• Released
  • September 28, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 33 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Psychological Drama
75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Sensitively acted, carefully written and directed with heartfelt compassion, Bringing Up Bobby is an engrossing little independent film made on an austere budget in 22 days.
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42

The A.V. Club

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."
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Unfortunately, the alternately melodramatic and comic Bringing Up Bobby fails to impress, despite a showy turn by Milla Jovovich in a sharp departure from her usual zombie butt-kicking in the Resident Evil series.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Janssen's affectionate, almost-1970s-style view of innocents-at-large may not be polished, but earns points for being from the heart.
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40

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Despite Ms. Janssen's fine taste in music - it's lovely to hear Jorma Kaukonen's "Genesis" on the soundtrack - her film's downfall was ensured by a leading lady who will always be more credible chasing zombies than the American dream.
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30

Village Voice

The movie permanently downshifts to moralizing melodrama and retrograde Stella Dallas–like maternal sacrifice when Bobby has an accidental run-in with real estate magnate Kent (Bill Pullman).
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30

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
A technically competent but painfully broad dramedy about a larcenous mother-and-son duo in the Midwest. This gender-flipped, latter-day "Paper Moon" lacks that film's judicious restraint, among other things, alternating hick Americana cartoonishness with maudlin appeals to the tear ducts.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
Just an extended dramatization of the 1980s anti-drug PSA that memorably cautioned "I learned it by watching you!"
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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