(2006)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Why such a structurally scattered movie should hang together at all is a mystery. That it does more than that, that it works brilliantly, is a miracle, or at the very least the product of unquantifiable causes.
75
Though Estevez's achievement doesn't quite live up to his ambitions -- the climax of Altman's "Nashville" (1975) evokes the same brutal loss of innocence to more shattering effect -- it still contains enough powerful moments to balance the weaker sections.
75
Premiere
Alll in all, however, Estevez has pulled together the best political drama, fiction or otherwise, in recent memory.
63
Despite its flaws, its intriguing premise leaves us haunted by thoughts of "What if?"
63
New York Daily News
This is simply too vast a task for a filmmaker as inexperienced as Estevez. Compared with, say, Robert Altman's similar but far more complex "Nashville," Bobby mostly comes off as a Hollywood public service announcement: passionate, righteous and strikingly removed from reality.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Whether or not Bobby Kennedy was the man his supporters believed him to be, the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was silenced when he was gunned down.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Bobby coasts along on a dread, and sorrow, it doesn't earn.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Bobby has its heart in the right place (on its sleeve). But it doesn't have its screenplay anywhere - or at least, anywhere near the heft that its subject demands.
50
The resulting finished project is a series of skits performed by famous people doing favors for a friend, and it works about as well as one might expect from such an endeavor.
40
Wall Street Journal
Tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.
25
Estevez means well. But having your heart in the right place is no excuse for insipid ineptitude.

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