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: December 25, 1998
DVD 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.

Joe Leydon

Williams pulls out all the stops in a lead role that gives him carte blanche to careen between extremes of silliness and sentimentality; he tries too hard, too obviously, much like the pic itself.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia!

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Angie Errigo
Radio Times

The pat manipulation of emotions comes with a dangerously high level of saccharin. But anyone who's ever felt aggrieved by impersonal treatment from the medical establishment will enjoy Williams's system-bucking antics.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A movie of depth and delight!

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The worst film of 1998 was also one of the worst films of its entire decade, but it panders so shamelessly in an effort to manipulate every conceivable human emotion that it was instantly embraced by easy-to-please filmgoers.

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Paul Tatara

Though he really does seem like a swell person, I've always liked Williams better in theory than I do in practice. And this blubbering ass-kiss of a movie is very possibly the last straw.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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

Sight and Sound

Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% 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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