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Detroit Free Press:
Even when the jokes are so predictable the punch lines seem preprogrammed, there is inevitably some visual business to keep us occupied, and to keep Robots merrily clanking along.
New York Post:
The sophistication of its humor is at the level of The Simpsons, and the computer animation is a wonder.
Robert K. Elder,
Despite the occasional dent, Robots emerges as a compelling bit of comic clockwork.
If you're looking for another Toy Story, with its winning combination of winking innocence, witty storytelling and wondrous virtual reality, you won't find it in Robots.
San Francisco Chronicle:
For an animated movie accompanied by its own line of Burger King toys and sugary breakfast cereal, Robots certainly provides a lot of Kafkaesque moments for the kiddies.
The visuals have so much intrinsic motion that it's too bad Robots is oppressively rollercoasterish.
Ebert & Roeper:
There's no story here. It has a kind of an interesting look. It's sweet and it's just not funny at all. The jokes are very tired.
The animation, and the creation of a world populated entirely by mechanical people, is impressive, but the plot is non-existent and the all-too-distant characters blend together in a mass of clanking gears and creaky sight gags.
A funny, vividly made technorama that is always splendid to look at.
Los Angeles Times:
Cute, clangy, hyperactive, really shiny, completely inorganic (except for the flatulence jokes) and totally hermetic.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Children should enjoy it without reservation.
The movie bops along with a happy, jumping, kinetic vitality. Is it a coincidence that R2-D2 looks as if he would fit right in with the misfit bots?
The film is suffused with clever visual ideas but on a storytelling level, Robots is in dire need of an upgrade.
Robots looks custom-designed but feels factory-assembled.
New York Daily News:
For a movie that rails against the notion of creative artists toiling amid corporate gloom, Robots often feels calculated and mass-produced.
New York Times:
A reminder that when it comes to innovative animated entertainment for all ages, there is Pixar, there is Japan and there is everybody else.
The wittiest and most ambitious computer animated toon to ever come from somebody other than Pixar.
Robots is more than a load of spare parts, but there are some sprockets and rivets missing.
Like Finding Nemo, this is a movie that is a joy to behold entirely apart from what it is about.
Will keep adults amused while the kids focus on Robot City's highway system.
The innovative look is undercut by the predictable story and a drawn-out, overblown ending.
Despite a script with more second-hand parts than many of its title characters, Robots inspires sufficient wonderment to impress as spectacle.
As miraculous as the setting is and the realization of Wedge's vision, the story fails to really engage on any level save the kinetic.