D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

A ten-year-old boy (Barret Oliver) found at the edge of a road is picked up and later adopted by a young childless couple (Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean). They begin to raise him, but find that he has several odd habits. When another… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 14, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child.

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Time Out

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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Although highly derivative of ET, WarGames and others, this science-fiction drama is still a charming, lightweight diversion.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

To be sure, we`re not talking about a bad movie, just one that could have been so much better.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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People Magazine

For moviegoers with sky-high imaginations and mushy hearts, D.A.R.Y.L. satisfies like a summertime chocolate-chip ice-cream cone.

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Variety Staff

Second half of the picture is the most far-fetched and also the most fun ...

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

'80s robot-becomes-human story falls flat.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A very sweet, very good-natured, very silly film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Astounding to see there is an 80's movie left that I haven't seen! I have to say that I enjoyed this vastly more than my recent revisiting of The… More
Dean King
An ok family 80's action/drama film.
Aj V
Gosh, I saw this such a long time ago, I don't remember it, I should watch it again some day.
Ross Collins
Mostly memorable for the scene where the Daryl flies the SR-71 Blackbird, what a moment to see a kid in the '80s. I used to get parts of D.A.R.Y.L.… More
Candy Rose
Daryl is a boy genius who lives with his foster parents. The government soon come after him.
Jason Spencer
Pretty good. The story is there but there are a few holes here and there. The tech is a little funny in today's world but the story works anyway.