Bringing Up Bobby (2012)
Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5
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In an effort to escape her murky past and build a better future, Olive (Milla Jovovich), a nomadic European con-artist, and her 10-year-old American-born son, Bobby(Spencer List), find themselves living in Oklahoma. As her top priority, Olive seeks to give Bobby the things she never had: she enrolls him in school, makes him do his homework and tries her hardest to be a good mother, and with the help of an old friend from Oklahoma, Walt (Rory Cochrane), Olive "provides" for Bobby in the only way
Sep 28, 2012 Limited
Nov 19, 2012
Monterey Media - Official Site
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[Its] downfall was ensured by a leading lady who will always be more credible chasing zombies than the American dream.
Actress Famke Janssen wrote and directed this half-spiky, A-for-effort dramedy about a grifter mom struggling to raise her preteen son on the road.
Milla Jovovich delivers an over-the-top peformance in this melodramatic tale of an immigrant con artist and her juvenile delinquent son.
'"Bringing Up Bobby" is hardly an auspicious debut for Janssen as a director, but, at the same time, there's enough there to suggest that a next attempt would be worthy of investigation...
Ms. Jovovich displays such a keen awareness of her strengths that she brings out magical elements I never believed possible.
The script, by first-time director Famke Janssen, condescends to the heartland, and minor roles collapse to stereotype.
Bringing Up Bobby is strongly recommended for both young teens and adults. It is a film that will help all of us survive and move on, in the beautiful yet uncomfortable world of our own making.
Famke Janssen only rarely finds her way to the lowdown and lowlife world of the characters, and never and brings "Bobby" up to the level of pathos of "A Mother's Sacrifice" that she was aiming for in the first place.
... a mess filled with condescending stereotypes, unlikeable characters, earnest melodrama and references to old movies that are better.
Stumbles through scenes without a consistent tone, hoping to shape something meaningful out of its display of misguided parenting. Janssen just doesn't have the vision to achieve it.
Bringing Up Bobby centers around a mugging performance by Jovovich, who can't ground the film's attempts to tie together sentiments from Paper Moon and Miss Saigon.
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