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  • Summary: Robin Williams stars in this remake of Disney's "The Absent Minded Professor."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Despite a couple of slow stretches along the way, director Mayfield does a generally fine job of integrating the eye-popping special effects with the simple but serviceable plot. The pace is just brisk enough to satisfy youngsters with short attention spans, and Williams is winning enough to keep audiences of all ages involved.
  2. As computer-generated special effects have grown more advanced, they threaten to overwhelm such minor matters as story, character, and emotion. This, however, is not a problem in Flubber (Walt Disney), an agreeably unhinged slapstick jamboree.
  3. Robin Williams is no Fred MacMurray, but he plays the hero with his customary energy.
  4. 40
    The more pathetic the role, the more evident Robin Williams's conscientiousness--but his professionalism doesn't make this fantasy worthwhile.
  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. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    Remember when John Hughes made small, original, oh say, GOOD movies?
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2013
    The movie is not so bad .. but we must recognize that it is fun.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    When you stop by and watch movies like "Flubber", I always seem to wonder....WTF?