• R, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shainee Gabel
    In Theaters:
    Dec 29, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 22, 2005
  • Lions Gate Releasing


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A Love Song for Bobby Long Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not for kids, and not worth it for adults.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2010
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

The film's liabilities outweigh its assets.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A Love Song for Bobby Long's trio of lead performances are surprisingly believable.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

May 3, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mais um daqueles independentes norte-americanos cuja presunção de soar profundo logo revela sua verdadeira intenção: emocionar através do melodrama.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Tries the patience of sober viewers, who are likely to envy the onscreen eccentrics their ever-present plastic cups of Abita...

| Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

We should take it no more seriously than we would Bobby Long himself. Like the old professor, it talks such amusing nonsense.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

March 6, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The film shares many qualities with its rambling and at times honestly endearing characters: it's sloppy, decent-hearted and most often embarrassing.

March 5, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's little more than a collection of cliches about the Deep South, alcoholism and the literary arts.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Things move at a snail's pace in the humid bayou atmosphere writer-director Shainee Gabel creates, allowing Travolta to chew several yards of Cajun-spiced scenery.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

This, incidentally, is one of the rare movies about authors in which the character's writing actually seems good enough to be publishable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2005
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

John is a fine actor, he's not quite a match for this part, nor does his southern accent ring true. Perhaps Billy Bob Thornton would have made a better cast.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

February 5, 2005
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Delights as often as it dulls the senses.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

The cast appears to have mistaken a verbose screenplay for great writing.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 28, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Sentimental but occasionally moving drama.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Engaging and transparent at once.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An above-average independent movie that gives us an interesting version of a popular indie theme: difficult parents and the fallout for their neglected children.

January 28, 2005
Marc Mohan

The movie's climactic plot twist seems inevitable from about 10 minutes in.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C-

January 28, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
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