A Love Song for Bobby Long
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A Love Song for Bobby Long
Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two of her mother's friends: Bobby Long, a former literature professor, and his young protege, Lawson Pines. These broken men, whose lives took a wrong turn years before, have been firmly rooted in the dilapidated house for years, encouraged only by Lawson's faltering ambitions to write a novel about Bobby… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Not for kids, and not worth it for adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Mais um daqueles independentes norte-americanos cuja presunção de soar profundo logo revela sua verdadeira intenção: emocionar através do melodrama."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film shares many qualities with its rambling and at times honestly endearing characters: it's sloppy, decent-hearted and most often embarrassing."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Sentimental but occasionally moving drama."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The film's liabilities outweigh its assets."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Tries the patience of sober viewers, who are likely to envy the onscreen eccentrics their ever-present plastic cups of Abita..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's little more than a collection of cliches about the Deep South, alcoholism and the literary arts."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Engaging and transparent at once."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"A Love Song for Bobby Long's trio of lead performances are surprisingly believable."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"We should take it no more seriously than we would Bobby Long himself. Like the old professor, it talks such amusing nonsense."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Things move at a snail's pace in the humid bayou atmosphere writer-director Shainee Gabel creates, allowing Travolta to chew several yards of Cajun-spiced scenery."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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