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Robots Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The video-game sequences are impressive, but you know that a 'toon is in big trouble when its most powerful theme is planned obsolescence.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    If sheer cleverness were everything, Robots would be the best computer-animated cartoon yet…Yet, unlike the very best CG animation, Robots doesn't quite connect with the emotions and humor for which one yearns in cartoons.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The voice talent behind Robots reads like a who's who of comic actors...But too much reliance is placed on their star power and not enough on an interesting and fresh idea.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Zippy, enjoyable sci-fi slapstick jamboree.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Endearing "follow your dreams" story with plenty of laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has cartoon-style peril and violence with some thrill-ride-ish special effects. There's a little potty language ("booty," "fanny") plus some potty jokes, including an extended fart joke sequence. There's also some mild sexual humor, including jokes about cross-dressing and "fixing" a dog. Great messages abound about following your dreams and not giving up.

  • Families can talk about the great messages here of not giving up and following your dreams. What other movies have characters that are both resilient and big dreamers?
  • How do Rodney's and Ratchet's ideas about helping people differ? Why doesn't Crank want to try and what changes his mind? What's the difference between Bigweld's and Ratchet's views on what a corporation should do?
  • Why did Rodney say that the most important thing his parents gave him was believing in him? Who can you help by believing in them?
  • If you could be an inventor like Rodney, what would you like to invent?
  • Families might like to learn about the history of inventions and becoming an inventor.

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true5

    Messages: In this familiar story with a twist (robots instead of people) there are several clearly stated messages: “Follow Your Dreams"; “Never, Never Give Up"; and “You Can Shine No Matter What You Are Made Of.” When the greedy corporation adapts the slogan “Why be you when you can be new,” the heroes counter that slogan and everyone learns the value of repairing and revitalizing the old, sturdy favorites.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Rodney Copperbottom is a hero who is smart, loyal, compassionate, courageous, steadfast, and doesn’t give up no matter what the odds. His father’s greatest gift to him is believing in his son and letting him go out into the world to prove himself and realize his dream of making the world a better place. The two villains are greedy and care nothing for their fellow robots. Rodney has a group of friends who also prove their loyalty and individual worth.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoon chases, falls, captures, and battles take place. Because all the players are robots, the most serious threat is that of being melted down in a “chop shop’s” fiery oven and turned into scrap metal. Many of the action sequences are funny in that the characters' vulnerable body parts are metal and made of a variety of ordinary objects (pots, pans, screwdrivers, utensils). The two villains, a mother and son combination, are greedy, ruthless corporate types who may look or sound scary to the very youngest viewer.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some flirtatious behavior between two sets of characters. A very few humorous sexual references (i.e. cross dressing) that will most likely go over the heads of most youngsters.

  • language false1

    Language: No actual swearing or coarse language with the exception of a short sequence of farting, which includes a fart contest.  Other words used are “fanny,” “booty,” and a pun when one robot “gets screwed.”

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In one party scene, robot characters are seen drinking “oil” from martini glasses and champagne flutes.