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Cobb Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 6, 2014
To watch Tommy Lee Jones re-create the persona of the Hall of Famer in Cobb is to encounter the greatest SOB ever to come down the pike -- in or out of the domain of sports. The trek is hardly entertaining.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of film where you admire the craftsmanship and artistry while questioning the wisdom of the project itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Leonard Klady
August 5, 2008
It's unclear just how much sympathy we are to extend the unrepentant and bullying title character.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 11, 2003
Despite Jones' performance, it's a disappointing biopic
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 6, 2014
While the story of Cobb himself is a worthy one (Shelton's treatment, believe it or not, even has its similarities to Orson Welles' Citizen Kane), Shelton shortchanges the very game that made the man famous.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2013
Cobb's accomplishments on the ball field would make for an absorbing documentary, but it's the passions and pitfalls of his private life that dominate Ron Shelton's melodramatic film.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's not enough, and you end up feeling -- despite Jones' dead-on performance -- like you've been cheated. It looks good. It feels right. It gets the job done.... But there's nothing there. Just like Cobb. Maybe that's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
This histrionic portrait of the most celebrated cur in sports history comes across like a fly ball that thuds on the ground.
| Original Score: 1/4
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This movie is two hours of Jones acting badly and Wuhl looking drawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Even allowing for the intentional excesses of such an episode, delicacy is a casualty here.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 18, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 1994
Cobb turns into a noisy, cantankerous buddy picture.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2013
The result, whether Cobb is wailing about greatness or ruminating about the dark circumstances around his father's death, is a performance too operatic and out of control.

TV Guide
August 5, 2008
Tommy Lee Jones is superb in the title role, but writer-director Ron Shelton unwisely chose to structure the film as a two-character piece, thus placing undue attention on the lackluster character of Cobb's biographer, Al Stump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
A curiously gripping amalgam of Patton, Citizen Kane and Melvin and Howard.
Mike Barkacs
July 5, 2005
If you're looking for a sugary-sweet baseball hero story, this ain't it; but it is an entertaining story about a great ex-player who could make Albert Belle look like Mother Theresa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Jones' on-target portrayal of the dying athlete is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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