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
  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. It's a sideways view of a national trauma. The large cast includes standout performances from such unlikelies as Demi Moore, playing an alcoholic crooner, and Estevez himself, as her long-suffering husband. Everyone in this film is powerful.
  3. For all its unevenness, Bobby is a powerful, poignant movie and its ending -- played over a long excerpt of one of RFK's most compassionate speeches, voiced with none of the cliches of political rhetoric -- was, for me, the movie year's single most devastating sequence.
  4. The film's impact and poignancy are undeniable.
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 »