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Bobby Kennedy for President

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Honest, revealing docu shows many sides of political legend.

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Eye-opening, honest, and human, this documentary is an informative and ultimately incredibly emotional look at the public life and death of Robert Kennedy. Bobby Kennedy for President doesn't paint him as a saint: It confronts how his early involvement with Joseph McCarthy and his advocating the wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr. would cast a long shadow of distrust over the course of his career, especially among people of color. The filmmakers use present-day interviews with people who worked with Kennedy to drive the narrative and then deploy archival footage to show Kennedy in action. This combination of documentary tactics helps the series ground the subject and keep it from becoming a fawning portrait of an idealized character. We're not just hearing myths about a great man, we're hearing the stories and then seeing him living them out, with the reality often outshining the legend.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 27, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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