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  • Summary: Four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies, robot toys, android office workers, and digital immortality.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    100
    This is a science fiction film, but like all excellent movies in the genre, the focus never strays from the human heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    83
    The subtext is singular: The presence of potentially dehumanizing technology serves to make the characters seem more human.
  3. Four stories with automatons as important characters...The last is the most touching, but all are skillfully made.
  4. Pak's writing has a simplicity that belies the film's emotional impact.
  5. Each of the stories, impeccably staged and acted, has just the right length, well befitting the slight aspects of their story lines. Never allowing preciousness or ponderousness to infuse the material, filmmaker Pak demonstrates a real talent for concise storytelling marked by poignancy and humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Doug Brunell
    70
    I was hoping to be blown away, but was left feeling much like the iPerson in the "Machine Love" segment -- kind of cold.
  7. Robot Stories isn't any good. I don't say this lightly. There's no pleasure in giving new directors bad reviews and it's especially unpleasant when what's wrong with their work isn't a clumsy performance or two, a sagging second act or a repugnant worldview, but a near-total absence of filmmaking talent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5