A.X.L. (2018)


Critic Consensus: Clumsily recalling numerous superior movies about unlikely human/robot friendships, A.X.L. is an obsolete adventure made from frequently malfunctioning parts.


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A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog created by the military to help protect tomorrow's soldiers. Code named by the scientists who created him, A.X.L. stands for Attack, Exploration, Logistics, and embodies the most advanced, next-generation artificial intelligence. After an experiment gone wrong, A.X.L. is discovered hiding alone in the desert by a kind-hearted outsider named Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who finds a way to connect with him after activating his owner-pairing technology. Together, the two develop a special friendship based on trust, loyalty and compassion. Helping Miles gain the confidence he's been lacking, A.X.L. will go to any length to protect his new companion, including facing off against the scientists who created him and who will do anything to get him back. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. is captured, Miles teams up with a smart, resourceful ally named Sara (Becky G) to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

After 2016's Monster Trucks laid a giant goose egg at the box office, what made the folks at Global Road think this similarly themed shaggy mechanical pal tale would fare any better?

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's utterly forgettable.

Aug 25, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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It's a boy and his dog story with elements of "Pretty in Pink," "Rad" and "The Wraith," and it's those references that kinda make this movie work.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

A.X.L. feels in desperate need of repairs.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Meanwhile, the scientists who lost A-X-L spend half the movie watching these events unfold on a computer screen, doing not a danged thing because they want to see how it all pans out. They are, it must be said, lousy scientists.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What's missing is any genuine personality from the robot (or the human characters, for that matter).

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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