Robots 2005

Critics score:
64 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: The sophistication of its humor is at the level of The Simpsons, and the computer animation is a wonder. Read more

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: Despite the occasional dent, Robots emerges as a compelling bit of comic clockwork. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: 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. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, 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. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: The visuals have so much intrinsic motion that it's too bad Robots is oppressively rollercoasterish. Read more

Richard Roeper, 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. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Nimble and imaginative. Read more

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Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: 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. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: A funny, vividly made technorama that is always splendid to look at. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: Cute, clangy, hyperactive, really shiny, completely inorganic (except for the flatulence jokes) and totally hermetic. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Packed with unexpected charms. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Children should enjoy it without reservation. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Nothing but net. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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? Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Technically, the film is a triumph. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: The film is suffused with clever visual ideas but on a storytelling level, Robots is in dire need of an upgrade. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Robots looks custom-designed but feels factory-assembled. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: It may not shatter any molds, but it clicks along in a genial, spirited manner. Read more

Jami Bernard, 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. Read more

A.O. Scott, 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: The wittiest and most ambitious computer animated toon to ever come from somebody other than Pixar. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Robots is more than a load of spare parts, but there are some sprockets and rivets missing. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Like Finding Nemo, this is a movie that is a joy to behold entirely apart from what it is about. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Robots is in high gear from start to finish. Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Software has rarely made hardware look as attractive as it does in Robots. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: Feels shopworn and rote. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Will keep adults amused while the kids focus on Robot City's highway system. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: The innovative look is undercut by the predictable story and a drawn-out, overblown ending. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: Despite a script with more second-hand parts than many of its title characters, Robots inspires sufficient wonderment to impress as spectacle. Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice: Robots is a corporate product, after all -- but a sleek one. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Moves along at an entertaining, if increasingly familiar clip. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: 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. Read more