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Struck by lightning, an endearing little robot known only as "Number 5" escapes from an experimental electronics firm. Technician Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and his indecipherable East Indian assistant, Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens), set out to locate Number 5 before the military can go through with its plans to destroy the robot. Number 5 takes refuge with loopy Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy), who is convinced that the mechanical man is an extraterrestrial. Hoping to teach the "alien" all about Earth, she fills Number 5's memory banks with reams of pop culture --… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A message film to please all ages."
‑ , Time Out
"Number Five is the real star of this energetic film. Sheedy, Guttenberg and company are just supporting players."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"John Badham's Pinocchio story is sweet, silly and now charmingly old-fashioned."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"Short Circuit may prove a summer hit for all the wrong reasons: It aspires to be no more than a recycled remembrance of films past."
‑ , People Magazine
"One of the stranger ironies to be found in Hollywood these days is that some of its most resourceful directors use high-tech wizardry and state-of- the-art movie technology to make films that rail against the tyranny of science."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie, which has the clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney comedy, is nicely acted by Miss Sheedy, who demonstrates a light-comedy touch not unlike Amy Irving's [and] Mr. Guttenberg."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A film that demands emotional connections with a robot whose voice is one of the most annoying ever produced. Give us Hal, R2-D2 or a barber shop quartet of Daleks any day."
‑ Gavin Bainbridge, Empire Magazine
"No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The human actors are secondary, for the real star of the show is Number 5. He's really pretty charming, though his unusual antics aren't enough to carry a feature-length motion picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy's affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's basically a kid's movie, and quite possibly the kids will like it. But they'll have to be fairly young kids."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A movie for kids of all ages, with enough pace and effects to amuse the youngsters and humour plus message to engage adults."
‑ , Film4
"An affable yet forgettable effort..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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