Robot Stories Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 5, 2004
While Pak shows promise, especially with the final segment, a meditation on the existence of the soul, his reach ultimately exceeds his grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2004
There's no pleasure in giving new directors bad reviews and it's especially unpleasant when what's wrong with their work isn't a clumsy performance or two, a sagging second act or a repugnant worldview, but a near-total absence of filmmaking talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
February 9, 2004
Suffers a bit too much from Twilight Zone-itis
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 20, 2004
Pak relies on the basics of writing and acting to express his ideas, but only "The Robot Fixer" fully makes up for cinematic shortcomings
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
February 16, 2004
In two segments, wacky robots are the obvious punch lines of hackneyed plots. But the other two succeed by making technology the stimulus for much more human explorations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
February 27, 2004
It's a mechanical man with a soul, but no armor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 21, 2004
Though mildly involving, the feature film suffers from having too few distinctions among its different parts.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
February 20, 2004
Slight and unsurprising.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 11, 2004
Robot Stories has the look and feel of an above-average student film, but Pak's potential promises better things to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
December 3, 2004
This compilation of four cinematic short stories is an uneven affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2005
Robot Stories doesn't advance the boundaries of imaginative fiction. It's The Twilight Zone reimagined by Lifetime TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 27, 2004
They're not like the "Twilight Zone" which is an easy comparison; they're more deep, artistic and subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 24, 2004
These are simple stories, most with a strong insightful element. All but one really says more about humanity than about robots.
| Original Score: 7/10
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 10, 2005
Pak sets himself up as a filmmaker to watch, a creator of intelligent, thoughtful stories that refuse to be contained by traditional definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 5, 2004
Utilizando a tecnologia (no caso, rob˘s) para estudar a psique e o comportamento humanos, Pak realiza uma antologia irregular, mas muito interessante.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 12, 2004
Greg Pak's fantasy anthology piece, which details the ways robots have complicated the lives of humans, has a dexterous sense of wonder that nonetheless leaves the film feeling a bit detached.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 13, 2004
The stories, which range in length from 20 to 25 minutes, have an unhurried pace but they never dawdle and never bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 27, 2004
The work of a feeling thinker who understands how to communicate sincerity without giving you a headache, a cavity, or a lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
January 10, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 27, 2009
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Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 16, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 1, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 2, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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