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  • Summary: This examination of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy centers around 22 people who were also at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night he was killed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. The film's impact and poignancy are undeniable.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Emilio Estevez's Bobby is a passionate outcry for peace and justice in America that becomes deeply involving by the final climactic scene.
  4. 60
    When you hear his (Robert Kennedy's) patient, meditative speeches, from which every note of demagoguery or pandering has been purged, you glimpse the film Mr. Estevez set out to make -- the one you may wish you were watching.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    Just when you think you've got a handle on the central characters in Bobby, yet more of them appear: The thing is a little like the stateroom scene in "A Night at the Opera."
  7. 25
    One of the year's worst movies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 46
  2. Negative: 13 out of 46
  1. TwylaS.
    Jul 5, 2007
    I am 55 and I still believe in the dream that we can all live together in peace. Emilio Estevez communicated this very well in this picture. "Bobby" speaks well for Bobby Kennedy and pushes home the message of then to the now and does it with compassion. An excellent movie with and excellent case and message! Expand
  2. SusanW.
    Nov 29, 2006
    This movie beautifully portrays the "fabric" of every day people in 1968. I had forgotten how hopeful many of us felt (about the country, etc.) when we realized that Bobby Kennedy might actually make a good president. For me, one of the most powerful movies since "Easy Rider." PS The professional movie critics have often steered me wrong in recent years: eg "The English Patient" and "The Russian Ark." (Two movies they rhapsodized about that I felt were truly boring.) Expand
  3. GavinM.
    Mar 7, 2007
    Excellent and hugely ambitious. It risks a lot and it achieves many moments of greatness.
  4. BCer
    Dec 8, 2006
    I don't know why the critics and many viewers are so down on this film. I thought it was great, albeit a bit slow in a couple of places. But excellent acting, well shot, excellent use of archival footage. Do we need car crashes, murders, rapes and bombs exploding in EVERY movie now? Expand
  5. BillC.
    Nov 28, 2006
    People who hate this movie went to see it expecting I don't know what.It's well done and has a lot of big name actors.It's just a fictionalized story of the day Bobby Kennedy was shot and you know that going in. Relax, enjoy the flashback to 1968.It's well done for what it is.It's no Jurrasic Park or Star Wars...wasn't ment to be Bill C. Expand
  6. DennisP.
    Sep 13, 2007
    The only worthwhile part of "Bobby" was RFK's anti-violence speech at the end. Unfortunately, the previous 2 hours involve pointless scenes of people buying shoes, getting haircuts and taking about baseball. You also get the most ridiculous LSD trip in movie history. The story of Bobby Kennedy deserves a much better film than this. Expand
  7. chris
    Dec 8, 2006
    I really wanted to like this film. I don

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