Cobb

Cobb

64%
  • 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

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
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
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
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
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
Leonard Klady
Variety
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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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Even allowing for the intentional excesses of such an episode, delicacy is a casualty here.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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This histrionic portrait of the most celebrated cur in sports history comes across like a fly ball that thuds on the ground.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

June 18, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Shelton's strong, stinging film -- one of the year's best -- wants to get at something ingrained in the American character: the irrational desire to make saints of sports heroes.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

May 12, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the kind of film where you admire the craftsmanship and artistry while questioning the wisdom of the project itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Jones' on-target portrayal of the dying athlete is mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Of all the good and great movies that have slipped through the cracks in recent years, none has been treated as appallingly as Cobb.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Cobb turns into a noisy, cantankerous buddy picture.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

December 2, 1994
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