• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ron Shelton
    In Theaters:
    Dec 2, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 2, 2003
  • Warner Home Video
  • Cobb
    1 minutes 21 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Cobb Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2014
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

A curiously gripping amalgam of Patton, Citizen Kane and Melvin and Howard.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

May 6, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 6, 2014
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

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.

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)

May 6, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2014
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

March 19, 2013
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 19, 2013
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

March 19, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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[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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 19, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 21, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The movie never equals the performance, but still fascinating to watch.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2011
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Massively underrated.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 5, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's such a potent and courageous wreck of a movie that it's worth more than most 'successes.'

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 5, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2008
Leonard Klady
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It's unclear just how much sympathy we are to extend the unrepentant and bullying title character.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 5, 2008

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
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