A Love Song for Bobby Long Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 28, 2005
The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 28, 2005
For all its atmospherics, this love song never quite sings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
January 28, 2005
In the earnest A Love Song for Bobby Long, [Travolta] is a veritable cinematic pollutant.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 28, 2005
It's remarkable to listen to dialogue that assumes the audience is well-read.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 28, 2005
A Love Song for Bobby Long works hard to give quirk a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 28, 2005
When A Love Song for Bobby Long concentrates on moving its plot forward, it aims too wide and clumsily lays bare all its secrets and twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 27, 2005
Nothing special.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 27, 2005
Travolta's performance is idiosyncratic but not particularly appealing. He's hampered by an overbearing, sophomoric script and, worse, it's apparent that he doesn't believe in the character, not for one second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 27, 2005
Bobby Long makes you want to reach for a classic New Orleans cure -- let's say, a Sazerac in a go-cup -- and drink yourself to sweet oblivion.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 27, 2005
Helmed by first-time feature director-screenwriter Shainee Gabel, the movie dawdles a bit and relies heavily on stereotypical Southern eccentricity. In the long haul, it wins you over -- although it does seem like a long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 27, 2005
It isn't until the movie's almost over that it becomes clear the many directions it takes are all important, because Bad Education is about making decisions that can't be reversed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 27, 2005
Qualifies, barely, as a guilty pleasure...with its generous scrapbook of literary wisdom and pleasantly overcooked performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2005
An accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 27, 2005
its inflated view of its own insights and its essential phoniness make it a long slog to the unsurprising surprise ending.
| Original Score: C-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2005
It's a film that feels lived in, confident despite its conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 27, 2005
It's a self-conscious Southern Gothic, awash in literate eccentrics with stories to tell and songs to sing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 27, 2005
It's like reading through a handsomely illustrated book of quotations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 26, 2005
Goes down smoothly but leaves you with only greasy fingers and a bitter aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 24, 2005
The story seems a lot more like a true story than a work of fiction in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 24, 2005
Generates a bit of sentiment when it's looking the other way but it's too little too late.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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