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  • Summary: Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey,Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. [Pantelion Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jan 16, 2015
    75
    At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    It is the four young actors who play the students who truly shine, and who elevate the formulaic film above and beyond its familiar proceedings.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 17, 2015
    70
    Even though it’s easy to identify all the recycled elements — bits and pieces of several inspirational-teacher scenarios, ranging from “To Sir, With Love” to “Stand and Deliver” — in this “based on a true story” concoction, there can be no denying the feel-good effect of the finished product.
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 16, 2015
    50
    The issue of so-called “illegals” could not be more timely and, if Spare Parts does anything, it attempts to humanize the situation of those children who cope with this limbo-land existence without having had much choice in the matter.
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Jan 20, 2015
    50
    In its mad hurry, the movie denies itself its own genre pleasures—chiefly, the ways assembling a ragtag robotics team and an equally ragtag robot might add a little bit of Mission: Impossible or MacGyver dynamics into a sports-style narrative.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 19, 2015
    50
    It's easy to be cynical about a movie like this which, despite its factual basis, is more product than story. The pandering is obvious.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 15, 2015
    30
    The movie’s setup has underdog appeal in spades. But it’s all for naught in a screenplay, by Elissa Matsueda (working from Joshua Davis’s 2005 article in Wired magazine), that plays down intellect in favor of corn and cliché.

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