Bob Roberts (1992)



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In the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, producer/ director/ star Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts is a satire disguised as a documentary. Robbins plays the titular Roberts, a wealthy, well-connected young man running for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania. On the surface, Roberts is an ingratiating glad-hander, a sincere believer in the restoration of such intangibles as national pride, family values, etc. But the longer Roberts is followed about by documentary filmmaker Brian Murray, the more we become … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Tim Robbins
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2000

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Critic Reviews for Bob Roberts

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

This nose-thumbing mock documentary is so prescient, so astonishingly up-to-the-minute, it creates the eerie effect of having been ripped from tomorrow's headlines.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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A sometimes brilliant if overloaded pseudodocumentary satire.

Full Review… | July 8, 2009
Chicago Reader
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A sort of political This Is Spinal Tap, Bob Roberts is both a stimulating social satire and, for thinking people, a depressing commentary on the devolution of the American political system.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
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Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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A very funny, sometimes prescient satire of American politics, and of the comparatively small, voting portion of the electorate that makes a Bob Roberts phenomenon possible.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Tim Robbins inaugurates the fall season with a slashingly funny political satire that ranks with the year's best films.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Bob Roberts

I hate these boring political dramas that try to be slightly satirical, as if that's going to entertain people. Politics is so boring, and this movie doesn't do anything (except maybe adding Rickman as eye candy) to make the audience interested in it. It's not one of the worst movies out there, but I really didn't care for it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Bob Roberts is a hilarious political satire mockumentary, relating the events of a fictional senatorial campaign. Despite coming out in 1992, many of the issues it brings up are surprisingly timely (occurring in the midst of the Gulf War), it has a lot of interesting (if not unfamiliar) things to say on our political system. The film's politics are driven by liberal-cliches, but it's done in a smart way that mocks the overall system rather than one party, and does so with some poignant thoughts from the great Gore Vidal (who also stars in the film). By far the best things about the film is the unbelievable cast filled with cameos from the top actors of the 90s (James Spader, John Cusack, etc), but also a number of laugh out loud lines such as:
"Don't smoke crack. It's a ghetto drug."

"I could use a strong finisher myself sometimes "

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Still one of the finest political movies to come out of the U.S. Considering that Robbins has produced some stinkers since then, perhaps he ought to have stopped with the genre at this film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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