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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.
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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
    70
    Emilio Estevez's Bobby is a passionate outcry for peace and justice in America that becomes deeply involving by the final climactic scene.
  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. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. 25
    Estevez means well. But having your heart in the right place is no excuse for insipid ineptitude.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 13 out of 47
  1. TwylaS.
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    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. 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! Collapse
  2. SusanW.
    Nov 29, 2006
    10
    This movie beautifully portrays the "fabric" of every day people in 1968. I had forgotten how hopeful many of us felt (about the country, 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
    9
    Excellent and hugely ambitious. It risks a lot and it achieves many moments of greatness.
  4. BCer
    Dec 8, 2006
    8
    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. 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. ChrisE.
    Dec 25, 2006
    7
    Lindsay Lohan and Ashton Kutcher deliver the performance of their lives in this best picture nominee!
  6. BlancoA.
    Dec 2, 2006
    5
    Sadly, I just found the film boring. I was yawning, shifing in my placing, and just feeling like I might walk out half way through. Which is Sadly, I just found the film boring. I was yawning, shifing in my placing, and just feeling like I might walk out half way through. Which is unfortunate given some GREAT acting performances by, among others, Sharon Stone. Much more could have been done with the source material. Expand
  7. chris
    Dec 8, 2006
    0
    I really wanted to like this film. I don

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