Robot & Frank Reviews

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Chase Whale
Film.com
November 8, 2013
FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 31, 2012
"Robot & Frank" hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 30, 2012
There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 30, 2012
Langella ... is tremendous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2012
Much of Robot & Frank is (frankly) resistible, including the climactic narrative twist, but there is also a likeable oddness that transcends the sentimental contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 24, 2012
An endearing movie about a human and his mechanical new buddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 24, 2012
Just about the time that Robot starts to grow on his curmudgeonly client, so may this movie -- a sci-fi fantasia that's surprisingly sweet and old-fashioned -- win over any skeptics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2012
Turns out to be a hard, funny and realistic movie about the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
Charming, playful and sly, it makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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August 23, 2012
The key to making all of this come together is Langella, who effortlessly conveys the complexity of Frank's anger and confusion even when playing a scene for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 2012
A small, sweet character study that affords Frank Langella another opportunity to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2012
"Robot & Frank" is the sort of undernourished, underpopulated production that indie fans must all too frequently settle for. It's a theatrical feature hell bent for home video.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 23, 2012
"Robot & Frank" isn't sure whether it's a comedy or drama, buddy movie or sci-fi fantasy, family melodrama or social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2012
[T]he movie in general is undercut by the crime high jinks.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 23, 2012
A gentle comedy that goes far deeper than its cyber Odd Couple setup implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2012
This is a framework that could have benefitted from more irony and complexity, especially with the resources of Langella, but at the end, I felt the movie was too easily satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 22, 2012
Sentimental high-concept fluff that works.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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William Goss
Film.com
August 22, 2012
This is Langella's show, and although the story seems slight and straightforward, Christopher D. Ford's screenplay finds more complicated shades of emotion for the veteran actor to explore by the end.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 21, 2012
Robot & Frank is very nearly a one-man show, a master interacting with a machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 17, 2012
A rueful and funny reflection on aging, death, parenthood, and technology.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 17, 2012
It's an amusing set up for a film, and it's given some weight by the interplay between the two characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 17, 2012
It's Langella's crafty, heart-tugging burglar who steals every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 16, 2012
You don't realize how well it works until it's over.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 16, 2012
Frank Langella plays so many variations on cute and crotchety and with such suppleness - he's by turns a charming codger, a silver fox and a wise graybeard - that his performance comes close to a saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 16, 2012
Frank Langella gives a master class in acting in a movie with bracing humor and a dash of heartbreak - just don't expect to be wrapped up in a warm and fuzzy cinematic blanket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2012
Frank Langella gives a somber, bittersweet performance in director Jake Schreier's odd but ingratiating drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 16, 2012
A work of power, nuance and daredevil craft, Langella's performance is a reminder that giants still fill the stage, and the screen.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 14, 2012
Essentially a mediocre character study dipped in sci-fi conventions and Social Security-age sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
It's Langella ... who ultimately props up this borderline schmaltzy character study.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 13, 2012
Its irresponsibility redeems it -- it's a raspberry blown against the dying of the light.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Debuting helmer Jake Schreier, screenwriter Christopher D. Ford and a wry and wily Frank Langella all shine in a smart, plausible and resonant film.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 22, 2012
Schreier elicits warm performances from Langella and Susan Sarandon, and even from his robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2012
Robot & Frank reminds quirk-hardened veterans that an odd premise and big heart don't have to add up to too-precious awards bait.