Robot & Frank
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Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine"
‑ Chase Whale,
"There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"One of the few movies I've seen where the future is not a dystopic nightmare, 3D-generated phantasmagoria, or otherwise unbelievable peek into a not-too-distant hellworld."
‑ Joshua Topolsky, The Verge
"Christopher D. Ford's seamless screenplay provides a light-comedy vehicle that Langella rides to a satisfyingly original, epiphanic finale."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Often moving and deeply personal, Robot & Frank is a rewarding - if often underdeveloped - antidote to the plethora of loud and overblown movies that tackle the theme of technology's role in our futures"
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Ultimately, it feels as though the filmmakers have settled for the soft option one too many times, and the result is a pleasant but unmemorable watch."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Langella ... is tremendous."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"While the premise certainly makes it stand out from the sea of dysfunctional family dramas, a cute idea alone doesn't quite cut it."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"The robot gives an ironic twist to Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics", and the movie is highly enjoyably for three quarters of the way."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The film tries to say something coherent about important issues such as the descending darkness of old age but misses the mark with most of them."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
""Robot & Frank" hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It may not seem like an even playing field pitting an actor as powerfully intense as Frank Langella opposite a robot, but that's the game plan behind the waywardly endearing, slightly futuristic fantasy Robot & Frank."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A slightly futuristic treatise on aging, family and the pitfalls of mechanical screenwriting."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Explores in subtle and heartbreaking ways how memory becomes a defining part of who were are and where we're going."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A warm drama that drifts into light, goofy comedy, this film is too slight to be a classic, but its subtly sharp-edged script holds our interest and gives the cast something to work with."
‑ Rich Cline,
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