Patch Adams
Patch Adams (1998)

Based on the true story of a misfit medical student whose unconventional approach to healing causes headaches for the medical establishment but works wonders for the patients.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia!

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...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.'

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Instead of drama, Patch Adams gives us mere iconography, and wastes Williams's iconoclastic dedicated doc.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Indulges to the hilt every obnoxious, hyperactive, oh-what-I-wouldn't-give-for-a-tranquilizer-gun aspect of Robin Williams' performing style.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...infuriating because it divides the world into fun-loving rebels and uptight establishment-types

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

Almost every scene triggers a sense of deja vu!

Rob Gonsalves

Has obviously been made for an audience that has never seen a movie before.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
A Dr. who had changed the way that all doctors had treated their patients and what he had gone through to be accepted as a full on doctor. But how does Robin… More
Chris Weber
This isn't a total failure, but it really missed the opportunity to be great. I blame the writing, and maybe the direction. Not sure if Shadyac was a good… More
Alex roy
Patch Adams is one of those films that deserved to be a very entertaining film, but unfortunately failed to in every respect to deliver something satisfying for… More
KJ Proulx
It doesn't even feel like that good of a movie when it starts, and I know that this film has been hated on by critics, and I have no idea why. Patch Adams… More
Bethany Murphy
Very sad! I loved Robin Williams in this! A must see!
Spencer S.
A true story that makes the eyes well and the diaphragm contract. Funny and heartfelt.

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