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  • Summary: In an effort to escape her murky past and build a better future, Olive , a nomadic European con-artist, and her 10-year-old American-born son, Bobby, find themselves living in Oklahoma. As her top priority, Olive seeks to give Bobby the things she never had: she enrolls him in school, makes him do his homework and tries her hardest to be a good mother, and with the help of an old friend from Oklahoma, Walt, Olive "provides" for Bobby in the only way she knows how. But despite of her efforts (or perhaps because of them) Bobby displays troubling behavior both at his school and in their conservative neighborhood. Things take a turn for the worse after Bobby's unfortunate "run-in" with the local and wealthy businessman Kent (Bill Pullman), and Olive's criminal past finally catches up with her, forcing her to make the toughest judgment of all. (Monterey Media) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 25, 2012
    Sensitively acted, carefully written and directed with heartfelt compassion, Bringing Up Bobby is an engrossing little independent film made on an austere budget in 22 days.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 26, 2012
    Bringing Up Bobby centers around a mugging performance by Jovovich, who can't ground the film's attempts to tie together sentiments from "Paper Moon" and "Miss Saigon."
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 27, 2012
    Unfortunately, the alternately melodramatic and comic Bringing Up Bobby fails to impress, despite a showy turn by Milla Jovovich in a sharp departure from her usual zombie butt-kicking in the Resident Evil series.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 27, 2012
    Janssen's affectionate, almost-1970s-style view of innocents-at-large may not be polished, but earns points for being from the heart.
  5. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Sep 25, 2012
    The movie permanently downshifts to moralizing melodrama and retrograde Stella Dallas–like maternal sacrifice when Bobby has an accidental run-in with real estate magnate Kent (Bill Pullman).
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 30, 2012
    A technically competent but painfully broad dramedy about a larcenous mother-and-son duo in the Midwest. This gender-flipped, latter-day "Paper Moon" lacks that film's judicious restraint, among other things, alternating hick Americana cartoonishness with maudlin appeals to the tear ducts.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 23, 2012
    Just an extended dramatization of the 1980s anti-drug PSA that memorably cautioned "I learned it by watching you!"

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    All I have to say is Milla Jovovich. She gives an incredible performance which carries the film through the pacing issues. She is an excellent actress and I am proud of her. Oscars here we come Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2012
    What a horrible flick. Milla Jovovich throws in an awful performance, the kid is just utterly annoying. Who cares about any of these characters ?
    I know this is Famke Janssen's first effort, but please...this movie is unbearable.