• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 16, 2018
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 13, 2018
    100
    Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind captures that special quality that Williams had, the extra quality that went beyond the laughs, that communicated his whole being.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 13, 2018
    100
    Lovely two-hour tribute. [9 - 22 Jul 2018, p.13]
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 16, 2018
    91
    The two-hour documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind captures the magic and the mania that was the iconic comic. Bursting with hilarious clips and bloopers, it’s almost as good as having Williams back.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 14, 2018
    88
    A fine tribute of a film.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    The pleasure of Come Inside My Mind is in the opportunity it offers to spend time with Williams, not just as a performer, but as a spirit whose exuberance was so contagious and so winning that his death in 2014 felt to many like a personal loss.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    Come Inside My Mind brings tears repeatedly, but it also gives Williams life. Those moments on stage (particularly during “Comic Relief,” which showed him at his best) pop.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    A lovingly crafted tribute offering many laughs, a few tears, some intriguing insights and just a constant swarm of warm memories.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    It's an intimate, largely inside look at the actor-comic, a mosaic of clips and commentary from those who knew him pretty to very well. It will reinforce, not remake, his public image as a private sort of public person; a sensitive, sometimes insecure soul strapped to a rocket ship mind, a long-distance sprinter.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    Ms. Zenovich manages seriousness without sentimentality or mawkishness. She doesn’t solve any mysteries, but she leaves you feeling that you know Robin Williams about as well as he’d let you.
  10. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    A documentary that’s sharp-edged, humane, and deeply researched enough to take you closer to the manic engine of Williams’ brilliance and pain than you were before.
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    As a general survey of Williams’s life, as a collection of precious backstage outtakes, and as a nostalgic trip back into his comedy stylings, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind does the trick. It’s a sad, but satisfying, visit with a special man.
  12. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Though many aspects of Williams’ life were sad, for two hours, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind brings him back to life, showcasing the brilliance, impact, and vulnerability that made Williams special, and that make his death still feel like such a loss.
  13. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    It comes with immense relief, therefore, to discover after most of an hour the beginnings of a true biographical portrait, a kind that continues to grow in strength to the end. It’s a success largely abetted by an assortment of commentators, longtime friends of Williams--among them comedians like Billy Crystal, Eric Idle and Steve Martin--who provide telling observations.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Goldberg
    Jul 13, 2018
    75
    What Zenovich is able to show consistently through Come Inside My Mind is that Williams, despite a unique and iconic persona, had a remarkable amount of diversity in his life and career. Where the documentary really shines is in trying to drill down and figure out the creative impulse in Williams.
  15. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 13, 2018
    70
    Viewers will walk away from this film without knowing the answer to Lipton's question--are the mechanics of Williams' intense and unpredictable riffs even knowable?--but they will likely be refreshed by a cleansing exposure to his talent, a film that doesn't shy from the well-known darkness in the star's life but prefers to remind us how funny he could be.
  16. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jul 16, 2018
    67
    You may come away from Come Inside My Mind with a better understanding of who Robin Williams was, but a likelier takeaway is in the reaction of that HBO On Location crowd: the laughs, the sense of awe, the expressions that all but say, “How did he do that?”
  17. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jul 13, 2018
    63
    One is left feeling that this is the generically structured and tamer “approved” version of a much richer story.
  18. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 13, 2018
    63
    While this is the In Memoriam tribute that Williams so richly deserves and fans need, the title is misleading because that mind remains out of reach.
  19. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 13, 2018
    40
    You can feel the absence of things left out or glossed over, a tingle that lets you know you’re being manipulated--and not especially well. The new HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Into My Mind should give viewers a lot of these tingles.

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