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Machines fight for control of a world destroyed by man in this ultra-low-budget sci-fi saga from filmmaker James Felix McKenney. A global war has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, and the few humans who have lived through the conflict have been driven underground in order to survive. The Girl (Christine Spencer) lives in a subterranean bunker that she shares with several rattletrap robots of her own design. The Girl occupies herself by watching old videotapes of a scientist who was her friend and mentor before the apocalypse, but lately she has other things on her mind. Another… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I yearn to encounter livelier less-than-zero-budget attempts at post-apocalyptic science fiction than this one."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"An unwieldy mix of self-conscious camp and heavy-handed allegory, Automatons plays like a cheesy '50s no-budget sci-fier with serious delusions of grandeur."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Try to phase out the redundant and uninspired political discourse and focus only on the sporadic bursts of robot aggression, which McKenney shoots at gloriously odd, jumpy angles."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"McKenney worked in underground theater and comics before turning to filmmaking with movies such as Canniballistic. Judging by Automatons, he's worth keeping an eye on."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Robot radness achieved!"
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"With its retro look, cautionary theme and not-so-special effects, Automatons is a shameless ode to 1960s sci-fi and classic television shows."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The acting is flat, and the scientist's ideological speeches too bluntly designed to mirror post-9/11 rhetoric. But there's a dreamy fascination to the iconic images of machines fighting a perpetual war for the human creators they'll inevitably outlast."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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