Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. 38
    Writer/producer John "Home Alone" Hughes, the Marquis de Sade of kidcom, and director Les Mayfield manage to squeeze the very bounce out of what should have been a can't-miss update. [26Nov1997 Pg09.D]
  2. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    Remember when John Hughes made small, original, oh say, GOOD movies?
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
  4. Let's blame it on poor Robin Williams, who tries so desperately to be likable, whimsical, lovable, smart and funny all at once that he just wears you out. Blame it also on the behind-the-scenes engineers at Disney who think that effects are more important than story and character.
  5. 25
    Although the movie may appeal to kids in the lower grades, it's pretty slow, flat and dumb.
  6. It's a perfect fit for Williams -- a hunk of slapstick, a dose of schmaltz -- and yet he can't save the film, which is overproduced, mechanical and resoundingly unfunny.
  7. 10
    Like everything else in this needless remake—from a heartless performance by Williams to the patented kiddie-sadism of screenwriter John Hughes—it's sloppily grafted onto a skeletal version of the original, with scenes lifted from the source and reinserted in a manner that doesn't make sense.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    When you stop by and watch movies like "Flubber", I always seem to wonder....WTF?
  2. Jan 22, 2012
    Just a kids flick, filled with both a childish storyline and childish acting. If your a kid, Flubber satisfies. But adults should beware. One of Robin Williams' weaker films. Full Review »
  3. JayH
    May 31, 2009
    Although the film can't compare to the original, it does have its charms. Robin Williams is amusing but animating the flubber and giving it life was a mistake. Good special effects, imaginative. The musical number with Flubber is a complete miss. Full Review »