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.
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
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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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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

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.'
Susan Granger
February 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 11, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Emanuel Levy
June 2, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones gives an uncompromisingly volcanic performance as the psychotic bigot, one of baseball greatest players, known for his aggressive conduct, racism, and sexism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 26, 2006
Completely enthralling from first frame to last, Cobb is a fascinating, uncompromising portrait of a rage-filled, contradictory man fighting his own private war with the world.
| Original Score: 4/4
Mike Barkacs
July 5, 2005
If you're looking for a sugary-sweet baseball hero story, this ain't it; but it is an entertaining story about a great ex-player who could make Albert Belle look like Mother Theresa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
October 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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