Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) stars in this near-future comedy-drama about a retired cat burglar who gets back into the game with the help of nursing robot - a gift from his son.

"Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian (Susan Sarandon). His grown children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) are concerned about their father’s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support - like nutritious meals and a clean house - and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot’s assistance, Frank’s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse... a story about family and the implications of humankind’s ever-changing relationship with technology." (Sundance Film Festival)

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: M, contains offensive language89 minsUSA
ComedyDramaScience Fiction
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Reviews & comments

Frankly Awesome

A movie that asked some potent questions...how far can we bend a machine to our will...can love be simulated by a robot....Can a thief be honorable...I found the movie both engaging and uplifting and highly recommend it.

4.0

2.5 STARS

A very average movie indeed. This is where you need 2.5 stars. I didnt think he 'bonded' with the robot overly. He was quick to pull the plug, so to speak. Has a few chuckles but not very moving. The trailer had all the best parts!

2.0

Funny and sad in equal measure

It seems like once a year or so an Alzheimer's movie comes along and knocks me for a loop. I don't know what it is; I've never had any personal, real-life experience with the condition or its unfortunate sufferers, but there's ripe material for crafting warm and moving stories which invariably end with me in tears. In the last few years I have been...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Debuting helmer Jake Schreier, screenwriter Christopher D. Ford and a wry and wily Frank Langella all shine in a smart, plausible and resonant film.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Frank Langella plays so many variations on cute and crotchety and with such suppleness - he's by turns a charming codger, a silver fox and a wise graybeard - that his performance comes close to a saving grace.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a framework that could have benefitted from more irony and complexity, especially with the resources of Langella, but at the end, I felt the movie was too easily satisfied.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Charming, playful and sly.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Robot & Frank is sentimental high-concept fluff that works.

Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

The film is light-fingered and charming.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Schreier elicits warm performances from Langella and Susan Sarandon, and even from his robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).

Variety

Variety

press

Debuting helmer Jake Schreier, screenwriter Christopher D. Ford and a wry and wily Frank Langella all shine in a smart, plausible and resonant film.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Frank Langella plays so many variations on cute and crotchety and with such suppleness - he's by turns a charming codger, a silver fox and a wise graybeard - that his performance comes close to a saving grace.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a framework that could have benefitted from more irony and complexity, especially with the resources of Langella, but at the end, I felt the movie was too easily satisfied.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Charming, playful and sly.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Robot & Frank is sentimental high-concept fluff that works.

Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

The film is light-fingered and charming.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Schreier elicits warm performances from Langella and Susan Sarandon, and even from his robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).

Frankly Awesome

A movie that asked some potent questions...how far can we bend a machine to our will...can love be simulated by a robot....Can a thief be honorable...I found the movie both engaging and uplifting and highly recommend it.

4.0

2.5 STARS

A very average movie indeed. This is where you need 2.5 stars. I didnt think he 'bonded' with the robot overly. He was quick to pull the plug, so to speak. Has a few chuckles but not very moving. The trailer had all the best parts!

2.0

Funny and sad in equal measure

It seems like once a year or so an Alzheimer's movie comes along and knocks me for a loop. I don't know what it is; I've never had any personal, real-life experience with the condition or its unfortunate sufferers, but there's ripe material for crafting warm and moving stories which invariably end with me in tears. In the last few years I have been...

4.0