The Brown Bunny (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Brown Bunny (2004)



Critic Consensus: More dull than hypnotic, The Brown Bunny is a pretentious and self-indulgent bore.

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Actor and musician Vincent Gallo takes on the role of writer, director, editor, cinematographer, and star with his second filmmaking effort, The Brown Bunny. Motorcycle racer Bud Clay (Gallo) drives his van across the country in search of his lost love, Daisy (Chloë Sevigny). He stops at her parents' house and sees the brown bunny she left behind. Along the rest of the way, he stops for gas, rides his bike, and makes out with a woman at a roadside rest area (Cheryl Tiegs). He meets up with Daisy when he finally arrives in Los Angeles, leading to the revelatory conclusion in his hotel room. The Brown Bunny premiered in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival in a working cut of 119 minutes that was widely panned; a 93 minute final edit was shown at subsequent festivals and premiered in the United States in the summer of 2004.


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Critic Reviews for The Brown Bunny

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (31)

A passable, if often dreary, evocation of those '70s road movies in which disillusioned young men (and the occasional woman) took to the highway in search of America, the meaning of things or maybe just a hamburger.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A road movie, but made by someone who seems so self-absorbed he might as well be asleep at the wheel.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: D

What plays for 80 minutes like an intolerable, self-indulgent road trip largely redeems itself in the last 10 minutes, through a moving explanation of the anti-hero's catatonic depression.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.

September 18, 2004 | Full Review…

Narcissisistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap is still narcissistic, self-indulgent, solipsistic claptrap, no matter how long or short.

September 16, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…

I don't know that I've ever encountered a filmmaker who wants to be loved so badly on his own wheedling, whiny, abrasive, motherless, misogynistic, and -- last but not least -- non-narrative terms.

September 15, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Brown Bunny


Almost silent and surprisingly tender, this is a sad and haunting portrait of a man with a broken heart and full of sorrow, and it evokes a constant feeling of melancholy and solitude, like with the songs that play along the film following the character's fragmented state of mind.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Vincent Gallo's self-indulgent experiment that succeeds on some levels and fails on others. Controversial because of the "real" sex scenes, The Brown Bunny has limited mainstream appeal and a growing cult following. The problem here is that Gallo has about 30 minutes of good material and about 90 minutes of screen time to fill. Characters take literally minutes to say two or three words. The end result is a film that's sometimes interesting and often excruciating.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Boring and shocking.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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