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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: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  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. Collapse
  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. Mar 17, 2014
    Great film with a great, touching story. Frank's relationship with the robot was both inspiring and depressing. Frank's relationship with his children seemed inconsistent, at it was never really clear whether or not they even liked each other. It also seemed to base Frank's character too much on old age stereotypes. Aside from the inconsistencies and unoriginal character portrayal, it was still an excellent film. 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. Feb 13, 2013
    A very sweet and simple movie. Id call it a masterpiece if it had a bit more content to it.
  6. Apr 23, 2013
    All the trailers for Robot and Frank displayed the film as a picture about a retired burglar and his return to stealing thanks to the help of his new robot. However the most important part they missed out is the fact that this is a film that is mostly about senility and the things we lose as we get old and in Frank's case its his memories. The film follows Frank (Frank Langella) as he struggles to live alone and take care of himself. To help his son (James Marsden) buys him a helper robot who he decides to re purpose into helping him resume his early career in burglary as a way of proving to himself and those around him he isn't past his prime. In a film that tries so hard to know where it is going its odd to know that much like with Frank, the 3rd act is a blur of incoherent thoughts and ideas that collapse in on themselves due to poor plotting. The film attempts to portray Frank as endearing yet grouchy really just makes him a bit unlikable but Langella manages to inject some of his charm to offset the problem. Liv Tyler while better in this than in most of her work still doesn't quite belong with her character feeling more like a plot point, more like one side of an argument than a real live person. What saves the film from being a mess of good ideas and bad execution is the wonderful relationships such as Frank's interaction with his robot, but most of all in his interaction with his son because that is where most of the films emotion an power comes from and Marsden is more than up to the challenge. Susan Sarandon makes a good foil for Frank but ultimately this is a film about a man losing everything about himself and struggling to come to terms with it while fighting for what little time he has left so it isn't really a film about meeting someone new and settling down, its a film about holding onto the idea of meeting someone new, the idea that Frank's life is still his own and not being consumed by a brain that doesn't work the way it should and because of this it is a heartbreaking emotional picture well worth watching despite its disappointing ending. Expand

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