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Twenty-two people become unwitting participants in a tragic and defining moment of the 1960s in this period drama from actor and director Emilio Estevez. It's early June in 1968, and the California presidential primary elections are occupying the minds of many in the Golden State, with Robert F. Kennedy in a close race against Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. The Kennedy campaign staff has set up camp at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, while the staff and guests become observers as the brother of fallen president John F. Kennedy sets out to pick up where his sibling left off. Paul… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"For all his good intentions, Mr. Estevez has reduced history to a bad melodrama in which nothing much happens until a crazed assassin (of whom we catch only a fleeting prior glimpse) supposedly destroys the last great hope of a liberal renaissance."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Ultimately rises above its inadequacies; it's an earnest tribute to a time gone by, and to a symbol of hope."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"One wishes that Sirhan Sirhan didn't aim for Kennedy and instead set his sights on wiping out the entire lot of time-wasting characters."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A stew"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bobby throbs with tremendous contemporary relevance."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's a tin-eared movie, in many regards, history rewritten by that C-student who tries to jam too many footnotes into every character."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Not every story comes together into a satisfying climax, and it feels like some time has been wasted with some people that could have been better spent with others."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"This movie has everything to do with Estevez's needy ego, and nothing to do with Bobby Kennedy. It is a disgrace."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Emilio Estevez has done a terrific job with Bobby , a film that explores the lives of people who were at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the day that Robert Kennedy won the California primary and was shot to death."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"It's this disconnect between historical reality and dramatic indulgence that keeps an otherwise worthy film from being completely satisfying. There are moments, though, where even the most hardened cynic may have to wipe away tears of regret and loss."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A lot of quick, character-defining cameos, which makes the movie play out like a pilot for a sprawling prime-time television show."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A labor of love from actor/writer/director Emilio Estevez, Bobby is a very well written, deftly directed and incredibly acted ensemble piece."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"a great cast but a little crowded"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Despite problems with its subplots, the larger story of the times and the man are so compelling, and the actors here are so capable, that the movie succeeds."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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