Cobb Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2014
Most biopics mistakenly try to take us from cradle to grave and end up skimming the surface. The wisdom of Cobb is that writer-director Ron Shelton knows that the close study of a single day can decode a human life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
A curiously gripping amalgam of Patton, Citizen Kane and Melvin and Howard.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 6, 2014
To watch Tommy Lee Jones re-create the persona of the Hall of Famer in Cobb is to encounter the greatest SOB ever to come down the pike -- in or out of the domain of sports. The trek is hardly entertaining.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 6, 2014
While the story of Cobb himself is a worthy one (Shelton's treatment, believe it or not, even has its similarities to Orson Welles' Citizen Kane), Shelton shortchanges the very game that made the man famous.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 6, 2014
Unfortunately, the movie just makes Stump look like a self-important jerk, possibly a bigger jerk than Cobb, and Wuhl's affable, weightless performance doesn't help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 20, 2013
Stump is well-played by affable Robert Wuhl, who has the unenviable responsibility of representing the one sane man in Ty's crazy universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2013
Cobb's accomplishments on the ball field would make for an absorbing documentary, but it's the passions and pitfalls of his private life that dominate Ron Shelton's melodramatic film.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
March 19, 2013
Cobb cuts right through the winner-take-all ethos of American athletics. It's a raw, inspired, audaciously funny, and unexpectedly moving collaboration between the writer-director Ron Shelton and Tommy Lee Jones.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
March 19, 2013
Ron Shelton, whose Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump were jokey tales of disillusionment set in the sporting world, here redefines the life of an idol with a certain honest savagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 19, 2013
Ty Cobb is such a towering figure in this motion picture that it's easy to overlook Al Stump -- and Robert Wuhl's feisty, witty performance in the thankless role.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2013
[Jones] lets it all loose here. It's the performance of a lifetime: full of menace and venom, eloquence and fire, rot and pathos, crackling rawness and realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2013
The result, whether Cobb is wailing about greatness or ruminating about the dark circumstances around his father's death, is a performance too operatic and out of control.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 21, 2011
This is a messy movie, sometimes repetitive, sometimes too compressed and allusive. But that's like saying Ty Cobb was not a very good sport -- irrelevant in comparison to the horrific fascination of his story.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 16, 2011
The movie never equals the performance, but still fascinating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 5, 2008
Massively underrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
August 5, 2008
Director Shelton is a master at locker room drama, and helped by a towering performance of snarling egomania and drug-fuelled bitterness from Jones, he tackles the dichotomies of [Cobb] with engaging enthusiasm.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2008
It's such a potent and courageous wreck of a movie that it's worth more than most 'successes.'

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 5, 2008
Tommy Lee Jones is superb in the title role, but writer-director Ron Shelton unwisely chose to structure the film as a two-character piece, thus placing undue attention on the lackluster character of Cobb's biographer, Al Stump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leonard Klady
Variety
August 5, 2008
It's unclear just how much sympathy we are to extend the unrepentant and bullying title character.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Shelton's film is about the nature of truth and popular myth, about the single-minded pursuit of glory, and the horrors within. It's also very funny.
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