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  • Summary: Robin Williams is Patch Adams - a doctor who believes in laughter as medicine and will do just about anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career. (Universal)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. A perfect vehicle for Robin Williams. He again plays the compassionate, manic clown that has been his main character throughout his movie career. And audiences love his wild end runs.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    60
    So the prognosis is generally positive, though there may be a touch too much sugar in this motion picture panacea, which is, in places, shamelessly sentimental to an extraordinarily manipulative degree.
  3. 50
    The kind of film that will work for an audience that's just interested in having an emotional experience (with a happy ending) without caring how obviously or clumsily they are manipulated. I find this sort of sledgehammer film making to be offensive, but there are those who enjoy it.
  4. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    40
    Williams knows when material is working, and he knows the sound of an honestly aroused crowd. This ain't it!
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    30
    Williams isn't really playing Adams: He's once again playing himself, and the act is getting tired.
  6. Patch Adams is a flawed visionary, but surely he deserves better than this crass and manipulative movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Harry
    May 27, 2007
    10
    Nominated for two Golden Globe awards including best Picture (musical or comedy),
  2. BrianG
    Nov 5, 2005
    10
    A very heartwarming movie. Not to mention funny as hell, of course, since Robbin Williams is the main actor. Ignore the ciritics on this one, A very heartwarming movie. Not to mention funny as hell, of course, since Robbin Williams is the main actor. Ignore the ciritics on this one, afterall, it's their job to be critical. Expand
  3. LukeW
    Aug 1, 2009
    9
    VERY underrated excellent movie.
  4. Apr 21, 2014
    2
    Robin William's funny antics and soft-spoken humanity are the only good things about this overly sappy movie. Between the flat characters, theRobin William's funny antics and soft-spoken humanity are the only good things about this overly sappy movie. Between the flat characters, the mustache-twirling villains (the medical establishment, of all things), and the fact that the movie in no way accurately portrays the real life and character of Patch Adams, it's a wreck. Expand
  5. GilbertMulroneycakesFM
    Jan 26, 2006
    1
    No. This is a very well made annoying film. I've often said that movies NEED to be manipulative, but they don't need to kick you in No. This is a very well made annoying film. I've often said that movies NEED to be manipulative, but they don't need to kick you in the crotch to make you cry. I'm really here to defend Robin Williams, who's a damn good actor and turns out a great performance in the irritating central role of a doomed movie. Not enough to save it, because his good performance pushes with the tide instead of against it. You want a good film with Robin Williams in a serious role, rent Good Will Hunting or...there is another one. Awakenings, that's it. Or, at a push, What Dreams May Come, similarly manipulative to this film, but with imagination and life to balance it out. Expand
  6. May 8, 2012
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is absolutely terrible. It has nothing to do with the actual hunter Adams, and it practically refers to him as a criminal at one point. It also says that he worked without a license at one point, which he did not. Plus they made up a child molesting and murder story just for some cheap romantic character, which was actually Adams' friend, who was a man. This movie isn't just terrible, its absolutely disgusting. Everyone who gave this movie a positive review must be getting paid for their scores. Expand
  7. OmarS.
    Sep 4, 2005
    0
    Robin Williams is simply horrific in this leaden dud.

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