Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. The movie can be funny in fits, but too often the scripters go for the obvious and uninspired.
  2. 100
    Full of wit, charm and wonder. It's so hilarious, you might blow a gasket.
  3. 75
    Isn't as trippy, scary, handmade-looking, or environmentally aware as some of Miyazaki's pictures. But it shares their dreaminess. Even at its most ingenious, not even Pixar does that.
  4. Jim Broadbent is the wild card in the cast; he screeches and growls his way through Madame Gasket's lines in the best traditions of British drag.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshuan Katzmann
    80
    The net effect of which is like a prolonged visit to an amusement park--kids will love it.
  6. 88
    Like "Finding Nemo," this is a movie that is a joy to behold entirely apart from what it is about. It looks happy, and, more to the point, it looks harmonious.
  7. Wildly inventive, sweetly subversive.
  8. The visuals are spectacular at times, but the screenplay is trite, intermittently vulgar, and just not funny.
  9. Robots doesn't rely on being current, which will ultimately render it as timeless as any great fable. At its center is a big, beating heart.
  10. Zippy, enjoyable sci-fi slapstick jamboree.
  11. 50
    On a storytelling level, Robots is in dire need of an upgrade.
  12. The animated tale has flashes of brilliance but seems assembled from cultural flotsam.
  13. Visually, Robots is fun and imaginative. The wow factor is enhanced in the IMAX version, also opening today.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    100
    24-karat stuff, even if it has a soul of tin. With the voices of Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams and Mel Brooks, Robots is a giddy erector-set update of "Toy Story" with a splash of "The Wizard of Oz."
  15. Cluttered as it is colorful, Robots is a visual delight.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    There's too much going on to take it all in. It's a shame, really. Robots boasts some of the most vibrant visual design ever captured on screen.
  17. 75
    Robots is more than a load of spare parts, but there are some sprockets and rivets missing.
  18. Robots never stays in the same gear for long, and the abrupt shifts in tone kill the movie's chances of becoming a classic.
  19. There are a lot of terrific creative energies at play in Robots and they overcome an overreliance on amusement park sensibilities in the animated adventure.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The visuals have so much intrinsic motion that it's too bad Robots is oppressively rollercoasterish.
  21. 70
    The amiable but thin comedy Robots does have a little more going on, but not quite enough to make a difference, although it looks good enough to distract viewers from that fact for a while.
  22. Sure, it's a bit mechanical, but what did you expect? The important thing is that the characters and jokes don't prevent you from grooving on the pleasures of the moving parts.
  23. If sheer cleverness were everything, Robots would be the best computer-animated cartoon yet…Yet, unlike the very best CG animation, Robots doesn't quite connect with the emotions and humor for which one yearns in cartoons.
  24. In the end, though, Robots is hollow and mechanical, an echo chamber of other movies and an awkward attempt to turn the intrinsically scary sensitive-robot theme into something heartwarming and cute.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Robots goes for a color scheme that is cool, muted, instantly aged. Director Chris Wedge wants the eye to concentrate on the gags he and his writers (including veteran comedy craftsmen Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) have stuffed into the film.
  26. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    60
    Though the script is best described as mechanical and it takes a while to get into gear, this computer-generated "reach for the stars" story is a well-calibrated piece of entertainment.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The voice talent behind Robots reads like a who's who of comic actors...But too much reliance is placed on their star power and not enough on an interesting and fresh idea.
  28. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    It's meant as high praise to say that, very early in Robots, the extraordinary starts to seem perfectly ordinary.
  29. 70
    Entertaining enough that it leaves one wishing for more in the way of android mythology—a pint-sized Blade Runner or A.I. The screenplay goes on autopilot, grinding toward a happy ending just when it has a shot at something darker and more memorable.
  30. The video-game sequences are impressive, but you know that a 'toon is in big trouble when its most powerful theme is planned obsolescence.
  31. For audiences simply looking for easy entertainment and some neat-looking robots along the way.
  32. The story fails to really engage on any level save the kinetic.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 124 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 57
  2. Negative: 14 out of 57
  1. Jan 12, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Robots is my best favorite movie I ever watched. It's filled with excitement, spectacular real-life animation, fun, humor, romance, danger, and good music. Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    5
    Parts Of This Movie Are Genuis And Laugh Out Loud Funny... But Some Arent. Somtimes I Fell There IS NO CREATIVITY WHATSOEVER.... Because It'sParts Of This Movie Are Genuis And Laugh Out Loud Funny... But Some Arent. Somtimes I Fell There IS NO CREATIVITY WHATSOEVER.... Because It's "Robots"...
    This Isent A Bad Movie... Im Just Stumped On How To Score It...
    5
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  3. WesE.
    Nov 6, 2005
    4
    It's good at first, but by the midway point of it's slightly overdrawn conclusion, Robots delves into a virtual cornocopia of It's good at first, but by the midway point of it's slightly overdrawn conclusion, Robots delves into a virtual cornocopia of childish stupid. No matter what talent was put into the pleasing visual/aural achievement (it's the best looking animated film to date), it doesn't quite compensate for a story this immature and goody-goody. Full Review »