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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's the stunning location photography of camera ace Elliot Davis that provides what the movie itself lacks: authenticity. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    It's engaging and transparent at once. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Bobby Long can enchant you. It's a film that feels lived in, confident despite its conventions. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Rambling, meandering, likable. show more

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