Patch Adams Reviews

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April 2, 2019
Like too many of Mr. Williams's recent movies, Patch Adams wastes the genius of a peerless clown.
April 1, 2019
Comics who want to do Hamlet often end up, as here, serving big, sticky slices of ham.
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.
June 18, 2012
Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.
December 27, 2010
True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.
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.
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.
August 18, 2007
Has obviously been made for an audience that has never seen a movie before.
June 24, 2006
An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichd string arrangements.
May 20, 2003
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.'
July 31, 2002
...infuriating because it divides the world into fun-loving rebels and uptight establishment-types
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.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
March 12, 2001
This film wants to be loved so much, it pleads with us to believe its black and white message.
February 27, 2001
January 1, 2000
If I were the real Patch Adams, I'd sue for malpractice!
January 1, 2000
Over-determined, heartlessly manipulative!
January 1, 2000
Has some very funny moments, but they're all drowned out by an overbearingly sentimental script.
January 1, 2000
If you can suspend disbelief at every odds-defying incident and mind-blowing improbability, the inspirational message may work on you like magic. If not, the film falls flat as a 60-second souffle.
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