Patch Adams Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 2, 2009
Indulges to the hilt every obnoxious, hyperactive, oh-what-I-wouldn't-give-for-a-tranquilizer-gun aspect of Robin Williams' performing style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Leydon
Variety
May 20, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 18, 2007
Has obviously been made for an audience that has never seen a movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Formulaic from the word go, with so many trite, overused devices that it could serve as a primer for 'things to avoid when making an original movie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...infuriating because it divides the world into fun-loving rebels and uptight establishment-types
Full Review | Original Score: D
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Watching Patch Adams is like being bedridden and suffering the further indignity of a caregiver who is self-righteous and thinks he's a comedian.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
The true story of a Virginia medical student who breaks all the rules by daring to proclaim that the best medicine for patients is love, laughter and play.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
March 12, 2001
This film wants to be loved so much, it pleads with us to believe its black and white message.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
A little too conventional and predictable for my taste. However, when the ending came, the whole effect of the movie was pretty much ruined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
If you can suspend disbelief at every odds-defying incident and mind-blowing improbability, the inspirational message may work on you like magic. If not, the film falls flat as a 60-second souffle.
Top Critic
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Somebody needs to come up with a remedy for the maudlin Robin Williams comedy.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Preachy and overlong!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
The picture takes too many emotional shortcuts and ends on a heavily sentimental note it dooesn't earn.
Top Critic
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
It suffers from excessive heart- warming itis!
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Another assembly-line vehicle!
Top Critic
Eleonore Snow
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
By the end of it, you may feel like tripping a stranger just to shake off the sticky-sweet residue.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
This contrived feel-good film is a bit like adding artificial sweetener to eggnog.
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