Robot & Frank Synopsis
An aging ex-con (Frank Langella) re-enters a life of crime with the help of a robotic caretaker.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A hard, funny and realistic movie about the future.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Robot & Frank is sentimental high-concept fluff that works.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's an Alzheimer's allegory, full of humanity, heart, and humor.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The feature directorial debut of Jake Schreier, has a smart script by C.D. Ford and an impressive supporting cast.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It also addresses questions of aging and neglect that Hollywood likes to run from. Langella, who's played everyone from Dracula to Nixon...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Robot & Frank reminds quirk-hardened veterans that an odd premise and big heart don't have to add up to too-precious awards bait.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a framework that could have benefitted from more irony and complexity, especially with the resources of Langella, but at the end, I...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
No one conveys late-life elegy and cool intellectual cunning like Langella.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Robot & Frank isn't sure whether it's a comedy or drama, buddy movie or sci-fi fantasy, family melodrama or social satire.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The concept is schematic and predictable, and watching first-rate actors - the cast includes Susan Sarandon as a local librarian - doing...
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Robot and Frank

By MrMikeG
I'd rate this movie So-So. It had a cute, family-oriented premise but was pretty boring most of the time. A few laughs at times, but generally slow moving....

Robot and Frank

By photo buff
This is a very touching and funny movie. It is also very original, and the acting is great. Definitely would recommend it. Not for children, though....

Robot & Frank

By bzerkeley
Frank Langella and the Robot are the bomb!! James Marsden and Liv Tyler are just so -- so. Robots rule - where can I get one?...

Sci-Fi about the future of elder care

By pedsarq
This movie was a complete surprise to me in a very pleasant sense. Frank, a older man with a shady past begins to lose his mind, so his son brings him a robot programed to be a care-giver and...

Robots more human than people?

By senior fan
Great message. The next day I read an article about Robots that are being programmed to assist the elderly, do housework, fold laundry etc. Maybe this isn't so far in the future. But the real...

Great time, then forgettable

By Madame Mim
Slow pacing deliberate to attract "mature" (read: aging baby boomers now seniors) target audience? Or is slow pacing meant to mimic Frank's slowing memory? At any rate, be prepared to relax and...

You could only wish your robot friend was like this

By Goddess_Echelon
This little sleeper of a movie is bursting with surprises and should have come out in all major movie houses. You can't help but fall in love with Frank and Robot. You will laugh, cheer, cry and feel...

Layered with Excellence

By sunnyforever
If you were faced with Alzheimers, what would be your dearest commodity? To Frank it was his memory. And there is a deep interplay in this movie centered on the value of a human life and the value of...

Robot & Frank

By OldGuyLA
Wonderful performance by Frank Langella, clever movie plot. Cute ending, down plays the seriousness of Alzheimers or senile dementia, but a good evening out that doesn't insult your intelligence....

delightful

By bonniedoc
I totally related to the dilemma of aging and memory loss - as I experienced that with my parents. Can be a tear jerker at the end, but many funny quips throughout. Will see it again....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Offbeat sci-fi buddy movie isn't likely to attract teens.
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