Bringing Up Bobby
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In an effort to escape her murky past and build a better future, Olive (Milla Jovovich), a nomadic European con-artist, and her 10-year-old American-born son, Bobby(Spencer List), 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 (Rory Cochrane), Olive "provides" for Bobby in the only way she knows how. But despite of her efforts (or perhaps because of them) Bobby displays… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"[Its] downfall was ensured by a leading lady who will always be more credible chasing zombies than the American dream."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Bringing Up Bobby is strongly recommended for both young teens and adults. It is a film that will help all of us survive and move on, in the beautiful yet uncomfortable world of our own making."
‑ Amy R. Handler, Film Threat
"Stumbles through scenes without a consistent tone, hoping to shape something meaningful out of its display of misguided parenting. Janssen just doesn't have the vision to achieve it."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Actress Famke Janssen wrote and directed this half-spiky, A-for-effort dramedy about a grifter mom struggling to raise her preteen son on the road."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"'"Bringing Up Bobby" is hardly an auspicious debut for Janssen as a director, but, at the same time, there's enough there to suggest that a next attempt would be worthy of investigation..."
‑ James Rocchi, MSN Movies
"Famke Janssen only rarely finds her way to the lowdown and lowlife world of the characters, and never and brings "Bobby" up to the level of pathos of "A Mother's Sacrifice" that she was aiming for in the first place."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Just an extended dramatization of the 1980s anti-drug PSA that memorably cautioned "I learned it by watching you!""
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Milla Jovovich delivers an over-the-top peformance in this melodramatic tale of an immigrant con artist and her juvenile delinquent son."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Ms. Jovovich displays such a keen awareness of her strengths that she brings out magical elements I never believed possible."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"... a mess filled with condescending stereotypes, unlikeable characters, earnest melodrama and references to old movies that are better."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
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