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Robot & Frank (2012)

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86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 17

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.

86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 5

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.

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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 Goldwyn

PG-13,

Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Christopher D. Ford

Feb 12, 2013

$3.3M

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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (17) | DVD (2)

FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Ultimately, it feels as though the filmmakers have settled for the soft option one too many times, and the result is a pleasant but unmemorable watch.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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"Robot & Frank" hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Langella ... is tremendous.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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It may not seem like an even playing field pitting an actor as powerfully intense as Frank Langella opposite a robot, but that's the game plan behind the waywardly endearing, slightly futuristic fantasy Robot & Frank.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
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.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

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

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Explores in subtle and heartbreaking ways how memory becomes a defining part of who were are and where we're going.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Often moving and deeply personal, Robot & Frank is a rewarding - if often underdeveloped - antidote to the plethora of loud and overblown movies that tackle the theme of technology's role in our futures

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The film tries to say something coherent about important issues such as the descending darkness of old age but misses the mark with most of them.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A warm drama that drifts into light, goofy comedy, this film is too slight to be a classic, but its subtly sharp-edged script holds our interest and gives the cast something to work with.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

A small but perfectly formed tale with plenty to say about the nature of friendship.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The pair's low-key crime spree provides some gentle suspense, but it's the developing friendship between the grouchy ex-thief and the robot that will beguile viewers most.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Despite the amusing premise this isn't funny, moving or eventful enough to merit a trip to the cinema.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Robot & Frank does not quite deliver a killer punch, but it's an engaging, humane fantasy.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Frank Langella forms an engaging double act with a piece of moulded metal alloy in Robot & Frank.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Here's a film with a premise that could have played horrendously in the wrong hands.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A fairly cheap trick towards the denouement aside, this is cutely observed, thoughtful work.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Robot and Frank were electric. The rest? Sheepish.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Enjoyable, well written and superbly acted comedy drama that cleverly blends buddy movies, Sci-Fi flicks and caper pictures into an emotionally engaging film about old age.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Frank Langella subtly provides the heart and soul as the crafty Frank, a game retiree whose disreputable inclinations take the story in a pleasingly unsentimental direction - think Wall-e meets The Thomas Crown Affair.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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February 14, 2014
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A great performance from Langella elevates this from merely enjoyable to something more essential and far more rewarding. Full review later.
January 1, 2014
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

"Robot and Frank" is a very sweet tempered sci-fi, independent film that somehow remains affectionate and veers from morality, even though it's in a very particular genre of film. The film says very little about the state of the world, or even the future it's set in, and instead focuses on story. The film centers on retired cat burglar Frank (Langella) who has stopped lifting jewels from homes after several stints in jail. He has two children, one a father with small children, the other a globetrotting naturalist. He doesn't see them often, the same as he did during their childhood, and he is slowly lapsing into dementia. His son buys him a domesticated robot to take care of him and the two bond, eventually starting to plot heists on a rich man who is reimagining the nearby library to be paperless. The film rarely challenges the audience with the effects of technology, except when it comes to the library, because it's transformation spurs him to start back up stealing. The film also touches upon the subject of respecting a past generation and the wisdom they possess, which is easily thrown away, either by getting rid of books, or by showing the fragility of the human mind in old age. Frank and his robotic companion find friendship because the former is reaching his mental decline and needs help recovering what little he has left. There doesn't seem to be any subtext on robots in our future, and no message that they should be accepted for their technological benefits. Though there may not be any moral stance taken, this film is actively pacing itself the entire way through. It lets a moment land, takes its time in building its momentum scene by scene. Langella gives a very strong performance, even though we learn very little about the character, except that he has certain regrets about the way he lived his life. For what it is, and what it tries to be, it succeeds at being sweet and essentially, interesting.
December 3, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Frank:  That thing's gonna murder me in my sleep.

"Friendship doesn't have an off switch"

Robot & Frank is an odd, but interesting and very good little science fiction/comedy. It's major selling point is the performance from Frank Langella as Frank, an old cat burglar whose memory is terrible. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well and includes Susan Sarandon and James Marsden.

Frank is a cat burglar whose son buys him a robot because he is too far away from him and worries about Frank, especially with his memory fading. Frank is apprehensive about the robot at first, but when he learns that the robot doesn't have any moral issue with stealing; he starts getting the robot to help him with his jobs. Along the way, Frank and the robot bond and have a weird sort of human, computer friendship.  

The oddness of the movie is a major attraction here. I like movies that use the set in the future setting, but don't overemphasize how the future will be. We're only shown the future from an old mans point of view and we see it in a normal everyday way. Also, the future looks like a very realistic idea of the near future and that's always a plus as well. 

Overall, Robot & Frank is a nice little film; that is well made and superbly acted. I liked the idea and the interesting eccentricities of the film as well. This is well worth a look and probably won't end up being anything like you expect. I had an idea going into the film of how it would be, but my ideas were no where near what Robot & Frank really is. It's an occasionally funny, and always interesting and entertaining movie that manages to have a lot of heart as well.
November 16, 2013
blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

    1. Robot: Warning: Do not molest me.
    – Submitted by Venkatesh S (16 months ago)
    1. Frank: Can't you do that super fast?
    2. Robot: Some things take time, Frank.
    – Submitted by Devastazione P (17 months ago)
    1. Robot: You should not drink those, Frank. It is not good for gout.
    2. Frank: I don't have gout.
    3. Robot: You do not have gout. Yet.
    – Submitted by Will M (18 months ago)
    1. Robot: Warning: Do not molest me!
    – Submitted by Adam K (23 months ago)
    1. Frank: I would rather die eating cheeseburgers than live off of steamed cauliflower.
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
    1. Frank: [to son] That thing's gonna murder me in my sleep.
    – Submitted by Bryce D (23 months ago)
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