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  • Summary: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank, a walking, talking, humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 23, 2012
    A hard, funny and realistic movie about the future.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 14, 2012
    Robot and Frank succeeds where "Ted" fails because, unlike McFarlane, Schreier and Ford render the relationship between the human character and the robot in largely credible terms.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 23, 2012
    Everything about Robot & Frank is as unlikely as it is irresistible. Charming, playful and sly, it makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 11, 2012
    Debuting helmer Jake Schreier, screenwriter Christopher D. Ford and a wry and wily Frank Langella all shine in a smart, plausible and resonant film.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Aug 18, 2012
    At heart, Frank & Robot is, true to its title, a buddy movie about the complicated relationship between a thief and his mechanized sidekick (a sleek, white, helmeted creature voiced with unsettling politeness by Peter Sarsgaard). But it's also a rueful and funny reflection on aging, death, parenthood, and technology.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 9, 2012
    An enjoyable diversion, a lightweight bit of philosophizing that blends humor with the bittersweet. It won't likely stick in your memory for too terribly long.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 14, 2012
    Christopher D. Ford's film is nothing more than a Lifetime movie dolled up in cheap Philip K. Dick drag.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    Langella delivers with this top notch performance. The robot serves as a reminder of the human condition and how we all grow old. Everybody needs a friend or companion. The plot is simple but moves carefully to the climax. A fantastic movie that will have you reaching for your phone to call your parents. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2012
    Enjoyable from beginning to end. Great performance from Frank Langella. Finally a good movie without blood, explosions, dead people! If only there were more . . . Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    Frank Langella beams in this role as a retired burglar in the early stages of losing his memory. Robot & Frank touches into the future with the addition of a service robot, which Langella ultimately befriends. A unique sentiment is developed and we swoon. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. We were surprised to find the director of the film addressing our audience last night before it started, which was a treat. He said he wouldn't be able to stay for questions at the end, but that the answers would be Yes, No, and There's A Girl Inside the Robot. I'm actually really glad he told us that in advance because I know that would have bugged me the whole way. Frank Langella is terrific in this role, and his relationship with the robot is touching. Not sappy or over-the-top, but you feel for him. It's set in the future, but other than some video phone calls, it's not distracting. There's also a serious and excellent twist toward the end which sheds some emotional light on the family's struggles with Frank's dementia. Expand
  5. chw
    Jul 19, 2014
    Robot & Frank was an alright movie. It's not what I expected, but it wasn't a complete waste of time watching it. Frank Langella was a great actor, so was Susan Sarandon. But then there was Liv Tyler... Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2013
    A very sweet and simple movie. Id call it a masterpiece if it had a bit more content to it.
  7. Sep 7, 2012
    This movie didn't seem to know where to go next. It was choppy, muddled, and tiresome. The characters were two-dimensional, the plot was tediously predictable, the humor flat. Liv Tyler was hugely irritating as the well-intentioned daughter. I'm amazed this film has garnered so many glowing reviews. Very disappointing. Collapse

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