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Patch Adams Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 17, 2016
The worst film of 1998 was also one of the worst films of its entire decade, but it panders so shamelessly in an effort to manipulate every conceivable human emotion that it was instantly embraced by easy-to-please filmgoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 2, 2009
Indulges to the hilt every obnoxious, hyperactive, oh-what-I-wouldn't-give-for-a-tranquilizer-gun aspect of Robin Williams' performing style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Leydon
May 20, 2008
Williams pulls out all the stops in a lead role that gives him carte blanche to careen between extremes of silliness and sentimentality; he tries too hard, too obviously, much like the pic itself.
Rob Gonsalves
August 18, 2007
Has obviously been made for an audience that has never seen a movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Formulaic from the word go, with so many trite, overused devices that it could serve as a primer for 'things to avoid when making an original movie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...infuriating because it divides the world into fun-loving rebels and uptight establishment-types
Full Review| Original Score: D
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Watching Patch Adams is like being bedridden and suffering the further indignity of a caregiver who is self-righteous and thinks he's a comedian.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
The true story of a Virginia medical student who breaks all the rules by daring to proclaim that the best medicine for patients is love, laughter and play.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
March 12, 2001
This film wants to be loved so much, it pleads with us to believe its black and white message.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Here is the year's least welcome technological advance, the computer-generated butterfly meant to provide a touch of magic for a film that has none of its own.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
A perfectly fine, play-it-safe vehicle for Robin Williams that showcases both his great gift for improvisational comedy and his ability to make a heartfelt connection.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
The story's a bit too formulaic to summon the tears it's going for.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Blindingly unsubtle!
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Offensive and deeply false 'inspirational!'
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Its simpleminded mawkishness aside, Patch Adams also represents filmic storytelling at its most corrupt.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Although the real-life Adams has shown great imagination as a doctor, the same can't be said for director Tom Shadyac and his producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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