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Short Circuit Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

April 2, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Number Five is the real star of this energetic film. Sheedy, Guttenberg and company are just supporting players.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 2, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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One of the stranger ironies to be found in Hollywood these days is that some of its most resourceful directors use high-tech wizardry and state-of- the-art movie technology to make films that rail against the tyranny of science.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2014
Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine

A film that demands emotional connections with a robot whose voice is one of the most annoying ever produced. Give us Hal, R2-D2 or a barber shop quartet of Daleks any day.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2014
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

John Badham's Pinocchio story is sweet, silly and now charmingly old-fashioned.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 2, 2014


A movie for kids of all ages, with enough pace and effects to amuse the youngsters and humour plus message to engage adults.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 2, 2014

People Magazine

Short Circuit may prove a summer hit for all the wrong reasons: It aspires to be no more than a recycled remembrance of films past.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 2, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The human actors are secondary, for the real star of the show is Number 5. He's really pretty charming, though his unusual antics aren't enough to carry a feature-length motion picture.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2014
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An affable yet forgettable effort...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

The lack of a single malicious bone in this film ensures that its genuinely heartfelt approach never collapses to mere schtick.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B+

June 26, 2011
Variety Staff
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Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy's affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
Christopher Null

Looking back at it today it's clear that Short Circuit is absolutely awful, and not just because of Ally Sheedy's haircut.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2008

Time Out
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A message film to please all ages.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

#5 is alive...and horny

| Original Score: 2/5

October 28, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Stars funny, sympathetic robot.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The movie, which has the clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney comedy, is nicely acted by Miss Sheedy, who demonstrates a light-comedy touch not unlike Amy Irving's [and] Mr. Guttenberg.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Amiable enough, but...

| Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Goofy 80's fun. Wanna-be E.T. actually delivers the goods.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2003
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