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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 27, 2018
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  • Summary: The four-part miniseries directed by Dawn Porter features interviews as well as rare and never-before-seen footage, as it explores the career of the U.S. senator/U.S. Attorney General/presidential candidate.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: David Canfield
    Apr 23, 2018
    83
    Bobby Kennedy is straightforward but layered, exploring the intersection of political ambition and moral principle with riveting complexity. [27 Apr - 4 May 2018, p.98]
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 25, 2018
    80
    A complicated and frequently insightful look at a man who could have been president and whose assassination was one of the last nails in the coffin of '60s idealism.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 24, 2018
    75
    Bobby Kennedy for President is not a definitive work. Yes, it has been carefully researched and is a very useful and important compilation of materials about who RFK was and what he did. In doing so, it captures the appeal of the man, especially to a generation looking desperately for a leader who would bring the nation peace, within its borders and elsewhere.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 28, 2018
    75
    Though the sheer bulk of it all can make digging through individual episodes a bit dense, the structure is clear enough to keep drawing you in, especially when it hurts.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Apr 27, 2018
    70
    The danger in any documentary about a political figure is that it will glorify him too much, but Porter mostly keeps that impulse in check. While Kennedy is certainly treated with great reverence, his flaws and shortcomings are not ignored. ... As intimate as these moments are, we only get so close to the real Robert Kennedy in the docuseries.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 24, 2018
    63
    Exhaustive, admiring, comprehensive and richly documented, Bobby Kennedy for President nevertheless doesn't feel especially revelatory.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 26, 2018
    60
    Throughout, Bobby Kennedy for President provides information and sometimes fascinating film clips without ever giving us much of a sense of its subject, who remains a Don Draper-like cipher.
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