• 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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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
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Suffers from a galloping case of Southernitis.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 30, 2004
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
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
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun

Stars a miscast John Travolta

January 5, 2005
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

Scarlett gets a GED and Travolta plays an old drunk with a black toe.

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December 11, 2004
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

And are we to believe that Pursy, in Scarlett Johansson form, sits around all day eating spoons of peanut butter dipped in M&Ms (apparently the definitive white trash treat)?

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C-

January 13, 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
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

A Love Song For Bobby Long features a movie-by-numbers plot, which makes the movie a waste of time and a huge waste of talent.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 1/4

December 31, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An atmospheric Southern Gothic melodrama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

November 27, 2004
Susan Granger
Modamag.com

Ponderous, maudlin tale of a seedy, dysfunctional Southern family

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 6/10

December 31, 2004
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
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Endless and pretentious.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 29, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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In the first feature directed by Shainee Gabel, John Travolta delivers a hammed-up scenery-chewing variation of the brainy good ole boy he played in Primary Colors.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 29, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Over the course of a pressing-it two hours, we learn some deep, dark secrets that aren't that deep if you've seen a lot of movies.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 29, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Cliches keep banging into one another.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2005
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 15, 2005
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 15, 2005

Ebert & Roeper
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January 13, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 30, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
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