Bicentennial Man (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Bicentennial Man
Columbus lays on the sentimentality thickly, sometimes letting it get in the way of the storytelling. The longer the movie continues, the more overt he becomes in his emotional pandering.
It's one thing to ask an audience to love a mechanical man, but quite another to love a mechanical performance.
So coldly calculated it could give you frostbite.
You wish that the film unfolded on a more modest scale and in the real world.
A male fantasy with artificial intelligence.
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Top dollar went into this sci-fi rendition of an Asimov/Silverberg update/spin of a familiar old childrens tale of a robot that only wants a brain, a heart, the nerve, to be human. Williams' presence adds some borscht belt hamming at times, and the director, Chris Columbus, cannot help but to go for the emotionally overwrought sometimes, but for family viewing ... ahhh, why be so picky alla time? It's okay. Obvious, but okay. Hallie Kate Eisenberg is the real secret weapon here though, the hook that makes the story take.
Bicentennial Man is an overlooked family film that isn't perfect, but nonetheless doesn't deserve all the negativity it has received. Chris Columbus directs this with flair and he makes something really good here, and quite entertaining. Due to some scenes, this may upset younger viewers, but this is sure to appeal to anyone looking for something unique to watch. I can see why some people may dislike this one, but I on the other hand found it very entertaining and very well done. The special effects are truly wonderful and they add so much to the film. I thought that Robin Williams was truly great in the lead role. This is a fine drama that manages to overcome its shortcomings due to its heart. The cast are wonderful and they elevate the material significantly. Bicentennial Man is not perfect, but it definitely entertaining and is worth watching. Chris Columbus has directed something truly incredible that is very much underrated and like I said does not deserve the flack it has received. Of course Columbus has made better films in his career, but this is an overlooked gem that definitely is worth your time. Robin Williams is a good actor and he deserves credit in giving the film its charm as well as some humor here and there to lighten the tone of the drama. There are things that could have been done better, but overall the film really soars above the negative aspects that all the negative reviews have pointed out. Give this film a shot if you're in the right state of mind, you may be surprised at how good it really is.
This movie sucks the life out of you, turning you into a robot. Seriously I am tired of all these robot movies where we're supposed to feel bad for them, try to make them more human, etc. And Williams is more than annoying trying to play one of these annoying robots. I didn't find this touching or heartwarming, I didn't find it funny or enjoyable, I just hated it. I don't recommend this movie.
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|Little Miss / Portia:||But if this really works between us? You and I will never be accepted. We can't be married or anything.|
|Little Miss / Portia:||What's right for most people in most situations isn't right for everyone in every situation! Real morality lies in following one's own heart.|
|Andrew:||I saw the inner me.|
|Galatea:||Let's get loco, robo!|
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