Bicentennial Man Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
...aspires to an almost adult level of seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 23, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Higgins
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
It's one thing to ask an audience to love a mechanical man, but quite another to love a mechanical performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
Best left on the shelf to collect dust.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
A shiny houehold robot becomes an exemplar of the spiritual practice of kindness in this film that must be taken to heart.
Ben Falk
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
The worst kind of movie -- one with no direction, no identity, and above all no heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 14, 2001
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
So coldly calculated it could give you frostbite.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a bit strange, and strained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
You wish that the film unfolded on a more modest scale and in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
A male fantasy with artificial intelligence.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Bicentennial Man has heart, but lacks bite.
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