Bobby G. Can't Swim
Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)

John-Luke Montias makes a triple-threat debut as writer, director and star of the tense urban drama Bobby G. Can't Swim. Bobby Grace (John-Luke Montias) is a small-time drug dealer who is just trying to keep himself above water, selling… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 6, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Decidedly a minor item that's been on the shelf for a while but is nonetheless an effective calling card for its writer-director- star.

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Megan Turner
New York Post

Montias ... pumps a lot of energy into his nicely nuanced narrative and surrounds himself with a cast of quirky -- but not stereotyped -- street characters.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

It's an awfully derivative story.

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

The movie rarely overcomes its terminal Scorsese- and Ferrara-isms, or fulfills the promise, evident in the film's early passages, that Montias might be a fine observer of local color with his own unique stories to tell.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

Unfortunately, as a writer, Mr. Montias isn't nearly as good to his crew as he is as a director or actor.

James Brundage

A boisterous, exhilarating ride worth paying for.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

An impressive if flawed effort that indicates real talent.

Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

The minor figures surrounding [Bobby] ... form a gritty urban mosaic.

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Todd Deery
Orlando Weekly

The kind of movie that comes along only occasionally, one so unconventional, gutsy and perfectly executed it takes your breath away.

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