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D.A.R.Y.L.

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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60

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

Barret Oliver stars as robot boy Daryl (Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform). The film begins with an intense chase through hairpin mountain roads as a helicopter chases after a racing automobile and the driver of the car shoves a young boy out of the door. The child is rescued and is adopted by Joyce (Mary Beth Hurt) and Andy (Michael McKean) Richardson, a well-meaning, childless couple. It is only after the Richardsons have adopted Daryl and find that the child can't stop hitting home runs

Oct 19, 2004

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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To be sure, we`re not talking about a bad movie, just one that could have been so much better.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Second half of the picture is the most far-fetched and also the most fun ...

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A filming-by-numbers mix of small-town nostalgia, soapy family drama and high-tech sfx, this Dreary Android Runaway Yarn Lags way behind the Spielberg thoroughbreds it tries so hard to ape.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If there is a subtext to ''D.A.R.Y.L.,'' and I'm not entirely sure there is, it's that one should always be kind to a computer, because a computer might be somebody's brother.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Although highly derivative of ET, WarGames and others, this science-fiction drama is still a charming, lightweight diversion.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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For moviegoers with sky-high imaginations and mushy hearts, D.A.R.Y.L. satisfies like a summertime chocolate-chip ice-cream cone.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

A very sweet, very good-natured, very silly film.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Younger children should find D.A.R.Y.L. fairly entertaining, but this is barely tolerable for anyone else.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The main problem with this thing (besides the direction and the writing and, oh what the heck, the special effects, the acting, and the score). . .

November 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Do guilty pleasures get any more guilty or any more pleasurable

October 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for D.A.R.Y.L.

Astounding to see there is an 80's movie left that I haven't seen! I have to say that I enjoyed this vastly more than my recent revisiting of The Goonies!
Barett Oliver was such a cute child actor. It really is a shame he had a reasonably short movie career.
Here he plays daryl, who is part robot, part human. Yes, it's a boys movie, but is a likable and enjoyable one. Though it looks dated and very typically 80's, for me that was part of it's charm.
April 24, 2011
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Gosh, I saw this such a long time ago, I don't remember it, I should watch it again some day.
January 20, 2011
ajv2688

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Daryl is a boy genius who lives with his foster parents. The government soon come after him.
March 22, 2009
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T Tsang

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An ok family 80's action/drama film.
September 6, 2008
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