Bobby Deerfield (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bobby Deerfield (1977)




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Movie Info

A racecar driver deals only with life's possibilities and refuses to see the danger he puts himself in when he drives recklessly. All of this changes when he meets a woman who changes his perspective. He falls in love with her but doesn't know she has leukemia.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Sargent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
Columbia Pictures


Al Pacino
as Bobby
Walter McGinn
as The Brother
Romolo Valli
as Uncle Luigi
Stephan Meldegg
as Karl Holtzmann
Jaime Sánchez
as Delvecchio
Norman Neilsen
as The Magician
Mickey Knox
as Tourist
Guido Alberti
as Priest In Garden
Aurora Maris
as Woman In Gas Station
Gerard Hernandez
as Carlos Del Montanara
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Critic Reviews for Bobby Deerfield

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

A brilliantly unusual love story, told in a European fashion which makes the Sydney Pollack film at first irritating, then intriguing, finally most rewarding and emotionally satisfying.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

A classic example of a Hollywood director being struck down by a lethal 'art' attack as soon as he sets foot in Europe.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Bobby Deerfield may turn out to be the year's most cynical movie made by people who know better, including Sydney Pollack, the director, and Alvin Sargent, who wrote the screenplay.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This gorgeously shot film is a trifle long at just over two hours; much of the racing footage could have been dispensed with, along with the sudsiest of the emotions.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A resonant Pacino...though ultimately a misfire, suggests that there are worse things to call a movie than 'a curiosity.' [DVD review]

March 9, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Pacino is at his best: precise, internal, magnetically cute, and expert at capturing the fear in this man's turtle-like existence and his longing for change.

Full Review… | March 9, 2008
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bobby Deerfield


A bizarre misfire from a talented line-up of artists. With such a towering amount of potential, it is peculiar to see Bobby Deerfield as what it is - a mess. Lacking in any sort of distinguishable narrative or character thread, the movie plods off in numerous directions and leaves the audience behind. The most interesting aspect of it is Al Pacino's understated acting in the title role. Pacino has stated that out of all the roles he's played, this one is the closest to himself in reality. It is evident that he has a deep understanding of this character, but his depth and nuance is lost in a chaotically executed picture.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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