Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gentleman Broncos and the Illusion of Popular Opinion


By Daniel Shultz


Gentleman Broncos was released in 2009. It was a gigantic flop at the box office and got thrashed by critics. The film was written by Husband and Wife filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess, who are best known for their film Napoleon Dynamite(2004). While that film become a cult classic and has engendered love within those who appreciate its quirky plot-less presentation, the subsequent films from the Hesses have not faired well. Nacho Libre (2006) their follow up to Napoleon Dynamite succeeded at the box office but received poor reviews. Then in 2009 came Gentleman Broncos, after the near 100 million box office of Nacho Libre Gentleman Broncos grossed a pitiful $118,192 at the box office. The critical reception reflected the opinion of audiences, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting in at 18%. The question then needs to be asked do these two markers of determine whether a film is good or bad?