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Short Circuit Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 2, 2014
The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 2, 2014
Number Five is the real star of this energetic film. Sheedy, Guttenberg and company are just supporting players.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2014
One of the stranger ironies to be found in Hollywood these days is that some of its most resourceful directors use high-tech wizardry and state-of- the-art movie technology to make films that rail against the tyranny of science.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine
April 2, 2014
A film that demands emotional connections with a robot whose voice is one of the most annoying ever produced. Give us Hal, R2-D2 or a barber shop quartet of Daleks any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 2, 2014
Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
April 2, 2014
John Badham's Pinocchio story is sweet, silly and now charmingly old-fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2014
No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try.

April 2, 2014
A movie for kids of all ages, with enough pace and effects to amuse the youngsters and humour plus message to engage adults.

People Magazine
April 2, 2014
Short Circuit may prove a summer hit for all the wrong reasons: It aspires to be no more than a recycled remembrance of films past.

TV Guide
April 2, 2014
The human actors are secondary, for the real star of the show is Number 5. He's really pretty charming, though his unusual antics aren't enough to carry a feature-length motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 9, 2012
An affable yet forgettable effort...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 26, 2011
The lack of a single malicious bone in this film ensures that its genuinely heartfelt approach never collapses to mere schtick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy's affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self.
Christopher Null
July 4, 2008
Looking back at it today it's clear that Short Circuit is absolutely awful, and not just because of Ally Sheedy's haircut.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A message film to please all ages.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 28, 2005
#5 is alive...and horny
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
November 1, 2004
Stars funny, sympathetic robot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie, which has the clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney comedy, is nicely acted by Miss Sheedy, who demonstrates a light-comedy touch not unlike Amy Irving's [and] Mr. Guttenberg.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 20, 2003
Amiable enough, but...
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 1, 2003
Goofy 80's fun. Wanna-be E.T. actually delivers the goods.
| Original Score: 3/5
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