Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This nose-thumbing mock documentary is so prescient, so astonishingly up-to-the-minute, it creates the eerie effect of having been ripped from tomorrow's headlines.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image.

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Derek Smith
Slant Magazine

Bob Roberts is a shrewdly drawn portrait of the unsettling intersection of entertainment, business, and politics.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A sometimes brilliant if overloaded pseudodocumentary satire.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A political horror story for teens and adults.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Tim Robbins inaugurates the fall season with a slashingly funny political satire that ranks with the year's best films.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I hate these boring political dramas that try to be slightly satirical, as if that's going to entertain people. Politics is so boring, and this movie… More
Alec Barniskis
Gets a bit too peachy at times, but overall the political commentary and satire play well (arguably even more so now than in '92).
Jeffrey Meyers
Bob Roberts is a hilarious political satire mockumentary, relating the events of a fictional senatorial campaign. Despite coming out in 1992, many of the issues… More
Marcus Woolcott
Decent American political satire which sadly lacks teeth.
John Ballantine
Still one of the finest political movies to come out of the U.S. Considering that Robbins has produced some stinkers since then, perhaps he ought to have… More
Christopher Brown
Great songs and a funny and disturbing story. Robbins best attempt at directing, some may complain that it is too politically motivated, but I don't think… More