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  • Summary: In the year 2035, robots are an everyday household item, and everyone trusts them, except one, slightly paranoid detective (Smith) investigating what he alone believes is a crime perpetrated by a robot. The case leads him to discover a far more frightening threat to the human race. (20thIn the year 2035, robots are an everyday household item, and everyone trusts them, except one, slightly paranoid detective (Smith) investigating what he alone believes is a crime perpetrated by a robot. The case leads him to discover a far more frightening threat to the human race. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Fabulous mental escape. It's fun and playful, rather than dark and foreboding. And there doesn't seem to be an original cyber-bone in the movie's body. But it's put together in a fabulous package.
  2. Once this movie gets going, it works, and it works well. It has a slow buildup, but its final third manages to generate some eye-popping thrills.
  3. For its first two acts this flashy vehicle is an anodized titanium streamline baby. Then comes a robot rumble that brings the action to a crashing halt.
  4. 60
    A cluttered, awkward blockbuster that's just smart enough to get itself into trouble.
  5. Lacks both the intellectual rigor and the soulful sublimity of "A.I.," but it nonetheless allows some genuine ideas and emotions to pop up amid the noise and clutter.
  6. Impressive for Patrick Tatopoulos's production design but depressive for the juiceless story.
  7. If you see it, the sequel will be your fault.

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  1. Negative: 25 out of 147
  1. kitty
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    I wanted to see this movie since the moment I saw the preview, but I never did because my mom saw it and never took me! So I finally managed I wanted to see this movie since the moment I saw the preview, but I never did because my mom saw it and never took me! So I finally managed to see it earlier this week and I loved it! Expand
  2. cadeb.
    Dec 21, 2005
    10
    It was a awsome movie.
  3. JohnC.
    Jul 15, 2007
    9
    It's interesting when the users and the critics diverge on a movie. You can't blame people for going to see the film that the It's interesting when the users and the critics diverge on a movie. You can't blame people for going to see the film that the studio was pitching in the trailer, finding a different movie, and being disappointed. This isn't an action thriller, but a character study. Also, it didn't have the infinite budget of a Lucas or Spielberg film, and I'll bet it didn't look as good on the big screen as it does on DVD. Lots of fun references to every robot movie in the past. Lots of fun detail of it's future non-dystopic (for a change) world. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2011
    8
    Entertaining and escapist. Will Smith does not disappoint. Watching it again after many years, I am surprised to see how the cinematographyEntertaining and escapist. Will Smith does not disappoint. Watching it again after many years, I am surprised to see how the cinematography stood the test of time. What's even more surprising are the technology advances which has happened since. Most amazingly, the Audi R8, now available commercially. Always a Will Smith running scene, well worth watching. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    I expected nothing more than mindless two hours of action and a decent plot when I first saw this movie, but I was positively surprised.I expected nothing more than mindless two hours of action and a decent plot when I first saw this movie, but I was positively surprised.

    Will Smith makes a fine appearance and the plot is breathtaking with twists that actually make sense but still come from behind the corner.

    The action is beautifully and solidly created - and shown in the usual explosive manner.

    The movie also raises a lot of questions and doubts about our lifestyle to try and make things as easy as possible for ourselves. If you had a robot that could do all the daily chores for you, why not get one? And the furhter we push that artificial intelligence, the bigger is the problem once the **** hits the fan.
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  6. Quiet
    Jul 18, 2004
    7
    Although some complain because it doesn't match the early I, Robot treatment of the 3 laws, it does match the later Azimov philosophy on Although some complain because it doesn't match the early I, Robot treatment of the 3 laws, it does match the later Azimov philosophy on the 3 laws. It wasn't a Will Smith runaway (as I expected), had reasonable effects. There are flaws to the story, but for a public movie, I thought it worked. Expand
  7. LomaxH.
    Jul 28, 2006
    0
    [***SPOILERS***] Let me get this straight: The protagonist of the moive is distrustful of robots and thinks there is a massive robot [***SPOILERS***] Let me get this straight: The protagonist of the moive is distrustful of robots and thinks there is a massive robot conspiracy because a robot saved his life? What was the point of this movie again? Oh yeah, to generate more income for Will Smith. Pathetic. It is amazing that studios will spend millions on special effects and "star power" then skimp when it comes to putting together a cogent story. Is it too much to ask to get a movie that makes sense at any point or have actions movies degenerated to the point that all the audience can hope for are lame one liners, bullets, and green screens? That was a rhetorical question, I know what the answer is. Expand

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