Bicentennial Man Reviews

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November 13, 2019
Chris Columbus -- who is undeniably skilled at making funny movies -- has the deft touch of a steamroller when it comes to serious matters of the heart, mechanical or otherwise.
February 16, 2018
Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
September 7, 2011
December 22, 2010
Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so.
December 6, 2005
January 2, 2005
...aspires to an almost adult level of seriousness.
October 23, 2003
Bicentennial Man is sometimes sweet, but it's also a phenomenal waste of talent, and a continuation of a Williams' trip down the wrong road.
May 20, 2003
February 8, 2003
December 8, 2002
December 2, 2002
The film swiftly settles into an unevenly paced, episodic structure, unsure whether it's a family saga, a sci-fi drama or a children's comedy.
November 6, 2002
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.
October 15, 2002
Virtually every emotion, motivation, idea, character and plot point in the movie is flat and perfunctory -- except for those that carry the invisible subtitle, 'Cry, dammit!'
September 18, 2002
June 5, 2002
You long for [Williams] to break the metal mold, if only for a minute, to remind you that you are watching the best improvisational comedian of this millennium.
April 3, 2002
Becomes a somber, sentimental and rather profound romantic fantasy that is more true to the spirit of the Golden Age of science-fiction writing than possibly any other movie of the '90s.
March 19, 2002
It's one thing to ask an audience to love a mechanical man, but quite another to love a mechanical performance.
March 8, 2002
Best left on the shelf to collect dust.
March 5, 2002
A shiny houehold robot becomes an exemplar of the spiritual practice of kindness in this film that must be taken to heart.
Top Critic
April 17, 2001
The worst kind of movie -- one with no direction, no identity, and above all no heart.
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