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Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man (1999)

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37

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 60

Bicentennial Man is ruined by a bad script and ends up being dull and mawkish.

22

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 18

Bicentennial Man is ruined by a bad script and ends up being dull and mawkish.

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If a robot spends enough time around humans, can he learn to become one of them? The Martin family purchases a domestic android as a servant and names him Andrew (Robin Williams). Andrew comes to know the man of the house as Sir (Sam Neill), his wife as Ma'am Wendy Crewson, and their daughter as Portia (Embeth Davidtz); before long, the Martins suspect that they do not have an ordinary robot on their hands. Andrew seems capable of expressing emotion and generating original thoughts, and the

PG,

Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Nicholas Kazan

Jan 15, 2002

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Columbus lays on the sentimentality thickly, sometimes letting it get in the way of the storytelling. The longer the movie continues, the more overt he becomes in his emotional pandering.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's one thing to ask an audience to love a mechanical man, but quite another to love a mechanical performance.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Bicentennial Man has heart, but lacks bite.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This tin man has a heart, but his movie needs a pulse.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A cornball drone of greeting-card sentiment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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An ambitious tale handled in a dawdling, sentimental way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

...aspires to an almost adult level of seriousness.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Bicentennial Man is sometimes sweet, but it's also a phenomenal waste of talent, and a continuation of a Williams' trip down the wrong road.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film swiftly settles into an unevenly paced, episodic structure, unsure whether it's a family saga, a sci-fi drama or a children's comedy.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Virtually every emotion, motivation, idea, character and plot point in the movie is flat and perfunctory -- except for those that carry the invisible subtitle, 'Cry, dammit!'

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

You long for [Williams] to break the metal mold, if only for a minute, to remind you that you are watching the best improvisational comedian of this millennium.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Becomes a somber, sentimental and rather profound romantic fantasy that is more true to the spirit of the Golden Age of science-fiction writing than possibly any other movie of the '90s.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Comments (2)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Best left on the shelf to collect dust.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A shiny houehold robot becomes an exemplar of the spiritual practice of kindness in this film that must be taken to heart.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The worst kind of movie -- one with no direction, no identity, and above all no heart.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC | Comment (1)
BBC

Robin Williams cae en el tipo de personaje que ha venido interpretando hasta el cansancio: el del hombre bueno que es todo emociones y que es capaz de llorar amargamente

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

...nothing but a sappy, shameless, and morbid production that wastes talent and time in a script designed to line the bottom of a bird cage.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Columbus ... has a suffocating sense of family values in which all problems are plot-deep and there is no familial crisis ... that can't be fixed with a Motown sing-along.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Bicentennial Man

Top dollar went into this sci-fi rendition of an Asimov/Silverberg update/spin of a familiar old childrens tale of a robot that only wants a brain, a heart, the nerve, to be human. Williams' presence adds some borscht belt hamming at times, and the director, Chris Columbus, cannot help but to go for the emotionally overwrought sometimes, but for family viewing ... ahhh, why be so picky alla time? It's okay. Obvious, but okay. Hallie Kate Eisenberg is the real secret weapon here though, the hook that makes the story take.
November 6, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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Bicentennial Man is an overlooked family film that isn't perfect, but nonetheless doesn't deserve all the negativity it has received. Chris Columbus directs this with flair and he makes something really good here, and quite entertaining. Due to some scenes, this may upset younger viewers, but this is sure to appeal to anyone looking for something unique to watch. I can see why some people may dislike this one, but I on the other hand found it very entertaining and very well done. The special effects are truly wonderful and they add so much to the film. I thought that Robin Williams was truly great in the lead role. This is a fine drama that manages to overcome its shortcomings due to its heart. The cast are wonderful and they elevate the material significantly. Bicentennial Man is not perfect, but it definitely entertaining and is worth watching. Chris Columbus has directed something truly incredible that is very much underrated and like I said does not deserve the flack it has received. Of course Columbus has made better films in his career, but this is an overlooked gem that definitely is worth your time. Robin Williams is a good actor and he deserves credit in giving the film its charm as well as some humor here and there to lighten the tone of the drama. There are things that could have been done better, but overall the film really soars above the negative aspects that all the negative reviews have pointed out. Give this film a shot if you're in the right state of mind, you may be surprised at how good it really is.
April 3, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This movie sucks the life out of you, turning you into a robot. Seriously I am tired of all these robot movies where we're supposed to feel bad for them, try to make them more human, etc. And Williams is more than annoying trying to play one of these annoying robots. I didn't find this touching or heartwarming, I didn't find it funny or enjoyable, I just hated it. I don't recommend this movie.
December 23, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

hands down, Robin Williams best film. the character Andrew is likable and you feel all the things he goes through, the pain joy and all other emotions. The film has a very touching story how he loves all the people he serves and how he feels pain for losing them and how he can't die. one line Andrew says truely shows the emotions you feel for him "it is torture that you can cry and i can't." The ending is one of the few movie moments that actually make me cry.
June 20, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

    1. Little Miss / Portia: But if this really works between us? You and I will never be accepted. We can't be married or anything.
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    1. Little Miss / Portia: What's right for most people in most situations isn't right for everyone in every situation! Real morality lies in following one's own heart.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 days ago)
    1. Andrew: I saw the inner me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 days ago)
    1. Galatea: Let's get loco, robo!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 days ago)
    1. Galatea: Sucks to be you!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 days ago)
    1. Galatea: I think personality is much more important than intelligence, don't you?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 days ago)
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