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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    80
    Captivating drama delivers literary flair and Louisiana music and great roles for a grizzled John Travolta and lovely Scarlett Johansson.
  2. 75
    The acting by Scarlett Johansson is so raw and sincere that the film leaves an impact despite its deficiencies.
  3. 75
    The movie tries for tragedy and reaches only pathos, but then Bobby lost his chance to be a tragic hero by living this long in the first place.
  4. The movie's real star is the cinematographer, Elliot Davis -- his images carry more emotional freight than all the performances put together.
  5. It's engaging and transparent at once.
  6. 50
    This smooth concoction goes down with a pleasant tingle and leaves behind a warm glow.
  7. 10
    No movie that opens with the line "Time was never a friend to Bobby Long" could possibly be any good, and sure enough, A Love Song For Bobby Long lives down to its squibbed kickoff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12