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The fact-based story of an unconventional physician who attempted to heal patients with laughter, based on his own book and mixing equal doses of scatological humor and pathos. Robin Williams stars as Hunter Adams, a troubled young man who commits himself to a mental institution in the late 1960s. His experiences there convince Adams to become a doctor, and he enrolls in medical school, where he is appalled at the cold, clinical professionalism that alienates patients from their caregivers. Determined to provide emotional and spiritual relief as well as medicine, Adams clowns around for his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...Formulaic from the word go, with so many trite, overused devices that it could serve as a primer for 'things to avoid when making an original movie.'"
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"This film wants to be loved so much, it pleads with us to believe its black and white message."
‑ Jim Chastain, Norman Transcript
"Preachy and overlong!"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Instead of drama, Patch Adams gives us mere iconography, and wastes Williams's iconoclastic dedicated doc."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Indulges to the hilt every obnoxious, hyperactive, oh-what-I-wouldn't-give-for-a-tranquilizer-gun aspect of Robin Williams' performing style."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...infuriating because it divides the world into fun-loving rebels and uptight establishment-types"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A little too conventional and predictable for my taste. However, when the ending came, the whole effect of the movie was pretty much ruined."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"The picture takes too many emotional shortcuts and ends on a heavily sentimental note it dooesn't earn."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Almost every scene triggers a sense of deja vu!"
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Has obviously been made for an audience that has never seen a movie before."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The true story of a Virginia medical student who breaks all the rules by daring to proclaim that the best medicine for patients is love, laughter and play."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you can suspend disbelief at every odds-defying incident and mind-blowing improbability, the inspirational message may work on you like magic. If not, the film falls flat as a 60-second souffle."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Another assembly-line vehicle!"
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
More reviews for Patch Adams on Rotten Tomatoes

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