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January 28, 2005
Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.
January 28, 2005
Sentimental but occasionally moving drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2005
Engaging and transparent at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 28, 2005
For all its atmospherics, this love song never quite sings.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2005
It's remarkable to listen to dialogue that assumes the audience is well-read.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2005
A Love Song for Bobby Long works hard to give quirk a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 27, 2005
Travolta's performance is idiosyncratic but not particularly appealing. He's hampered by an overbearing, sophomoric script and, worse, it's apparent that he doesn't believe in the character, not for one second.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 27, 2005
Bobby Long makes you want to reach for a classic New Orleans cure -- let's say, a Sazerac in a go-cup -- and drink yourself to sweet oblivion.
January 27, 2005
Helmed by first-time feature director-screenwriter Shainee Gabel, the movie dawdles a bit and relies heavily on stereotypical Southern eccentricity. In the long haul, it wins you over -- although it does seem like a long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 27, 2005
An accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 27, 2005
It's a film that feels lived in, confident despite its conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2005
It's a self-conscious Southern Gothic, awash in literate eccentrics with stories to tell and songs to sing.
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 19, 2005
Actors do love their colorful Southerners, don't they? The accents, the sexy sheen of sweat on skin, the permitted enjoyment of booze and cigarettes...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 6, 2005
Cliches keep banging into one another.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2004
Suffers from a galloping case of Southernitis.
December 29, 2004
Over the course of a pressing-it two hours, we learn some deep, dark secrets that aren't that deep if you've seen a lot of movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2004
The acting by Scarlett Johansson is so raw and sincere that the film leaves an impact despite its deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2004
[Has] a cast magnetic enough to make you overlook the movie's hothouse-flower flimsiness as melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2004
Love Song is one of those actor-oriented movies that was probably fun to shoot, but isn't nearly so enjoyable to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2004
In the first feature directed by Shainee Gabel, John Travolta delivers a hammed-up scenery-chewing variation of the brainy good ole boy he played in Primary Colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 29, 2004
Endless and pretentious.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 29, 2004
[Johansson] gives Pursy the combination of hope and determination that makes her journey worthwhile.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2004
If there's something a little bit moldy about the setup, the movie is no less charming or involving for it, and it's no less pleasant to succumb to its wayward allure and wastrel lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2004
Exasperating Southern-lit seminar.
December 23, 2004
Conjuring memories of my own student days in the bayou belt, I recall English professors on Southern campuses who were the spitting image of everything Mr. Travolta says and does in this film.
December 23, 2004
John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson make this tale of misfits thrown together an agreeable enough time-passer despite newcomer Shainee Gabel's flowery dialogue and pedestrian direction.
November 6, 2004
This may not be a big picture, but its pleasures will linger long.