Spare Parts

2015

Spare Parts

Critics Consensus

Spare Parts is effective enough to do in a pinch for inspirational sports drama fans - although most of them will have seen these story beats hit more powerfully before.

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Total Count: 32

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User Ratings: 6,745

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SPARE PARTS is a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi (GEORGE LOPEZ). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. (c) Pantelion

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Critic Reviews for Spare Parts

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (14)

  • Though based on a Wired magazine story, this sticks closely to the formulas of inspirational-teacher and sports-team dramas; distinguishing it from the pack is the fact that all four students who formed the club were undocumented.

    January 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Sequences and scenes end unceremoniously, everyone in the movie seems to know each other's backstory before they're properly introduced, and mild jokes land with uncertainty.

    January 20, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Spare Parts tries too hard to be a based-on-a-true-story, feel-good, crowd-pleasing, triumph-of-the-underdogs movie.

    January 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While the appropriately titled "Spare Parts" might feel like it has been assembled from bits and pieces of other inspirational movies, that doesn't mean the fact-based drama is any less effective ...

    January 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight.

    January 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Despite its clunkier elements, Matsueda's screenplay is alert to details that ground the film in the day-to-day lives of young people who are American in every way but technically.

    January 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spare Parts

  • May 24, 2015
    Based on a true story. This tells the tale of a group of Hispanic students who are shunned as no hopers and how they conquer robotics against the likes of MIT. Superb performances with genuine heart and emotion. I loved it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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