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Robot & Frank (2012)


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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 23,686


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 Goldwyn

PG-13 (for some language)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Christopher D. Ford , Christopher Paul Ford
In Theaters:
Feb 12, 2013
Box Office:
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Robot & Frank

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

FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

"Robot & Frank" hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Langella ... is tremendous.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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]

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

Full Review… | March 10, 2013

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

Full Review… | March 9, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013

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

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Movie Talk

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Financial Times

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
The Skinny

Robot and Frank were electric. The rest? Sheepish.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Robot & Frank


"Robot & Frank" will be one of the most simplistic films you will ever see, set in the near future, but it does a lot with the premise given and you feel fulfilled at the end. I do wish the films running time was a tad longer to explain some things a little more in detail, but those are very minor issues inside a pretty flawless picture. Frank Lengela is fantastic in this role, making you truly believe that he has become best friends with a robot, and his son and daughter played by Liv Tyler and James Marsden are also great. Set in the near future, a robot is brought to an old man who is showing early signs of alzheimers and he uses him to rob neighbours homes and discover dirty secrets about new people in his neighbourhood. This is a very low-budget film that uses costumes for the robot, and I loved every bit of that. This is one of the best films to come from 2012. "Robot and Frank" has a few issues here and there, but it is otherwise terrific!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A great performance from Langella elevates this from merely enjoyable to something more essential and far more rewarding. Full review later.

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Robot & Frank Quotes

Warning: Do not molest me.
– Submitted by Venkatesh S (19 months ago)
Can't you do that super fast?
Some things take time, Frank.
– Submitted by Devastazione P (20 months ago)
You should not drink those, Frank. It is not good for gout.
I don't have gout.
You do not have gout. Yet.
– Submitted by Will M (20 months ago)
Warning: Do not molest me!
– Submitted by Adam K (2 years ago)
I would rather die eating cheeseburgers than live off of steamed cauliflower.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
[to son] That thing's gonna murder me in my sleep.
– Submitted by Bryce D (2 years ago)

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