Robot and Frank

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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, humanoidSet 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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 23, 2012
    100
    A hard, funny and realistic movie about the future.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 14, 2012
    83
    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
    80
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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
    25
    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: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sep 27, 2015
    10
    A heartwarming movie that features the great Frank Langella in a role that somehow beats his performance in Frost/Nixon, and he's incredibleA heartwarming movie that features the great Frank Langella in a role that somehow beats his performance in Frost/Nixon, and he's incredible in that too. Also, the robot is absolutely adorable. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    9
    What a delightful, surprising and resonant first film about aging, dementia, and the ambivalent prospect of robotic care of the elderly toWhat a delightful, surprising and resonant first film about aging, dementia, and the ambivalent prospect of robotic care of the elderly to have emerged from the collaboration of a youthful screenwriter (Christopher Ford) and director (Jake Schreier). This deceptively modest film is blessed by a tour-de-force performance by the brilliant Frank Langella complemented by a dream team supporting cast and a whimsical mechanical contraption brought to eerie cybourg life by Peter Saarsgard's pitch-perfect robotic voice. With nary a moment of violence or nudity, it manages to be simultaneously amusing, provocative and edifying. A little gem of a timely film appropriate for all ages. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    9
    This is not a robot movie--it is very much about people who love, age, cope. It is beautifully done, light in tone but finally very moving.This is not a robot movie--it is very much about people who love, age, cope. It is beautifully done, light in tone but finally very moving. Ig's a shame that some people are avoiding it because its title suggests a science fiction film to them. Langella is fine in an unusual role for him, and Susan Sarandon has a transcendent moment near the end. Highly recommended. Collapse
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    "Robot & Frank" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: A very different take on science fiction and robotics. An interesting concept in
    "Robot & Frank" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: A very different take on science fiction and robotics. An interesting concept in a very believable future setting. Frank Langella was amazing and I am surprised that neither he or this film garnered more attention. Perfect ending.

    The Bad: Does drag on somewhat in the middle. It felt like the writer and director had a great idea and knew how they wanted to end it, but weren't sure what to do in-between.
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  5. May 2, 2013
    7
    Robot and Frank has a lot of great comedic scenes between Frank and the robot and despite the lack of emotional connection, I would recommendRobot 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
  6. Sep 7, 2012
    3
    This movie didn't seem to know where to go next. It was choppy, muddled, and tiresome. The characters were two-dimensional, the plot wasThis 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. Expand

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