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Bob Roberts (1992)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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In the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, producer/ director/ star Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts is a satire disguised as a documentary. Robbins plays the titular Roberts, a wealthy, well-connected young man running for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania. On the surface, Roberts is an ingratiating glad-hander, a sincere believer in the restoration of such intangibles as national pride, family values, etc. But the longer Roberts is followed about by documentary filmmaker Brian Murray, the more we become

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Tim Robbins

Oct 17, 2000

Paramount

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (0) | DVD (10)

A sometimes brilliant if overloaded pseudodocumentary satire.

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A sort of political This Is Spinal Tap, Bob Roberts is both a stimulating social satire and, for thinking people, a depressing commentary on the devolution of the American political system.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A very funny, sometimes prescient satire of American politics, and of the comparatively small, voting portion of the electorate that makes a Bob Roberts phenomenon possible.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Tim Robbins inaugurates the fall season with a slashingly funny political satire that ranks with the year's best films.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Robbins, who scripted and directed, creates more than enough on his own. Bob's un-hackneyed character is the prime case in point.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A political horror story for teens and adults.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Robbins's satire is savvy and complex enough to send mixed signals to the viewers about politics and pop culture; both Democrats and Republicans may find supporting evidence for their arguments in his picture.

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Characteristically and welcomingly Tim Robbins

January 24, 2006
Moviehole

Excelente análise sobre o sistema político americano e a forma com que a manipulação da mídia pode criar novos heróis. Atuação brilhante do diretor/roteirista Robbins, que também compôs as músicas de seu personagem.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Admittedly, this is an uneven film, but it has a lot more pluses than minuses.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

This Tim Robbins-helmed political satire about demogougery makes for an appropriate election-season re-release.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Tim Robbins' documentary about singing Senate candidate is funny, scary political satire.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Snappy political satire about a 1990 Pennsylvania race for the U.S.Senate.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Robbins' heavy-handedness still can't derail this memorable jab at far-right demagoguery.

August 9, 2002 | Comment (1)
Flipside Movie Emporium

a mostly on-target satire, with a great soundtrack

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of the finest political satires you're ever likely to see.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A timely political satire with real impudence.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

A political comedy that puts the tools of populist left wing politics into the hands of an arch-conservative and uses them to hit a bull's-eye.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

An over-strung last act aside, this is funny, brilliant and sickening all at the same time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bob Roberts

I hate these boring political dramas that try to be slightly satirical, as if that's going to entertain people. Politics is so boring, and this movie doesn't do anything (except maybe adding Rickman as eye candy) to make the audience interested in it. It's not one of the worst movies out there, but I really didn't care for it.
May 18, 2011
ajv2688

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Bob Roberts is a hilarious political satire mockumentary, relating the events of a fictional senatorial campaign. Despite coming out in 1992, many of the issues it brings up are surprisingly timely (occurring in the midst of the Gulf War), it has a lot of interesting (if not unfamiliar) things to say on our political system. The film's politics are driven by liberal-cliches, but it's done in a smart way that mocks the overall system rather than one party, and does so with some poignant thoughts from the great Gore Vidal (who also stars in the film). By far the best things about the film is the unbelievable cast filled with cameos from the top actors of the 90s (James Spader, John Cusack, etc), but also a number of laugh out loud lines such as:
"Don't smoke crack. It's a ghetto drug."

"I could use a strong finisher myself sometimes "
January 18, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Still one of the finest political movies to come out of the U.S. Considering that Robbins has produced some stinkers since then, perhaps he ought to have stopped with the genre at this film.
September 20, 2007
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Decent American political satire which sadly lacks teeth.
February 14, 2013
Lemure

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