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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bobby coasts along on a dread, and sorrow, it doesn't earn.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Whether or not Bobby Kennedy was the man his supporters believed him to be, the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was silenced when he was gunned down.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite its flaws, its intriguing premise leaves us haunted by thoughts of "What if?"

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Moving ensemble drama, but not an RFK biopic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this drama might spark some good conversations with older kids, it's probably not all that likely to interest them. A nostalgic recollection of 1968, its ensemble cast and "social problems" theme have earned it comparisons to Crash. It culminates in a distressing reenactment of Robert Kennedy's assassination, incorporating archival footage as well as graphic images of other shooting victims and the chaos caused by the event. A brief sex scene alludes to an adulterous affair; a second sex scene represents young, idealistic romance. Frequent smoking and drinking throughout the film, plus drug use (one character appears naked during an LSD trip). Language includes several uses of "f--k," plus the "N" word and discussion of racism against black and Latino communities.

  • Families can talk about the film's premise -- that Bobby Kennedy represented a (lost) hope for change in the United States in 1968. Why did people think he was the answer to so many problems (such as Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement)? Is it fair to pin those kinds of expectations on any one person, even a possible president? How does the movie use archival TV images of RFK to draw parallels between his promises and the characters' activities? How does the inclusion of actual footage impact the viewer? What particular issues divide the characters, and how do they come together?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: RFK is remembered as a moral beacon; fictionalized characters deal drugs, commit adultery, argue over race/class inequities, racism, and politics; references to political "dirty tricks" an assassin shoots and kills RFK.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Bobby Kennedy's assassination is re-enacted, with bloody results; other characters are also shot and collapse, gasping and bleed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: An adulterous liaison in a hotel room (embracing and kissing, then the door shuts); post-sex scene shows a man apologetic (presumably for his "performance") and a woman upset; brief, romantic sex scene between a young couple; characters (male and female) appear in their underwear; a young man appears naked during LSD trip (bottom visible).

  • language false5

    Language: Several uses of "f--k" (15+), plus the n-word and other language ("s--t," "hell," "son of a bitch," "damn," "ass," "Steppin Fetchit motherf--er").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of cigarette smoking and liquor drinking (several characters are drunk), also drug use (marijuana and LSD, which results in a "trip" represented in comic images of driving, flying, laughing).