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Barret Oliver stars as robot boy Daryl (Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform). The film begins with an intense chase through hairpin mountain roads as a helicopter chases after a racing automobile and the driver of the car shoves a young boy out of the door. The child is rescued and is adopted by Joyce (Mary Beth Hurt) and Andy (Michael McKean) Richardson, a well-meaning, childless couple. It is only after the Richardsons have adopted Daryl and find that the child can't stop hitting home runs that they realize their adopted son is, in fact, a robot. The Richardsons decide to take Daryl back… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A filming-by-numbers mix of small-town nostalgia, soapy family drama and high-tech sfx, this Dreary Android Runaway Yarn Lags way behind the Spielberg thoroughbreds it tries so hard to ape."
‑ , Time Out
"For moviegoers with sky-high imaginations and mushy hearts, D.A.R.Y.L. satisfies like a summertime chocolate-chip ice-cream cone."
‑ , People Magazine
"The main problem with this thing (besides the direction and the writing and, oh what the heck, the special effects, the acting, and the score). . ."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"To be sure, we`re not talking about a bad movie, just one that could have been so much better."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"If there is a subtext to ''D.A.R.Y.L.,'' and I'm not entirely sure there is, it's that one should always be kind to a computer, because a computer might be somebody's brother."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A very sweet, very good-natured, very silly film."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Do guilty pleasures get any more guilty or any more pleasurable"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Second half of the picture is the most far-fetched and also the most fun ..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although highly derivative of ET, WarGames and others, this science-fiction drama is still a charming, lightweight diversion."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Younger children should find D.A.R.Y.L. fairly entertaining, but this is barely tolerable for anyone else."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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