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  • Summary: Robin Williams stars in this remake of Disney's "The Absent Minded Professor."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: John F. Kelly
    70
    Flubber, the substance, has more personality than many Hollywood actors. And if Flubber, the movie, isn't quite a slam dunk, at least it's a relatively bouncy way to spend an hour and a half.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 40
    The more pathetic the role, the more evident Robin Williams's conscientiousness--but his professionalism doesn't make this fantasy worthwhile.
  6. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    30
    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
    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. Collapse
  2. Jan 12, 2013
    6
    The movie is not so bad .. but we must recognize that it is fun.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    3
    When you stop by and watch movies like "Flubber", I always seem to wonder....WTF?