• 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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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices.

| Original Score: C+

January 28, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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For all its atmospherics, this love song never quite sings.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

In the earnest A Love Song for Bobby Long, [Travolta] is a veritable cinematic pollutant.

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: .5/4

January 28, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's remarkable to listen to dialogue that assumes the audience is well-read.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A Love Song for Bobby Long works hard to give quirk a bad name.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 28, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Nothing special.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

January 27, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 27, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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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January 27, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

January 27, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Qualifies, barely, as a guilty pleasure...with its generous scrapbook of literary wisdom and pleasantly overcooked performances.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

January 27, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

its inflated view of its own insights and its essential phoniness make it a long slog to the unsurprising surprise ending.

| Original Score: C-

January 27, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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It's a film that feels lived in, confident despite its conventions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's a self-conscious Southern Gothic, awash in literate eccentrics with stories to tell and songs to sing.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

January 27, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It's like reading through a handsomely illustrated book of quotations.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Goes down smoothly but leaves you with only greasy fingers and a bitter aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The story seems a lot more like a true story than a work of fiction in many ways.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2005
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Generates a bit of sentiment when it's looking the other way but it's too little too late.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 24, 2005
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