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In the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, producer/ director/ star Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts is a satire disguised as a documentary. Robbins plays the titular Roberts, a wealthy, well-connected young man running for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania. On the surface, Roberts is an ingratiating glad-hander, a sincere believer in the restoration of such intangibles as national pride, family values, etc. But the longer Roberts is followed about by documentary filmmaker Brian Murray, the more we become aware that the candidate is a textbook case of cynicism and contempt. Only Giancarlo Esposito, a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"A sometimes brilliant if overloaded pseudodocumentary satire."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A very funny, sometimes prescient satire of American politics, and of the comparatively small, voting portion of the electorate that makes a Bob Roberts phenomenon possible."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A political horror story for teens and adults."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Excelente análise sobre o sistema político americano e a forma com que a manipulação da mídia pode criar novos heróis. Atuação brilhante do diretor/roteirista Robbins, que também compôs as músicas de seu personagem."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Tim Robbins' documentary about singing Senate candidate is funny, scary political satire."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"A sort of political This Is Spinal Tap, Bob Roberts is both a stimulating social satire and, for thinking people, a depressing commentary on the devolution of the American political system."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Tim Robbins inaugurates the fall season with a slashingly funny political satire that ranks with the year's best films."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Robbins's satire is savvy and complex enough to send mixed signals to the viewers about politics and pop culture; both Democrats and Republicans may find supporting evidence for their arguments in his picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Admittedly, this is an uneven film, but it has a lot more pluses than minuses."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Snappy political satire about a 1990 Pennsylvania race for the U.S.Senate."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Robbins, who scripted and directed, creates more than enough on his own. Bob's un-hackneyed character is the prime case in point."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Characteristically and welcomingly Tim Robbins"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"This Tim Robbins-helmed political satire about demogougery makes for an appropriate election-season re-release."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Robbins' heavy-handedness still can't derail this memorable jab at far-right demagoguery."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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