Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
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  1. Though Mr. Williams sometimes seems on the verge of "Aladdin"-caliber improvisation with the ever-morphing green flubber, the film bogs him down with a fiancee (Marcia Gay Harden) hellbent on making him remember a wedding date, and with the full Hughes retinue of thugs and bullies.
  2. Robin Williams is no Fred MacMurray, but he plays the hero with his customary energy.
  3. Director Les Mayfield ("Miracle on 34th Street") has his moments, of course, but what ultimately was needed in the case of Flubber was a movie with more bounce and less talk.
  4. Children may get a kick out of Flubber's lowest-common-denominator antics. They may not recognize that Williams' prodigious talent has been reduced to something sub-blobular. [26Nov1997 Pg 38]
  5. 40
    With the exception of the handful of scenes in which the Flubber does its stuff, however, the youngsters will no doubt be bored by it all.
  6. 40
    The more pathetic the role, the more evident Robin Williams's conscientiousness--but his professionalism doesn't make this fantasy worthwhile.
  7. 40
    Williams is so unique that his presence automatically changes any project he stars in. Surprisingly, in this case, the change isn't particularly welcome.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Too bad the film isn't nearly as elastic as the miraculous green goo: It can barely contain all the flubber-induced chaos and still make sense, but the filmmakers don't quit till they've run out of funny things for flubber to do.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    3
    When you stop by and watch movies like "Flubber", I always seem to wonder....WTF?
  2. Jan 22, 2012
    4
    Just a kids flick, filled with both a childish storyline and childish acting. If your a kid, Flubber satisfies. But adults should beware. OneJust 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
    6
    Although the film can't compare to the original, it does have its charms. Robin Williams is amusing but animating the flubber and giving 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 »