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critic reviews (8)
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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

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

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 25
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Just an extended dramatization of the 1980s anti-drug PSA that memorably cautioned "I learned it by watching you!" show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 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). show more

  • 30
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    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. show more

  • 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." show more

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