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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: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  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 . . . Collapse
  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. May 2, 2013
    Robot and Frank has a lot of great comedic scenes between Frank and the robot and despite the lack of emotional connection, I would recommend seeing this film for those scenes. Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2013
    Another one that Slant gets wrong. This is a small film, and it makes no claims to being anything other than that. As such, we're free to watch a master actor, Langella, at work. (Needless to say, the good folks over at Slant don't have much patience with films that don't go Pow and Zap). Expand

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