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Bobby (2006)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 91

Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 25

Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times.



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Twenty-two people become unwitting participants in a tragic and defining moment of the 1960s in this period drama from actor and director Emilio Estevez. It's early June in 1968, and the California presidential primary elections are occupying the minds of many in the Golden State, with Robert F. Kennedy in a close race against Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. The Kennedy campaign staff has set up camp at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, while the staff and guests become observers as the



Apr 10, 2007


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For all his good intentions, Mr. Estevez has reduced history to a bad melodrama in which nothing much happens until a crazed assassin (of whom we catch only a fleeting prior glimpse) supposedly destroys the last great hope of a liberal renaissance.

December 6, 2006
New York Observer
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Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's this disconnect between historical reality and dramatic indulgence that keeps an otherwise worthy film from being completely satisfying. There are moments, though, where even the most hardened cynic may have to wipe away tears of regret and loss.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Ultimately rises above its inadequacies; it's an earnest tribute to a time gone by, and to a symbol of hope.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a tin-eared movie, in many regards, history rewritten by that C-student who tries to jam too many footnotes into every character.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
Orlando Sentinel
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A lot of quick, character-defining cameos, which makes the movie play out like a pilot for a sprawling prime-time television show.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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One wishes that Sirhan Sirhan didn't aim for Kennedy and instead set his sights on wiping out the entire lot of time-wasting characters.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

Not every story comes together into a satisfying climax, and it feels like some time has been wasted with some people that could have been better spent with others.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

A labor of love from actor/writer/director Emilio Estevez, Bobby is a very well written, deftly directed and incredibly acted ensemble piece.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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A stew

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

This movie as everything to do with Estevez' needy ego, and nothing to do with Bobby Kennedy. It is a disgrace.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

a great cast but a little crowded

July 5, 2008

Bobby throbs with tremendous contemporary relevance.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Emilio Estevez has done a terrific job with Bobby , a film that explores the lives of people who were at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the day that Robert Kennedy won the California primary and was shot to death.

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

Despite problems with its subplots, the larger story of the times and the man are so compelling, and the actors here are so capable, that the movie succeeds.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The surprisingly masterful Bobby washes over you as a lament for a lost era, a lost legacy, a lost dream of the country that could have been.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fascinating reflection of the times, when idealism and hope still held pride of place in the minds and hearts of the American public

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There's nothing worse than a movie that knows it's important, and Bobby reminds its audience of that fact in almost every scene through character development, dialogue and plot.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The ensemble structure of 'Bobby' becomes problematic, because some the stories are clumsy and dull.

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

Fantasy icon super-imposed over a whole menu of subconscious collective thwarted desires.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Strong on stars but short on real drama. Impressive but ultimately unmemorable.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

This dim movie invites suicidal comparison with Altman's ensemble pieces.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It makes you wish you were watching a biopic of Robert Kennedy instead.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

If Estevez's drama had been as strong as [RFK's] speech, Bobby would have been a far better film.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Using his haunting elegy for Martin Luther King over the final scene, Estevez makes most of what's gone before seem entertaining enough but fairly trivial. This is not, after all, Grand Hotel.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's hard to dislike a film with such laudable ambition. But watching this feels like being kidnapped by a hippie parade.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Audience Reviews for Bobby

Bobby is an n underrated drama that deserves much more praise. Surrounding the events of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the film follows several characters that will be affected throughout the ordeal. The story is engaging, and it is an important part of history as well, and the cast do a good job in their performances and bring something unique to the film. The film isn't perfect, but it's definitely not as awful as what many critics have said. This is a surprising film that boasts a compelling true story, and even if some of the characters aren't really fleshed out, Bobby does succeed in being a watchable drama that can exceed your expectations. I must admit, with a few casting decisions, I was skeptical, but I was very much surprised and overall, I really enjoyed the film. Director Emilio Estevez crafts a film that is entertaining, dramatic and ultimately enjoyable from start to finish. Bobby is a well directed drama that is far better than what you'd expect. Estevez crafts a very good film and I very much enjoyed it. The story itself is what keeps you involved and despite its shortcomings, Bobby is an accomplished movie that evokes some perfect elements of the genre. Based on the tragic ordeal at the Ambassador Hotel, this is a film that will certainly entertain those intrigued in the subject, but you should know as well that the filmmakers did take some creative liberties to make it more appealing to audiences. However the core of the story is good and it is a movie that shouldn't easily be dismissed. Bobby has its flaws, but is a well acted and directed drama that simply is captivating from the first frame on wards.
November 25, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Excellent cast. Interesting compilation of characters' lives and witnesses on the day that Bobby was assassinated.
June 10, 2012
Candy Rose

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Emilio Estevez wrote and directed this interesting take on the day in the life of the famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles ... only the day in question is really important: the day Bobby Kennedy was shot there. And so we see dramatized the mindset of a cross section of the country, hopes, dreams, foibles. The film asks for hope to prevail, especially in the face of loss. Good.
February 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

A cast to dream of gets together to relive the events of the last day in Robert Kennedy's life in the Ambassador hotel in Chicago in June 1968. No less than 22 characters, played mostly be really big names, go through their own little dramas as the day progresses and approaches the presidential candidates's speech. While the film starts out with some original footage and later on shows Kennedy's speeches and public appearances on TV screens merged into the scenes, the focus is clearly on those everyday people and their different stories. Given their high amount, it is no surprise that that leaves only little screen time for each of them. The film still does a good job portraying each one of them and characterizing them within a handful of scenes. That does not mean that a couple of them feel a tad mundane or superficial and maybe even unnecessary. Kutcher and LaBouef's LSD adventures add very little to the film. The scene switches too often to ever get boring, though. Shortly before things get a little tiresome everyone unites to listen to Kennedy's speech and the rest is history. The last 15 minutes are brilliant, as the assassination also affects most of the characters we've met, while a classic Kennedy speech is playing from the off. That's when the film finally reaches a really emotional and moving level, sending off the audience with a real downer, that is yet so true and relevant.
January 25, 2012

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