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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 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
  1. CarolynW.
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    Great actors, great script. Speaks to those of us from a "broken" home, and who the hell isn't these days. Quite intellectual and may be hard for some to understand, stick to romantic comedies if you can't respect the feel of this moving film. Expand
  2. RoseN.
    Dec 12, 2009
    10
    Being from the South, the accents are actually pretty close. This film has been in my collection since he came out on DVD. A lost film about real character, not larger than life outrageous story-lines. Scarlett Johannsen and Gabriel Macht give the best performances in the most. Scarlett as a tough yet still young, impressionable teenage girl who is well beyond her years. Macht as a broken hopeless romantic who has some honor and a lot of guilt. The true beauty in this movie was the well-spoken real life conversation and the enchanting music. I give this movie a 10 because I have watched it at least 30 to 40 times and I fall in love with it all over again every time. Low-budget, but brilliant in its simplicity. Collapse
  3. GazboB
    Apr 29, 2006
    10
    I bloody well liked it, John and Scarlett and all the cast played their parts, Elliot Davis did magic with the camera.
  4. LaurenceC.
    Sep 23, 2006
    10
    My wife and I just caught up with it on cable and we loved it. Scarlett was magnicient. Travolta was good and Macht was terrific. Also Debbie Unger.
  5. NickN
    Jul 19, 2008
    10
    Brilliant adaptation of Ronald Everett Capps "Off Magazine Street." This may not be for everyone, but this is one of the films I can't resist each time I see it playing on TV. Expand
  6. WilliamH.
    Jul 11, 2006
    8
    I thought the film was touching with a real sense of family and the slow southern society.
  7. EdwinK.
    Apr 15, 2006
    7
    Nice movie with some great songs. Realistic story, not the larger than life kind we get so often. A pitty there are so many spoiled critics around these days. Usually the viewers are no better, but in this case they are pretty spot on. Expand

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