Robot & Frank

2012

Robot & Frank (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frank works as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.

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Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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All Critics (135) | Top Critics (36)

FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine

Nov 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Film.com
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Ultimately, it feels as though the filmmakers have settled for the soft option one too many times, and the result is a pleasant but unmemorable watch.

Jan 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Robot & Frank" hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet.

Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Langella ... is tremendous.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It may not seem like an even playing field pitting an actor as powerfully intense as Frank Langella opposite a robot, but that's the game plan behind the waywardly endearing, slightly futuristic fantasy Robot & Frank.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Robot & Frank

½

Very lovable, calm and funny film about an old burglar and his personal robot butler that stirs his old interests in him. The Sci-Fi hints are subtle but work great, especially the robot design is wonderful. Langella is a wonderfully grumpy leading man, the rest of the cast is just as excellent. A very satisfying little film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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When we first began considering the possibility of artificial intelligence in film most usually it was of an antagonistic variety, i.e. HAL in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Most recently the idea being floated around is that we, in fact, come to be amorously predisposed to that which we invent ("It reminds me of somebody...") as in Ex Machina or Her. In that vein comes Frank Langella's moving portrayal of a senior resistant to technology who comes to feel quite differently in time. Highly recommended. Great stuff by all involved. Superior.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

A former jewel thief in denial of his memory lapses is forced to live with a health care robot (not an inflatable one) who unwittingly becomes his accomplice in chasing the illicit burglary thrills that once landed the thief in the slammer but nevertheless gave meaning to his life. Robot is rather cute in its naïve approach to the world, but I find it hard to believe that the programmers didn't give him more common sense. The cold social interactions between Robot and the older biblio model, Mr. Darcy, are quite hilarious, and Susan Sarandon makes a nerdy/sexy librarian. The estranged father/son relationship as played by Frank Langella and James Marsden is compelling, but the human vs. robot rights debate broached by Liv Tyler's daughter character doesn't really go anywhere.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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½

"Robot & Frank" will be one of the most simplistic films you will ever see, set in the near future, but it does a lot with the premise given and you feel fulfilled at the end. I do wish the films running time was a tad longer to explain some things a little more in detail, but those are very minor issues inside a pretty flawless picture. Frank Lengela is fantastic in this role, making you truly believe that he has become best friends with a robot, and his son and daughter played by Liv Tyler and James Marsden are also great. Set in the near future, a robot is brought to an old man who is showing early signs of alzheimers and he uses him to rob neighbours homes and discover dirty secrets about new people in his neighbourhood. This is a very low-budget film that uses costumes for the robot, and I loved every bit of that. This is one of the best films to come from 2012. "Robot and Frank" has a few issues here and there, but it is otherwise terrific!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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