Bobby (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately rises above its inadequacies; it's an earnest tribute to a time gone by, and to a symbol of hope.

Michael Dequina

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A lot of quick, character-defining cameos, which makes the movie play out like a pilot for a sprawling prime-time television show.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A labor of love from actor/writer/director Emilio Estevez, Bobby is a very well written, deftly directed and incredibly acted ensemble piece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Bobby is an n underrated drama that deserves much more praise. Surrounding the events of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the film follows several… More
Jens S.
A cast to dream of gets together to relive the events of the last day in Robert Kennedy's life in the Ambassador hotel in Chicago in June 1968. No less… More
Candy Rose
Excellent cast. Interesting compilation of characters' lives and witnesses on the day that Bobby was assassinated.
familiar stranger
While ignorance turned out to be a bliss for me in Hollywoodland's case, here it played a negative role. Though the movie is not out and out… More
Kevin M. Williams
Emilio Estevez wrote and directed this interesting take on the day in the life of the famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles ... only the day in question is… More
Conner Rainwater
I loved this, a perfect ensemble. It's one of the most interesting ways to approach Bobby Kennedy's death. Instead of making it about him, it is about… More

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