Richardson, the cast is bland. Strong has nothing to play, and nobody else makes an impression. The Bronze is proof that one great joke is not the route to comic gold, or for that matter silver.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    The protagonist's unlikable routine is too high a degree of difficulty to execute flawlessly.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    There are some laughs in The Bronze, but more time in which we might wish it would end already. When it does, just like on Hallmark, lessons are learned. Perhaps for Rauch, the lesson is to write herself a better movie next time.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Disappointingly, this scruffy indie doesn’t live up to its promise either, despite a few flashes of subversive inspiration.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Not without its bluntly funny bits, this nasty, programmatic comedy wants to be outlandish but, oddly enough, it’s the movie’s lack of realism that really hurts it.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The Bronze is a strident comedy made in accordance with the sole guiding principle of, when in doubt, go even more vulgar.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Though no one would accuse The Bronze of not being funny, it somehow manages not to be funny often enough.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Rauch (who wrote the film with her husband, Winston Rauch) nails the portrayal admirably under Bryan Buckley’s direction. But that doesn’t mean Hope is anyone you want to spend almost two hours with.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Built on an interesting idea -- but which, unlike Strug, can't quite stick the landing.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    For a movie with a critique of mediocrity well within its grasp, this one settles for an embrace of it, barely breaking a sweat.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    This ostensibly edgy comedy didn't wring a single laugh out of me until maybe fifteen minutes before the finale. Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The Bronze is just another movie about overcoming arrested development. It’s not as funny as it tries to be, but, for a few, fleeting minutes, it leaves an impression.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    This comedy has a few genuine laughs, but The Bronze never even comes close to making it to qualifiers.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    There’s a nude scene that comes out of nowhere that’s almost embarrassing. Why is it there? Like the movie itself, it’s almost daring, except it’s not.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    The Bronze is so satisfied with its own winking crassness that it lets epithets constitute everything it has to say. Between that and the film’s scene-by-scene tonal shifts, what could’ve been an off-kilter curiosity curdles into a dull roar of disappointment.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Lovable misanthropes can be a lot of fun, but someone forgot to put in the lovable.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    The prevailing attitude behind the film can be boiled down to a simplistic idea: the cruder, the better.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ibad Shah

    For a comedy of such misjudged tones, Rauch is best when she plays up Hope's dramatic tendencies rather than her comedic side.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The first act of the film wins some laughs on surrealist shock humour, but at the expense of ever accepting this character and her world as real.

    The Guardian Full Review