|Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: December 17, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Entertains but never quite engages.
Though Williams gives one of his better performances in recent years -- finding the right combination of humor and restraint for this role -- none of the human characters are fleshed out in any way.
The sad fact is Williams is at his best while trapped in Andrew's original sleek form. His performance is subtle, his reactions restrained. The more Robin is exposed, the more ham is served.
Reinforcing the chasm between movie magic and wishful thinking.
Has heart, but lacks bite.
The once-funny Robin Williams is still stuck in his excruciating touchy-feely mode.
I'll be darned if I can think of a more excruciating, ponderous, remarkably unfunny and inert cinemagoing experience to come down the pike in ages.
This saga of one robot's determined quest to become human is so coldly calculated it could give you frostbite.
You're likelier to shrink in astonished horror from it than laugh.
The tone is cloying, the running time bloated.
Must be among the most blatantly manipulative movies ever made. It's cold, calculated and treats its audience like its robotic central character.
Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
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