The Bronze

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.

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  • ★★★½ review by Nathan Rabin on Letterboxd

    Look for this in My World of Flops. Spoiler: I dug it. Very dark, very profane, very funny and another great Gary Cole dad turn.

  • ★★★★ review by finally changed my brand on Letterboxd

    *pours 32 oz soda on to grave* 

    one for my homie. dont worry its diet.....no its not , im not gonna lie to a ghost

  • ★★★½ review by Josh Rosenthal on Letterboxd

    this was so much funnier than I thought it would be but it's not Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016, dir. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone)

    thomas middleditch saves this movie (and the world)

  • ★★★★★ review by TINY RICK on Letterboxd

    This gets a 5/5 because I got to see Sebastian Stan's butt and that automatically makes a movie a masterpiece.

  • ★★★½ review by Jason Alley on Letterboxd

    Deeply flawed but also better than the reputation it's had ever since its chilly reception at last year's Sundance Film Festival, THE BRONZE is basically part NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and part BAD SANTA. In fact, as several reviews have mentioned, it might as well be called "BAD GYMNAST."

    THE BIG BANG THEORY's Melissa Rauch (who also co-wrote the screenplay) stars as Hope, a former Olympic gymnast, who is desperately clinging to the celebrity she enjoys in her tiny hometown after winning a bronze medal 12 years ago, shortly before an injury put her out of the sport permanently. The bitterness she's accumulated in the years since have shaped her into an angry, self-centered, foul-mouthed brat who still lives with her long-suffering father (the great Gary Cole) and is verbally abusive to anyone within earshot.

    As many have noted, Hope is not a terrifically likeable character, and the very self-conscious dialogue often crosses the line between funny and obnoxiously self-congratulatory. Yes, the comedy may be distinctly hit and miss, but it's surprisingly successful as an oddball character study about arrested development. Almost like Todd Solondz's underrated DARK HORSE rewritten by a Trey Parker/Matt Stone wannabe. It's not a great film or even an especially good one, but it's got a bit of charm and gets better once it (and its lead character) shows some heart.

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