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I, Robot Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Performances, plot and pacing are as mechanical as the hard-wired cast.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Impressive for Patrick Tatopoulos's production design but depressive for the juiceless story.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film works best as a kind of mindless, action-packed B-movie. But on the A-level at which recent science fiction/fantasy films operate -- meaning the "Spider-Man," "Harry Potter" and "Terminator" series -- this movie falls woefully short.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A routine Will Smith cop-on-the-hunt thriller at heart, I, Robot lacks imaginative excitement.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a high-tech thriller that really works.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is a movie to restore the faith of those who had given up on science fiction after "The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions." By adeptly combining action and ideas, it proves that Hollywood can still produce astonishing entertainment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Will Smith almost redeems generic man vs. machine actioner.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though most of the violent attacks are directed at robots, the creatures (some with distinct personalities and human voices) are crushed, dismembered, exploded, shot at, and destroyed. The results of one car crash are particularly intense. Humans are also in danger: a scientist is dead and bloody on the ground having fallen from a great height; repeated flashbacks show a young girl trapped and drowning in a car; a great, military-like force of robots chase and try to kill humans. Swearing is relatively mild, but there are many instances of  "ass," "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "piss," etc. In one early scene, Will Smith is seen in the shower, naked from the back, perhaps to compare the human physical ideal with the robotic form, otherwise it seems gratuitous. Product placement is obvious and frequent.

  • Families can talk about technology. What do you think the filmmakers are trying to say about the fast pace of developing technology? What are the positive effects of the changes? What are the dangers?
  • Do you think that movie violence is easier to watch when the object of destruction is not human? How does that compare to "cartoon" violence?
  • Was the movie successful at creating the year 2035? How did the sets, visual effects, music, and costumes contribute to your experience?
  • Del Spooner seems to be the only person suspicious of the robot culture. What kinds of pressure does he have to face because of his beliefs? How does he change over the course of the story? How does he change others?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Human beings have to be watchful as they develop newer and more complex technology; There is a danger inherent in letting automation take over so many aspects of our lives. The hero faces ridicule and punishment for following through on his beliefs; sometimes doing what you think is right has consequences.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and genders: African-American police officers and supervisors, female scientific expert, etc. Leading character begins as "robo-phobic," but learns to accept, even respect, the robotic beings. 

What to watch for
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    Violence: Heavy on violent Robot versus Human action. Numerous scenes in which robots are shot and "terminated." Robots chase and attack humans in several sequences. A particularly intense car accident results in major destruction of the robots. A little girl is shown trapped underwater in repeated visuals. A dead human body is seen on the floor with blood around the mouth. Character jumps out of window.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Brief shot of naked backside.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent cursing: "ass" in various forms, along with "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "damn," "sonofabitch," "kiss my ass," "pissed off."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Obvious and frequent product placement including JVC, Converse, Fed Ex, and Audi.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some alcohol consumption: drinking from a bottle, social drinking, one high ball.