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Meet the Robinsons Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

… the best animated Disney movie in years. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    61

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    Metascore®
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Who knows whether the project is meant to be earnest, ironic, post-ironic, made for adults, made for kids, made to teach lessons, or made to be watched in an altered state? All or none...jeez, this thing is one bumpy ride.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The most un-Disneylike cartoon yet from Disney animation. The thing is a hellzapoppin' of eccentric characters, zany situations and wacky gizmos, but little effort has gone into making any of this connect with an audience.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A 3-D fantasy that's lovely to look at but less than delightful to know.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A visual treat with an engaging story that has an uplifting, but not maudlin, message.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    When it enters the future, it's a new-fangled, old-fashioned jim-dandy of a show.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Clever but sometimes scary time-travel adventure.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even very young children will dig this Disney animated adventure, although it may be too intense for some. The story revolves around Lewis, a genius orphan who desperately wants to meet his real mother. There's a sense that he and his friends at the orphanage feel rejected -- he counts 124 couples he's met who don't end up adopting him -- but he's still take care of and encouraged by adults. The cartoon violence is owed mostly to the movie's villains -- a robotic bowler hat and the mysterious mustachioed man who wears it. The Bowler Hat Guy suffers from severe jealousy and bitterness, which is why he wants to ruin Lewis' future. But the future, as it turns out, is bright for all, even Lewis' nemesis. Parents of adopted children may be especially concerned with the way the orphans and the adoption process are depicted.

  • Families can talk about why the Robinsons believe that failing is good. Can you think of a time that you didn't win but you still learned something useful? And, for fun, since Lewis is an aspiring inventor, name some inventions that you think would be useful in the future.
  • How are orphans depicted in the movie? Does the movie make kids who aren't adopted seem sad and lonely? Do you think that's how orphans must feel? Name some other famous orphans in movies and books.
  • How does the movie compare to the William Joyce book on which it's based? Kids: Had you read the book before you watched the movie? If not, did you know it was based on a book?
  • Do you like movies that are based on books/stories more than ones that aren't? What are some of the best book-to-movie adaptations?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids will learn that they shouldn't give up on their dreams or let setbacks get them down. If you learn from your mistakes and keep trying, eventually your experiments will succeed.

  • message true1

    Messages: On a positive note, a boy with every reason to be upset with the world learns to overcome challenges. The central family nurtures creativity and taking risks to follow your dreams. Some parents my be concerned with the sensitive themes of orphans/orphanages, adoption, loneliness and revenge, all of which are explored in the movie. Parents with adopted children may be especially put off with the way the orphans like Lewis are treated by prospective parents, and his thoughts that his biological mother did not love him.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: An orphan boy perseveres in the face of continued adversity. He also doesn't hold a grudge against a bitter former friend and invites him to join his family. An adversary discovers the meaning of friendship. A family is welcoming and encouraging, even when their relatives make mistakes.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: An ominous, robotic bowler hat wreaks havoc in the future, forcing humankind into subservience. Bowler Hat Guy creeps around trying to foil Lewis' plans. A T-rex attacks a family in a house, chases children and at one point picks up a boy with his mouth but eventually has to put him down. Various inventions explode, and a family has a big (humorous) food fight.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Young Lewis and Franny smile flirtatiously at each other.

  • language false1

    Language: Several mild taunts like "booger breath," "pukeface," "butterfingers," "stupid," "geek," "dumb" and the like.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A boy drinks coffee to stay up, while an adult wears patches (reminiscent of nicotine patches) that make her act overly caffeinated. Adults make a toast with what looks like wine but spill it.

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