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Robot & Frank (2012)



Critic Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frank works as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.

Movie Info

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. -- (C) Samuel Goldwynmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher D. Ford, Christopher Paul Ford
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2013
Box Office: $3.2M
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


Liv Tyler
as Madison
Jeremy Sisto
as Sheriff Rowlings
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Critic Reviews for Robot & Frank

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (35)

FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

One of the few movies I've seen where the future is not a dystopic nightmare, 3D-generated phantasmagoria, or otherwise unbelievable peek into a not-too-distant hellworld.

Full Review… | January 22, 2014
The Verge

While the premise certainly makes it stand out from the sea of dysfunctional family dramas, a cute idea alone doesn't quite cut it.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
The Playlist

A slightly futuristic treatise on aging, family and the pitfalls of mechanical screenwriting.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Christopher D. Ford's seamless screenplay provides a light-comedy vehicle that Langella rides to a satisfyingly original, epiphanic finale.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

The robot gives an ironic twist to Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics", and the movie is highly enjoyably for three quarters of the way.

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for Robot & Frank


Very lovable, calm and funny film about an old burglar and his personal robot butler that stirs his old interests in him. The Sci-Fi hints are subtle but work great, especially the robot design is wonderful. Langella is a wonderfully grumpy leading man, the rest of the cast is just as excellent. A very satisfying little film.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

When we first began considering the possibility of artificial intelligence in film most usually it was of an antagonistic variety, i.e. HAL in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Most recently the idea being floated around is that we, in fact, come to be amorously predisposed to that which we invent ("It reminds me of somebody...") as in Ex Machina or Her. In that vein comes Frank Langella's moving portrayal of a senior resistant to technology who comes to feel quite differently in time. Highly recommended. Great stuff by all involved. Superior.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A former jewel thief in denial of his memory lapses is forced to live with a health care robot (not an inflatable one) who unwittingly becomes his accomplice in chasing the illicit burglary thrills that once landed the thief in the slammer but nevertheless gave meaning to his life.

Robot is rather cute in its na´ve approach to the world, but I find it hard to believe that the programmers didn't give him more common sense. The cold social interactions between Robot and the older biblio model, Mr. Darcy, are quite hilarious, and Susan Sarandon makes a nerdy/sexy librarian. The estranged father/son relationship as played by Frank Langella and James Marsden is compelling, but the human vs. robot rights debate broached by Liv Tyler's daughter character doesn't really go anywhere.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Robot & Frank Quotes

Robot: Warning: Do not molest me.
– Submitted by Venkatesh S (3 years ago)
Frank: Can't you do that super fast?
Robot: Some things take time, Frank.
– Submitted by Devastazione P (3 years ago)
Robot: You should not drink those, Frank. It is not good for gout.
Frank: I don't have gout.
Robot: You do not have gout. Yet.
– Submitted by Will M (3 years ago)
Robot: Warning: Do not molest me!
– Submitted by Adam K (3 years ago)

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