Bobby

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Despite the clunkiness, Estevez's commitment to his father's generation’s idealism (and its murder) commands respect.
  4. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    A remarkable ensemble in an uneven patchwork of loss, longing and the urgent necessity of a societal rethink.
  5. Bobby coasts along on a dread, and sorrow, it doesn't earn.
  6. 58
    For all its flaws, though, Bobby is still moving. Not so much with its indifferent characters, but rather with the overall mood of a common hope crushed into shapeless grief. That painful historical moment is worth revisiting, as is the image of the man whose death occasioned it.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    The film has virtually nothing to say about the man, or about much of anything, really. It's a sketchbook trying to pass as a tapestry.
  9. 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."
  10. 50
    Estevez has made a vague gesture at a large, metaphoric structure without having the dramatic means to achieve it. His choreography of the panic and misery in the hotel after the shooting is impressive, and some of the actors do fine in their brief roles. But his script never rises above earnest banality, and we are constantly being taught little lessons in tolerance and humanity:
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    You don't have to have lived through the period to find this wrenching. And you don't have to doubt Estevez's sincerity to find it emotionally opportunistic.
  12. 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.
  13. Fascinating, even when it's fascinatingly bad.
  14. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    40
    Bobby can be seen clearly for what it is--an "Airport" movie with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as the central calamity and an all-star cast deployed like multiple George Kennedys.
  15. 40
    The only character who emerges as more than an ideological mouthpiece, and nearly saves the movie, is the Ambassador's resident hairstylist, who masks her faded beauty with a thick coat of eye shadow and an overteased hairdo. I kept wondering who this deeply sad, earthy actress was, making so much out of so little, until I realized it was Sharon Stone in the most naked performance she's ever given without taking her clothes off.
  16. 40
    It's an ambitious film drenched in sincerity and oozing with nostalgia that, despite the energy provided by its title icon via archival footage, falls flat dramatically in nearly every other way.
  17. Tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 13 out of 47
  1. Aug 24, 2014
    7
    One of the most underrated films as of late, Emilio Estevez compiles a story told not by Robert Kennedy himself but rather an ensemble ofOne of the most underrated films as of late, Emilio Estevez compiles a story told not by Robert Kennedy himself but rather an ensemble of complex and entertaining characters linked to the tragic event in 1968. Bobby is a unique presentation and incredibly poignant. Critics, reconsider! Full Review »
  2. Aug 14, 2010
    6
    Historically magnificent and effectively poignant, Bobby recounts the assassination of Robert Kennedy. This film is driven solely by its bandHistorically magnificent and effectively poignant, Bobby recounts the assassination of Robert Kennedy. This film is driven solely by its band of complex characters. Most of them are likable and their development throughout the film is entertaining. Naturally, the actors who play them deserve a mention, too. The well-known ensemble, although frightfully overcrowded at first, break into their characters so well and succeeded in making Bobby feel natural. The only drawback I have is the snail-paced plot. That aside, well done, Estevez. Full Review »
  3. CS.
    Dec 4, 2007
    7
    Decent film - some stories are less engaging than others - but all in all I enjoyed it. Great acting for the most part. And ignore the person Decent film - some stories are less engaging than others - but all in all I enjoyed it. Great acting for the most part. And ignore the person below..the tripping scene was pretty realistic - always hard to portray the acid experience but not a bad attempt at all - and a very funny scene Full Review »