Bringing Up Bobby Reviews

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Amy R. Handler
Film Threat
January 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 28, 2012
... a mess filled with condescending stereotypes, unlikeable characters, earnest melodrama and references to old movies that are better.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 27, 2012
[Its] downfall was ensured by a leading lady who will always be more credible chasing zombies than the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 27, 2012
Milla Jovovich delivers an over-the-top peformance in this melodramatic tale of an immigrant con artist and her juvenile delinquent son.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 26, 2012
'"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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 26, 2012
Ms. Jovovich displays such a keen awareness of her strengths that she brings out magical elements I never believed possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
The script, by first-time director Famke Janssen, condescends to the heartland, and minor roles collapse to stereotype.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2012
Just an extended dramatization of the 1980s anti-drug PSA that memorably cautioned "I learned it by watching you!"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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