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Short Circuit Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's basically a kid's movie, and quite possibly the kids will like it. But they'll have to be fairly young kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 26, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 28, 2005
#5 is alive...and horny
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
February 18, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2014
No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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

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

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.
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 2, 2014
Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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