Short Circuit
Short Circuit (1986)

An intelligent, lovable robot known as "Number 5" escapes from a secret research facility and learns to interact with the world at large in this successful comedy. The project's chief technician attempts to track down the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 9, 1986
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Amiable and good-natured but also shallow and predictable, Short Circuit is hardly as deep or emotionally resonant as E.T. -- though Johnny Five makes for a charming robot protagonist.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons.

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Time Out

A message film to please all ages.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Number Five is the real star of this energetic film. Sheedy, Guttenberg and company are just supporting players.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's basically a kid's movie, and quite possibly the kids will like it. But they'll have to be fairly young kids.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Youngsters will love this hip spoof on hardware movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Way way before the likes of Wall-E and the recent Chappie there was Johnny 5 (Number 5), a prototype military robot built for use in the Cold War against the… More
Aj V
A fun family film about a robot, somewhat like the new Wall-E movie, but with real people. I really liked this movie, it's a fun adventure.
Alex roy
Amusing, creative and memorable Sci Fi comedy, Short Circuit is a well crafted picture with some good effects, fun performance by its well chosen cast, and it… More
danny d
a classic, all should see this one
Michael Edwards
a great character Johnny 5 and great comedy, and a great plot, with lovable characters, and great acting
Cassie Hill
The cutest movie. I love Johnny 5!!!!! :) & I love Steve Guttenberg, he is so cute & I adore Ally Sheedy as well!!! :) Just a great 80s movie!!! :)