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Flubber Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Although the movie may appeal to kids in the lower grades, it's pretty slow, flat and dumb.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Writer/producer John "Home Alone" Hughes, the Marquis de Sade of kidcom, and director Les Mayfield manage to squeeze the very bounce out of what should have been a can't-miss update. [26Nov1997 Pg09.D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In fact, there are times when this movie feels like the latest installment in the over-milked Home Alone saga.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As computer-generated special effects have grown more advanced, they threaten to overwhelm such minor matters as story, character, and emotion. This, however, is not a problem in Flubber (Walt Disney), an agreeably unhinged slapstick jamboree.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Many kids will enjoy this silly movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has mild nudity (Professor Brainard stumbles into a life-drawing class), mild profanity (almost inaudible), a sad scene where a beloved robot "dies" and dubious ethics -- the film never confront issues of cheating and solving problems with violence.

  • Families can talk about ideas of stereotypes, the ethics of cheating, even for a "good" cause, and using violence as a means of resolving problems.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Stereotypes play a large role, the absent-minded Professor being the hero. There is very little diversity in the cast, no discussion of tolerance.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some flubber-coated golf and bowling balls bash villians, a confrontation with bad guys ends in a Flubber-fuelled fist-fight.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Semi-nudity when the Professor accidentally enters a life-drawing class. Relationship issues.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild profanity. Two characters swear (Damn and Hell) very quietly. It is difficult to understand what they are saying.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The Professor sells his flying car to Ford.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters refer to moderate drinking.

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