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Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times. Read critic reviews

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In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman (Anthony Hopkins), hotel manager (William H. Macy), lounge singer (Demi Moore), busboy (Freddy Rodriguez), beautician (Sharon Stone) and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

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    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
  • Quite apart from the fact that it's spectacularly uninventive and uncontroversial, it's just such a luvvie-fest.

    January 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Using his haunting elegy for Martin Luther King over the final scene, Estevez makes most of what's gone before seem entertaining enough but fairly trivial. This is not, after all, Grand Hotel.

    January 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • You can understand why somebody would want to make a film about such a famous "lost moment" in American history, but this celebrity ensemble piece is misconceived and poorly managed.

    January 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Few of the characterisations could fill the back of a matchbook, and, in refusing to see RFK as anything other than a liberal messiah, the film meanders through its political context with a white stick and a dopey smile.

    January 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Liberal Hollywood may well be looking for a uniting, inspiring figure of principle in these troubled times. Bobby Kennedy is a dull choice.

    January 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 24, 2013
    Bobby is an n underrated drama that deserves much more praise. Surrounding the events of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the film follows several characters that will be affected throughout the ordeal. The story is engaging, and it is an important part of history as well, and the cast do a good job in their performances and bring something unique to the film. The film isn't perfect, but it's definitely not as awful as what many critics have said. This is a surprising film that boasts a compelling true story, and even if some of the characters aren't really fleshed out, Bobby does succeed in being a watchable drama that can exceed your expectations. I must admit, with a few casting decisions, I was skeptical, but I was very much surprised and overall, I really enjoyed the film. Director Emilio Estevez crafts a film that is entertaining, dramatic and ultimately enjoyable from start to finish. Bobby is a well directed drama that is far better than what you'd expect. Estevez crafts a very good film and I very much enjoyed it. The story itself is what keeps you involved and despite its shortcomings, Bobby is an accomplished movie that evokes some perfect elements of the genre. Based on the tragic ordeal at the Ambassador Hotel, this is a film that will certainly entertain those intrigued in the subject, but you should know as well that the filmmakers did take some creative liberties to make it more appealing to audiences. However the core of the story is good and it is a movie that shouldn't easily be dismissed. Bobby has its flaws, but is a well acted and directed drama that simply is captivating from the first frame on wards.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2012
    Poorly filmed (low budget digital rarely does period dramas any favors visually), cluttered with far too many characters, overbearingly scored and indulgently directed (could we possibly have any more pointless following shots?), this is unfortunately a waste of a stellar cast
    Tedd P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    Amazing movie with an amazing cast and amazing heart. Everybody in this movie gives strong performances, everybody, they were all charismatic, they all had heart and power in their acting, I loved them all. It has funny moments, charming moments, great moments, and yes, very sad moments like the end. Its a very powerful film, the critics are really stupid about this film, this was a really great ensemble drama piece about Robert F. Kennedy. The director did a great job with the movie, so props to him for making such a terrific piece.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    Sentimentalized and overly melodramatic depictions of history hold no interest for me. Estevez does cram every 60s cliche into this, which I suppose is impressive on some strange level of extreme awfulness.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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