Patch Adams (1998)



Critic Consensus: Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.

Movie Info

Based on the true story of a misfit medical student whose unconventional approach to healing causes headaches for the medical establishment but works wonders for the patients.

Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language and crude humor)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Oedekerk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Universal Studios - Official Site


as Hunter `Patch' Adams

as Truman

as Dean Walcott

as Dr. Eaton

as Joletta

as Dean Anderson

as Bill Davis

as Arthur Mendelson

as Dr. Prack

as Trevor Beene

as Dr. Titan

as Everton

as Chess Man

as Scared Customer

as Feeble Woman

as Instructor

as Organizer

as Big Texan

as E.R. Doctor

as E.R. Doctor

as Jack Walton

as Miss Meat

as 3rd-Year Student

as 3rd-Year Student

as Dr. Hashman

as Hispanic Boy

as Hispanic Father

as Childen's Ward Patie...

as Children's Ward Pati...

as Children's Ward Pati...

as Children's Ward Pati...

as Psych Patient

as Psych Patient

as Psych Patient

as Psych Patient

as Psych Patient

as Psych Patient

as Woman in Lobby

as Nurse Klegg

as Pediatric Nurse

as Laughing Nurse

as Hysterical Woman

as Waitress

as Truck Driver

as Younger Man

as Older Waitress

as Older Waitress

as Orderly

as Asian Woman

as Fred Jarvis

as Pinstriped Man

as Walcott's Secretary

as Lecturer

as Hispanic Girl

as Mrs. Davis

as Davis Son

as Receptionist

as Receptionist

as Minister

as Puppeteer

as Boardroom Doctor

as Boardroom Doctor

as Boardroom Doctor

as Gynecologist

as Gynecologist

as Gynecologist

as Gynecologist

as Gynecologist
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Critic Reviews for Patch Adams

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21)

Williams pulls out all the stops in a lead role that gives him carte blanche to careen between extremes of silliness and sentimentality; he tries too hard, too obviously, much like the pic itself.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Somebody needs to come up with a remedy for the maudlin Robin Williams comedy.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

It suffers from excessive heart- warming itis!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Denver Post
Top Critic

By the end of it, you may feel like tripping a stranger just to shake off the sticky-sweet residue.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for Patch Adams

A Dr. who had changed the way that all doctors had treated their patients and what he had gone through to be accepted as a full on doctor. But how does Robin Williams do as his portrayal of this incredible man.

Patch Adams is based on the life of the great Doctor Hunter Adams. The film follows his life after he goes to medical school and he is criticized by the head of the school due to him helping other patients when he doesn't need to help them when more experienced doctors should get the job done of making the patients feel better in the medical sense. But Patch wants to make patients feel better in the mental sense as well as the medical sense.

Robin Williams does a magnificent job as Hunter Adams, making him both a kind and sympathetic character and making him also a very likable and funny character, and you truly feel for all the pain he is going through during his time at medical school. Monica Porter does a great job as well as his love interest even if in real life her character was a male and had no affection for Patch in the love sense. She does a good job at being a somewhat mean character but she ends up being a very well developed and likable character near the end of her character in the film. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Daniel London also both do great jobs as his good friends and Phillip Seymour Hoffman does a great job at being both a hatable character and ends up being a likable character.

Now for a Robin Williams this isn't really a comedic based film which is somewhat surprising for a film marketed as a film where Robin Williams is on the poster with a clown nose. he does act goofy a lot in the film but not as much as you'd expect, and really, its somewhat welcome for a film like this and he does the drama off well with this small bit of goofiness.

Overall this is my favorite of Robin Willaims film and one of my favorite movies, and that says a lot for a non comedic film when Williams is one of my favorite comedians as of late. The acting is well done, the characters are likable, and the film has some real good drama and shocks. If you can check this film out I'd say do it, no matter what the Nostalgia critic says.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Patch Adams is one of those films that deserved to be a very entertaining film, but unfortunately failed to in every respect to deliver something satisfying for the viewer. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but I simply couldn't. This film is an awful train wreck of a movie that has a cast of phenomenal talent that is simply wasted on such poor material. Robin Williams who is an incredible comedic talent can't save this dreck due to a poorly written script. Right from the first ten minutes, you realize that this film was doomed to fail. Nothing worked. The film tried way too hard at being an emotional piece, and failed miserably because the film's ideas simply went nowhere. The subject is quite interesting, and I think it's a shame that there couldn't be any better way of giving this story the treatment it really deserved. Robin Williams has made better films than this, and lucky for him his legacy as a good comedic actor is secured due to films like Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. I really wanted to love the film, but I simply couldn't. This film just lacked anything to really keep you interested. The attempts at humor simply are a failing attempt at trying to make you laugh. If you enjoy Robin Williams like I do, you won't enjoy this failure because it illustrates a real lack of passion from a man who is usually very funny and is an icon of comedy that belongs up there with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. With Patch Adams, Williams has made one of the worst films of his career and if you usually enjoy Robin Williams, you'll find that such a good comedian deserved a better picture to make and much better material to work with.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Very sad! I loved Robin Williams in this! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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