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Bobby Reviews

February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
December 6, 2006
For all his good intentions, Mr. Estevez has reduced history to a bad melodrama in which nothing much happens until a crazed assassin (of whom we catch only a fleeting prior glimpse) supposedly destroys the last great hope of a liberal renaissance.
November 25, 2006
Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 24, 2006
It's this disconnect between historical reality and dramatic indulgence that keeps an otherwise worthy film from being completely satisfying. There are moments, though, where even the most hardened cynic may have to wipe away tears of regret and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2006
Ultimately rises above its inadequacies; it's an earnest tribute to a time gone by, and to a symbol of hope.
November 24, 2006
It's a tin-eared movie, in many regards, history rewritten by that C-student who tries to jam too many footnotes into every character.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2006
A lot of quick, character-defining cameos, which makes the movie play out like a pilot for a sprawling prime-time television show.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 24, 2006
It's little more than a collection of half-glimpsed lives.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 24, 2006
A compelling film of tender moral decency that boasts a number of moments not to be shrugged off.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2006
So keenly felt and so deeply imagined I couldn't help but be moved, even grateful for its bleeding-heart nostalgia -- which winds up feeling rather up-to-date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2006
Ambitious, uneven and deeply affecting drama.
November 23, 2006
With one film, Estevez has transformed himself from a middle-aged joke into a youthful auteur who has made something beautiful, something he can be proud of, one of the best films of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 23, 2006
With so much brandishing of name actors in small roles, Bobby feels like a '70s disaster flick, with the disaster in the final minutes. While waiting, viewers must content themselves with playing spot-the-star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 23, 2006
Always engaging, rarely revelatory, Bobby earns credit for its convictions and its ability to dramatize those convictions in the context of a man who embodied them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 23, 2006
What little plot Bobby has is overshadowed by the star spotting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2006
An earnest and altogether silly piece of conjectural melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2006
The most interesting person in this maze of a movie is by far the title character. And his absence leaves an inescapable void.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 22, 2006
If Bobby causes us to stop and compare what might have been to the leadership we currently have, one suspects Estevez would not mind at all.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2006
A daring, messy and strangely rewarding patchwork that's straining at the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2006
All the actors get their Big Moments, but verisimilitude goes out the window.
November 21, 2006
There are important movies and engrossing movies, but it's not often that both terms apply to the same movie. Bobby, which opens Thursday, is a fictionalized account of the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it's one of the exceptions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2006
Despite the clunkiness, Estevez's commitment to his father's generation's idealism (and its murder) commands respect.
November 20, 2006
Estevez has made a vague gesture at a large, metaphoric structure without having the dramatic means to achieve it.
November 20, 2006
Bobby does do a solid job of telling one generation what the world was like in the summer of 1968, and reminding another generation of a time when they believed a politician could change the world.
November 17, 2006
Estevez means well. But having your heart in the right place is no excuse for insipid ineptitude.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 17, 2006
[Bobby's] a sketchbook trying to pass as a tapestry.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 17, 2006
Emilio Estevez's Bobby tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.
November 17, 2006
The archival Kennedy clips aside, the excited radiance of these young characters' faces (and many of them are just extras) may be the best thing about Bobby.
November 17, 2006
Despite its flaws, its intriguing premise leaves us haunted by thoughts of 'What if?'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2006
It is a cross-section of America, and of the Screen Actor's Guild.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2006
Bobby, which reportedly is going to receive a huge push for the Oscars, is one of the year's worst movies.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 17, 2006
For all its flaws, Bobby is a heartfelt and undeniably relevant project.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2006
An exercise in historical revisionism for folks who would rather be informed of breaking national crises through news feeds on All My Children.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 16, 2006
Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, Bobby is like an American-history textbook marked with thick yellow highlighter wherever a parallel might be detected between the Vietnam era and the reign of Bush II.
November 16, 2006
It's an ambitious film drenched in sincerity and oozing with nostalgia that, despite the energy provided by its title icon via archival footage, falls flat dramatically in nearly every other way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2006
Estevez probably could have cut the cast in half and come up with a richer, stronger film.
November 16, 2006
Everyone in this film is powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2006
With Bobby, Emilo Estevez tries to link the intimate stories of nearly two dozen characters to a large and consequential public event the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2006
Bobby coasts along on a dread, and sorrow, it doesn't earn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 15, 2006
Every frame is informed and fueled by Mr. Estevez's impassioned mourning for a figure who came close to changing the course of American history. Bobby is exciting, involving and riveting.
November 14, 2006
Estevez means to eulogize the hopes of a nation, showing the night's impact on a group of hotel guests and staff cross-sectioned by age, race, and class. But his movie ends up buried under its stifling good intentions and dire execution.
November 14, 2006
In the movie business, there's no such thing as 'truth in titling.' If there was, Bobby would be called A Bunch of Boring, No-Name, Cookie-Cutter Characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2006
[Estevez's] attempt to shoehorn what he sees as the grand themes of the period into a choppy, unsubtle and insubstantial script is embarrassing.
September 5, 2006
Whether or not Bobby Kennedy was the man his supporters believed him to be, the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was silenced when he was gunned down.
September 5, 2006
A passionate outcry for peace and justice in America that becomes deeply involving by the final climactic scene, overlaid with one of RFK's most stirring speeches.