A Love Song for Bobby Long
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A Love Song for Bobby Long
Bobby Long (John Travolta) is a washed up former literature professor with a voracious drinking habit. He lives in a rundown house in New Orleans with Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht of The Recruit), his former star pupil, also an alcoholic. Lawson is allegedly writing a novel about Bobby. Their depressive little corner of the world is disrupted when Lorraine, the beloved eccentric singer who owns their house, dies. Her teenage daughter, Pursy (Scarlett Johansson), who hasn't seen her mother in years, arrives in town too late for the funeral, and crashes at the house. Afraid of being thrown… 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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