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Robot Stories

Robot Stories (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 12

Although its 4 stories vary in quality, Robot Stories is still worth a look for Twilight Zone fans.

71

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 5

Although its 4 stories vary in quality, Robot Stories is still worth a look for Twilight Zone fans.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 1,340

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Greg Pak directs Robot Stories, a feature film made up of four separate vignettes set in the near future. In "My Robot Baby," Maria (Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy (James Saito) must take care of a robot baby before they can adopt a real one. In "The Robot Fixer," a car accident puts Wilson in a coma. His mother, Bernice Chin (Wai Ching Ho), tries to connect with him by repairing his old collection of toy robots. Her obsessive quest to find missing robot parts is observed by her daughter Grace (Cindy

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Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Greg Pak

Feb 15, 2005

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Robot Stories doesn't advance the boundaries of imaginative fiction. It's The Twilight Zone reimagined by Lifetime TV.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Although uneven and tentative, Robot Stories is sufficiently thoughtful, provocative and original to make you wonder what Greg Pak might do with access to better parts.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Robot Stories has the look and feel of an above-average student film, but Pak's potential promises better things to come.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Mr. Pak accomplishes the rare feat of making the viewer think and wonder as he sheds light on little corners of the heart.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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These are tales from the heart -- pulsing to a high-tech beat.

April 30, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Robot Stories is a both a throwback and, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Pak sets himself up as a filmmaker to watch, a creator of intelligent, thoughtful stories that refuse to be contained by traditional definition.

February 10, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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The title encourages us to think of Robot Stories as the cinematic equivalent of a book of short stories, and I'd say a book in which half the stories are excellent is not a bad bet.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This compilation of four cinematic short stories is an uneven affair.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Each vignette is worthy of admiration - not too much admiration, as Pak's ability as a storyteller is more developed than his filmmaking skills.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

While Pak shows promise, especially with the final segment, a meditation on the existence of the soul, his reach ultimately exceeds his grasp.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Clearly the work of a beginning filmmaker, modestly budgeted and variable in effect, but it shows promise.

May 25, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

As a complete work, Robot Stories is a solid collection.

May 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Part of the minimalist allure of Robot Stories is that it's much more than the sum of its parts.

April 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It's a confident first feature from director-to-watch Greg Pak, one that pulls off sci-fi ideas with a lo-fi budget.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Utilizando a tecnologia (no caso, rob˘s) para estudar a psique e o comportamento humanos, Pak realiza uma antologia irregular, mas muito interessante.

April 5, 2004
Cinema em Cena

This collection of four thinly connected pieces possesses an immediate relevance grounded in the everyday tension between the real and the artificial and ever-narrowing distinction between the two.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

An exploration of robot themes in the humanist tradition of such acclaimed authors as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Robot Stories

Robot Stories is an indie film that apparently had a budget of about five dollars. As the title indicates, there are four short stories, dealing with artificial intelligence in one form or another.

There is very little heavy lifting on display here; no deep sci-fi ala Philip K. Dick or even pondering the ethics of Robotic Code, or, except for the last tale, any pondering of morality or the soul, as one gets with Asimov. Belying the title, these series of stories are concerned more with simple human elements, and really, robotics, or AI have very little to do with it.

For example: the first story, entitled Robot Baby, deals with parenting more than anything. A young, successful career couple decides to have a child - only in this future scenario the couple must first tend and nurture a robot baby. There is a nice twist at the end of this story, which makes the viewing viable, but really, without the twist the story is very "been there, seen that".

The second story is so very "so what" that I'm not even going to give it a second thought, while the third has only a "cute" factor going for it, along with one of two decent performance in the film (oddly by the writer/director himself - hmmm, perhaps the entire project was merely a way for him to show off his robotic shtick).

The fourth story has a bit of gravitas to it, containing the other bright performance, in a tale dealing with questions of the soul and the definition of humanity. Here there is a bit of artistry in the filmmaking, but otherwise the stories are all very straight forward, and the direction and cinematography echo that.

Overall, nothing to write home about, or even truly recommend.
January 18, 2011
maxthesax
paul sandberg

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[font=Century Gothic]"Robot Stories" is a collection of four short films written and directed by Greg Pak.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1. My Robot Baby: Marcia(Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy(James Saito) are a young couple seeking to adopt a baby but first they are given a robot baby in order to discern what kind of parents they would make.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2. The Robot Fixer: a mother(Wai Ching Ho) seeks to reach through to her comatose son through his old toys.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]3. Machine Love: an android, Archie(Greg Pak), is employed at a company as a computer programmer.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]4. Clay: John Lee(Sab Shimono), a sculptor, learns he is dying and must now decide whether or not he wants his brain digitally scanned for posterity.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]All four stories are touching and poignant tales about the human condition. It helps that they all emphasize character over technology.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: Greg Pak is also a very good comic book writer.[/font]
April 14, 2006
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Rather than making one really good short film, director Greg Pak decided to film all four of his robot-themed short stories and compile them into one film.

The first story, My Robot Baby, follows a couple as they take home a robot baby to show they are responsible enough to handle a real one. It's not a bad concept for a robot-themed film, and is a plausible scenario that will be familiar to anyone who had to take care of an egg for a sex ed class. As it turns out, the robot baby looks quite a bit like a football-sized egg with cardboard eyes stuck onto it. Despite the cheesy props the story does contain some interesting ideas, like when the robot's "mother" reprograms the bot so that it automatically takes care of itself. Unfortunately the concept was better explored and in much greater detail in Steven Spielberg's A.I., and it quickly dissolves into a silly suspense film when the baby robot runs amok late at night.

The second story, The Robot Fixer, isn't really about robots at all. A distraught mother is visiting her comatose son, who has been hit by a car. While cleaning up his apartment, she and her daughter find his collection of robot toys. The mother decides to complete her son's collection in a symbolic bid to put her son back together. By the time this one was over I was ready to stop watching this turd, so I did.

This review is a repost from my website: www.plasticpals.com
December 4, 2011
Robotbling
Robotbling -

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A collection of 4 short stories all revolving around robots (as the title implies). The stories have a kind of Twilight Zone feel to them but none are very good. My favorite was the third story, a tale of two robots who seek love. Definitely not the most original story but it was interesting.

Each story is about the length of a TV Show minus the commercials.

Acting: 6/10
Story: 6/10
Originalality: 7/10
Soundtrack: 4/10
Characters: 4/10
Overall Rating: 5.4/10
October 29, 2011
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