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Tommy Lee Jones's searing performance helps to elevate Cobb above your typical sports biopic; he's so effective, in fact, that some may find the film unpleasant. Read critic reviews

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Baseball legend Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones) pressures biographer Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to whitewash the sordid details of his life.

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Critic Reviews for Cobb

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  • Cobb is a refreshingly spiky antidote to all the Hollywood paeans to the glory of the game.

    February 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Most biopics mistakenly try to take us from cradle to grave and end up skimming the surface. The wisdom of Cobb is that writer-director Ron Shelton knows that the close study of a single day can decode a human life.

    May 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the movie just makes Stump look like a self-important jerk, possibly a bigger jerk than Cobb, and Wuhl's affable, weightless performance doesn't help.

    May 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Cobb cuts right through the winner-take-all ethos of American athletics. It's a raw, inspired, audaciously funny, and unexpectedly moving collaboration between the writer-director Ron Shelton and Tommy Lee Jones.

    March 19, 2013
  • Ty Cobb is such a towering figure in this motion picture that it's easy to overlook Al Stump -- and Robert Wuhl's feisty, witty performance in the thankless role.

    March 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [Jones] lets it all loose here. It's the performance of a lifetime: full of menace and venom, eloquence and fire, rot and pathos, crackling rawness and realism.

    March 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cobb

  • Mar 12, 2012
    Tommy Lee was great as Ty Cobb.There were times where I wanted to strangle him, Times where I truly felt sorry for the guy & some times I couldnt help but laugh.Cobb reminded me of those old people who are cranky & sometimes mean but once you get to truly know them, They're alright.Cobb is worth taking a look at but nothing I'd probably watch more then once
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2011
    Okay, so yes I know it doesn't have that many baseball scenes in it and it only details the last days of his life, but Tommy Lee Jone's performance is so great, that I'm surprised he didn't get oscar or golden globe nominations. If you understand who Ty Cobb was, his personality, or the way he acted won't like this film. I you want to know more about Cobb and the way he was than see this film. Also it includes great performances by other actors as old baseball players like Mickey Cochrane, Sam Crawford, and Jimmie Foxx. Robert Wuhl's performance as Al Stump was also great. The baseball scenes that are featured are all great.
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2009
    I thought Shelton hit a Grand Slam at first, only to realize it was in a 45-12 blow out! This movie is okay, yet some will loath it at it's core.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2009
    Haven't seen it in a while, but I remember being quite taken with it.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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