A Love Song for Bobby Long Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Not for kids, and not worth it for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The film's liabilities outweigh its assets.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A Love Song for Bobby Long's trio of lead performances are surprisingly believable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 28, 2005
Mais um daqueles independentes norte-americanos cuja presunção de soar profundo logo revela sua verdadeira intenção: emocionar através do melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 14, 2005
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 6, 2005
We should take it no more seriously than we would Bobby Long himself. Like the old professor, it talks such amusing nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 5, 2005
The film shares many qualities with its rambling and at times honestly endearing characters: it's sloppy, decent-hearted and most often embarrassing.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 18, 2005
It's little more than a collection of cliches about the Deep South, alcoholism and the literary arts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 17, 2005
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
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 2, 2005
Delights as often as it dulls the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 28, 2005
The cast appears to have mistaken a verbose screenplay for great writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 28, 2005
Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 28, 2005
Sentimental but occasionally moving drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 28, 2005
Engaging and transparent at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 28, 2005
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.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 28, 2005
The movie's climactic plot twist seems inevitable from about 10 minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 28, 2005
A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2005
First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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