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Jack (1996)

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17

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3/5
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In this film by director Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams stars as Jack, a boy who is growing normally, but at many times the normal rate. In a bizarre flashback, we see that he was born when his mother was only ten weeks pregnant. Kept out of school for years, the neighborhood children consider him a freak, and generally avoid him. He is finally required to go to public school, and we catch up to him as he enters the fourth grade for the first time, a 10-year-old boy who appears to be a

PG-13,

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Aug 3, 2004

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (25) | DVD (2)

Barf.

February 20, 2007 | Comments (2)
ColeSmithey.com

Williams at his versatile best

July 8, 2005
Moviehole

Robin Williams is a big kid. Wow, what a stretch.

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

High ickiness quotient in this weird dramedy

November 3, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Coppola, of course, was abducted by aliens and replaced with a pod person in the middle of filming Godfather III.

July 5, 2004 | Comment (1)

It seems unlikely that a Francis Ford Coppola movie starring the outrageous, hyperkinetic Robin Williams could be bland, but Jack is.

June 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Beyond underwhelming.

May 26, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Terrible comedy. Depressing (he's basically going to die by 20) and the jokes are obvious. Williams is great and understated, but wasted in this script.

July 14, 2003 | Comments (3)
About.com

Coppola was obviously having an off day with this manipulative and meaningless dribble of a dramedy. Robin Williams should consider omitting Jack from his film resume'.

May 27, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Celebrates the unique qualities which make special people shooting stars.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Jack

Jack is one of Francis Ford Coppola's most mediocre outings as a director. The film had plenty of good potential of being a great film, but it falls flat and just ends up being mediocre. I thought the film started off well, but it just fell apart as the story progressed. The film could have been very good, but there's something missing to really make this standout. I felt that Robin Williams wasn't that great here, and he has made much better. Considering that such a great director as Francis Ford Coppola directed this, you'd expect a great film. But unfortunately this is among his worst films. Considering that he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, it's hard to imagine that Jack is a dud, but it is. Towards the ending, you simply can't wait for the film to end, and it just isn't memorable enough like so many other films. This film simply didn't deliver anything great; in the end it was boring, poorly crafted and overall mediocre. I didn't like this film, and I felt that due to its idea, it could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. Jack is not a film worth seeing, and like I've said, Coppola has done far better than this. This is not a film worth remembering and I think this on its own is a film that is underdeveloped and poorly constructed for dramedy. The film lacks anything great and it lacks any real moments where you end up caring for the characters. I just feel that this tried too hard delivering something sentimental, and ultimately failed.
June 13, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Not the worst movie that I ever see, but the worst movie that Coppola could direct. Jack is the real end of the great filmmaker that made The Godfather. Rotten.
February 10, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This movie has such a strange, unreal, outrageous premise, I can't decide whether it's horrible or incredibly interesting. Overall, it's just okay, I guess. Sort of another excuse for a grown man to act like a kid, I guess, and Williams knows how to do that.
July 8, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Jack Powell: I don't have very much time these days so I'll make it quick. Like my life. You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our life, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times, and we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry , thinking, "What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?" But I say to you, "Hey, look at me!" Please, don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day... make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.
    – Submitted by John P (29 days ago)
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