80

The Hollywood Reporter

Captivating drama delivers literary flair and Louisiana music and great roles for a grizzled John Travolta and lovely Scarlett Johansson.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie tries for tragedy and reaches only pathos, but then Bobby lost his chance to be a tragic hero by living this long in the first place.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The sole asset of "Bobby Long" is Johansson. Blossoming before our very eyes, she gives Pursy the combination of hope and determination that makes her journey worthwhile.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie's real star is the cinematographer, Elliot Davis -- his images carry more emotional freight than all the performances put together.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
It's engaging and transparent at once.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the stunning location photography of camera ace Elliot Davis that provides what the movie itself lacks: authenticity.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even in the junky potboilers that John Travolta has persisted in making since his "Pulp Fiction" comeback (all 5,000 of them), you usually get the sense that he's acting in his bailiwick.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A poky dawdle of a Southern-style indie that would pass without notice but for John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Works hard to give quirk a bad name.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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