Bobby Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 6, 2006
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 25, 2006
Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 24, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 24, 2006
Ultimately rises above its inadequacies; it's an earnest tribute to a time gone by, and to a symbol of hope.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 24, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 24, 2006
A lot of quick, character-defining cameos, which makes the movie play out like a pilot for a sprawling prime-time television show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 24, 2006
It's little more than a collection of half-glimpsed lives.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 24, 2006
A compelling film of tender moral decency that boasts a number of moments not to be shrugged off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 24, 2006
So keenly felt and so deeply imagined I couldn't help but be moved, even grateful for its bleeding-heart nostalgia -- which winds up feeling rather up-to-date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 23, 2006
Ambitious, uneven and deeply affecting drama.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2006
With one film, Estevez has transformed himself from a middle-aged joke into a youthful auteur who has made something beautiful, something he can be proud of, one of the best films of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2006
With so much brandishing of name actors in small roles, Bobby feels like a '70s disaster flick, with the disaster in the final minutes. While waiting, viewers must content themselves with playing spot-the-star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 23, 2006
Always engaging, rarely revelatory, Bobby earns credit for its convictions and its ability to dramatize those convictions in the context of a man who embodied them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2006
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2006
What little plot Bobby has is overshadowed by the star spotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 2006
An earnest and altogether silly piece of conjectural melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 22, 2006
The most interesting person in this maze of a movie is by far the title character. And his absence leaves an inescapable void.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2006
If Bobby causes us to stop and compare what might have been to the leadership we currently have, one suspects Estevez would not mind at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
November 22, 2006
A daring, messy and strangely rewarding patchwork that's straining at the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 21, 2006
All the actors get their Big Moments, but verisimilitude goes out the window.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 21, 2006
There are important movies and engrossing movies, but it's not often that both terms apply to the same movie. Bobby, which opens Thursday, is a fictionalized account of the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it's one of the exceptions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 20, 2006
Despite the clunkiness, Estevez's commitment to his father's generation's idealism (and its murder) commands respect.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 20, 2006
Estevez has made a vague gesture at a large, metaphoric structure without having the dramatic means to achieve it.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
Bobby does do a solid job of telling one generation what the world was like in the summer of 1968, and reminding another generation of a time when they believed a politician could change the world.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 17, 2006
Estevez means well. But having your heart in the right place is no excuse for insipid ineptitude.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 17, 2006
[Bobby's] a sketchbook trying to pass as a tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2006
Emilio Estevez's Bobby tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 17, 2006
The archival Kennedy clips aside, the excited radiance of these young characters' faces (and many of them are just extras) may be the best thing about Bobby.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 17, 2006
Despite its flaws, its intriguing premise leaves us haunted by thoughts of 'What if?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 17, 2006
It is a cross-section of America, and of the Screen Actor's Guild.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 17, 2006
Bobby, which reportedly is going to receive a huge push for the Oscars, is one of the year's worst movies.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2006
For all its flaws, Bobby is a heartfelt and undeniably relevant project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 16, 2006
An exercise in historical revisionism for folks who would rather be informed of breaking national crises through news feeds on All My Children.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 16, 2006
Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, Bobby is like an American-history textbook marked with thick yellow highlighter wherever a parallel might be detected between the Vietnam era and the reign of Bush II.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
It's an ambitious film drenched in sincerity and oozing with nostalgia that, despite the energy provided by its title icon via archival footage, falls flat dramatically in nearly every other way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2006
Estevez probably could have cut the cast in half and come up with a richer, stronger film.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 16, 2006
Everyone in this film is powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 16, 2006
With Bobby, Emilo Estevez tries to link the intimate stories of nearly two dozen characters to a large and consequential public event the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
Bobby coasts along on a dread, and sorrow, it doesn't earn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 15, 2006
Every frame is informed and fueled by Mr. Estevez's impassioned mourning for a figure who came close to changing the course of American history. Bobby is exciting, involving and riveting.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
November 14, 2006
Estevez means to eulogize the hopes of a nation, showing the night's impact on a group of hotel guests and staff cross-sectioned by age, race, and class. But his movie ends up buried under its stifling good intentions and dire execution.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 14, 2006
In the movie business, there's no such thing as 'truth in titling.' If there was, Bobby would be called A Bunch of Boring, No-Name, Cookie-Cutter Characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2006
[Estevez's] attempt to shoehorn what he sees as the grand themes of the period into a choppy, unsubtle and insubstantial script is embarrassing.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2006
Whether or not Bobby Kennedy was the man his supporters believed him to be, the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was silenced when he was gunned down.
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Deborah Young
Variety
September 5, 2006
A passionate outcry for peace and justice in America that becomes deeply involving by the final climactic scene, overlaid with one of RFK's most stirring speeches.