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I, Robot Reviews

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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
For all its flaws, I, Robot is arresting to look at.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 20, 2004
By adeptly combining action and ideas, it proves that Hollywood can still produce astonishing entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 20, 2004
Strives to be so many things that it ultimately falls away to nothing, a heap of expensive metal parts.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
Rather than a thoughtful adaptation of a venerated piece of sci-fi lit, we get a dumbed-down litany of deliberate clichés and digital white noise.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2004
... a slick, consistently entertaining thrill ride ...
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
For the most part, this is thrilling fun.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
Succeed on its own terms as an entertaining mid-season popcorn movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 16, 2004
A failure of imagination.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 16, 2004
Performances, plot and pacing are as mechanical as the hard-wired cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 16, 2004
A CGI-laced action movie cum merchandising opportunity, warped into insensate silliness by the pop-iconic demands of Smith's megabucks macho action-hero persona and peppered with stock cop-on-the- edge action-movie situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Doug Kim
Seattle Times
July 16, 2004
Substandard Will Smith action-hero vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 16, 2004
[The screenplay is] good enough to keep things moving, to supply Smith with one- liners and to provide an excuse for the compelling backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2004
A middling entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 16, 2004
Much of the movie feels dull or derivative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 16, 2004
Surprisingly smart, cool-looking, nicely paced and well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 16, 2004
I, Robot is fun, even when it relies a bit too much on standard police-procedure cliches.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2004
Plays like a compendium of summer blockbusters.
| Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2004
A movie of its kind and of its time -- functional, professional, slickly manufactured and slouching toward consciousness -- I, Robot is a perfect slave to mechanical convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 16, 2004
Will Smith fans will likely be disappointed, and lovers of fine cinema best look elsewhere. But if you're looking for robots going crazy, this one's worth your money.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 16, 2004
Director Alex Proyas lays on the Tomorrowland awe of shiny metallics, techno-worship and fascist efficiency that make the future look like a nice place to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 16, 2004
A watchable enough piece of summer entertainment.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
An engaging CGI-fueled ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 16, 2004
The plot is simple-minded and disappointing, and the chase and action scenes are pretty much routine for movies in the sci-fi CGI genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 16, 2004
The sort of multiplex-buster that depends more on editing and production design than on story line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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July 15, 2004
Ring-a-ding dull.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2004
Although Asimov's core conceit remains intact, the movie essentially plays out like an off-the-rack 1990s action flick.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 15, 2004
A movie that never stops feeling like an advertisement for itself.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 15, 2004
I, Robot is less compelling as a drama of the human enslavement of androids than it is an intriguing vision of a treeless, cashless future.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 15, 2004
'Suggested by' Isaac Asimov's book of short stories, Alex Proyas's hectic thriller engages some interesting ideas on its way to an overblown and incoherent ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 15, 2004
The film works best as a kind of mindless, action-packed B-movie. But on the A-level at which recent science fiction/fantasy films operate, this movie falls woefully short.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 15, 2004
I, Robot is yet another summer entree in which good intentions are stymied by excessive bric-a-brac.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 15, 2004
Those who are unfamiliar with Asimov's work may enjoy I, Robot as a summer popcorn movie. It's just unfortunate that it's not more.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 15, 2004
A whodunit that keeps you guessing right to the end.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2004
While it's not in a league with Blade Runner, The Terminator or even Robocop, I, Robot is an efficiently designed, well-oiled machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2004
A high-tech thriller that really works -- both because of its eye-popping visual feats and the ideas and humanity behind them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 15, 2004
Worlds better than a mess like Men in Black II.
| Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2004
A routine Will Smith cop-on- the-hunt thriller at heart, I, Robot lacks imaginative excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: B-