Cobb Reviews

February 21, 2018
Cobb is a refreshingly spiky antidote to all the Hollywood paeans to the glory of the game.
May 6, 2014
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
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.
March 19, 2013
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
[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
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.
March 21, 2011
This is a messy movie, sometimes repetitive, sometimes too compressed and allusive. But that's like saying Ty Cobb was not a very good sport -- irrelevant in comparison to the horrific fascination of his story.
August 5, 2008
It's such a potent and courageous wreck of a movie that it's worth more than most 'successes.'
August 5, 2008
It's unclear just how much sympathy we are to extend the unrepentant and bullying title character.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Shelton's film is about the nature of truth and popular myth, about the single-minded pursuit of glory, and the horrors within. It's also very funny.
May 20, 2003
Even allowing for the intentional excesses of such an episode, delicacy is a casualty here.
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.
May 12, 2001
Shelton's strong, stinging film -- one of the year's best -- wants to get at something ingrained in the American character: the irrational desire to make saints of sports heroes.
January 1, 2000
Of all the good and great movies that have slipped through the cracks in recent years, none has been treated as appallingly as Cobb.
January 1, 2000
Jones' on-target portrayal of the dying athlete is mesmerizing.
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of film where you admire the craftsmanship and artistry while questioning the wisdom of the project itself.
December 2, 1994
Cobb turns into a noisy, cantankerous buddy picture.