Bobby Reviews

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February 3, 2007
January 29, 2007
Quite apart from the fact that it's spectacularly uninventive and uncontroversial, it's just such a luvvie-fest.
January 26, 2007
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
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
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
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
The profound grip of Bobby is that it's about the murder of a dream, an eloquent requiem for what might have been, and a tragic reminder of how much that bullet cost.
January 26, 2007
Presents a blinkered look at the man and what he meant to Americans in the turbulent 60s, but nobody can accuse Estevez of lacking sincerity.
January 25, 2007
A remarkable ensemble in an uneven patchwork of loss, longing and the urgent necessity of a societal rethink.
December 30, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 24, 2006
It's little more than a collection of half-glimpsed lives.
November 24, 2006
A compelling film of tender moral decency that boasts a number of moments not to be shrugged off.
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.
November 23, 2006
Ambitious, uneven and deeply affecting drama.
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