Bicentennial Man (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Bicentennial Man is ruined by a bad script and ends up being dull and mawkish.

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"Bicentennial Man," follows the life and times of the title character, an android, who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. The Martin family quickly learns that they don't have an ordinary robot as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity, life and love.
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PG (for language and some sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Robin Williams
as Andrew Martin
Sam Neill
as Sir Martin
Embeth Davidtz
as Little Miss/Portia
Oliver Platt
as Rupert Burns
Hallie Kate Eisenberg
as Little Miss (age 7)
Lynne Thigpen
as Tribunal Leader
Stephen Root
as Dennis Mansky
John Michael Higgins
as Bill Feingold
George D. Wallace
as Male President
Lindze Letherman
as Miss (young)
Igor Hiller
as Lloyd (age 10)
Joe Bellan
as Robot Delivery Man
Brett Wagner
as Robot Delivery Man
Scott Waugh
as Motorcycle Punk
Jay Johnston
as Charles
Ples Griffin
as Zimbabwe Representative
Marcia Pizzo
as Lloyd's Wife
Paula Dupre Pesmen
as Feingold's Assistant
Bruce Kenneth Wagner
as Engagement Party Guest
Paula West
as Singer
Kevin 'Tiny' Ancell
as Restoration Worker No. 1
Richard Cross
as Restoration Worker No. 2
Adam Bryant
as Humanoid Head
George Wallace (II)
as Male President
George Wallace
as Male President
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Critic Reviews for Bicentennial Man

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's one thing to ask an audience to love a mechanical man, but quite another to love a mechanical performance.

March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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[Robin William's] most grandiose holiday greeting yet.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Bicentennial Man

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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