A Love Song for Bobby Long Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
February 1, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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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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
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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
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 24, 2005
Marks the umpteenth comeback for Travolta. It's a modest one, but a comeback simply because it's watchable Travolta that doesn't reek of a paycheck grab.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 15, 2005
A wonderfully literary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heidi Martinuzzi
Film Threat
January 15, 2005
A southern drama, a passionate example of human frailty...this film knows what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 15, 2005
As a meandering piece of soft-hearted Southern gothic, A Love Song for Bobby Long is diverting enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 30, 2005
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 15, 2005
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 15, 2005
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Ebert & Roeper
January 13, 2005
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