“This Is One KICK-ASS Movie!”
“Not Great And Not Bad”
“It Gets Off To A Slow Start And A Lot Of The Dialogue Doesn't Work, But This Is The Perfect "summer Movie" In A Summer Where Those Are Lacking.”
A routine Will Smith cop-on- the-hunt thriller at heart, I, Robot lacks imaginative excitement.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
'Suggested by' Isaac Asimov's book of short stories, Alex Proyas's hectic thriller engages some interesting ideas on its way to an overblown and incoherent ending.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Performances, plot and pacing are as mechanical as the hard-wired cast.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
For the most part, this is thrilling fun.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Succeed on its own terms as an entertaining mid-season popcorn movie.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The sort of multiplex-buster that depends more on editing and production design than on story line.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Rather than a thoughtful adaptation of a venerated piece of sci-fi lit, we get a dumbed-down litany of deliberate cliches and digital white noise.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
I, Robot is fun, even when it relies a bit too much on standard police-procedure cliches.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Plays like a compendium of summer blockbusters.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
I, Robot is yet another summer entree in which good intentions are stymied by excessive bric-a-brac.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
An engaging CGI-fueled ride.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The plot is simple-minded and disappointing, and the chase and action scenes are pretty much routine for movies in the sci-fi CGI genre.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A high-tech thriller that really works -- both because of its eye-popping visual feats and the ideas and humanity behind them.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
I, Robot is less compelling as a drama of the human enslavement of androids than it is an intriguing vision of a treeless, cashless future.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
While it's not in a league with Blade Runner, The Terminator or even Robocop, I, Robot is an efficiently designed, well-oiled machine.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Will Smith fans will likely be disappointed, and lovers of fine cinema best look elsewhere. But if you're looking for robots going crazy, this one's worth your money.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Those who are unfamiliar with Asimov's work may enjoy I, Robot as a summer popcorn movie. It's just unfortunate that it's not more.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
For all its flaws, I, Robot is arresting to look at.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A failure of imagination.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Surprisingly smart, cool-looking, nicely paced and well-acted.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A middling entertainment.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A CGI-laced action movie cum merchandising opportunity, warped into insensate silliness by the pop-iconic demands of Smith's megabucks macho action-hero persona and peppered with stock cop-on-the- edge action-movie situations.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
A movie of its kind and of its time -- functional, professional, slickly manufactured and slouching toward consciousness -- I, Robot is a perfect slave to mechanical convention.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Strives to be so many things that it ultimately falls away to nothing, a heap of expensive metal parts.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
David Edelstein - Slate
By adeptly combining action and ideas, it proves that Hollywood can still produce astonishing entertainment.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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, this movie falls woefully short.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Although Asimov's core conceit remains intact, the movie essentially plays out like an off-the-rack 1990s action flick.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Will Smith almost redeems generic man vs. machine actioner.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
Pretty to look at but there's not much under the hood in this Isaac Asimov-based futuristic murder mystery...
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It feels like an anonymous Hollywood studio film that overwhelmed the director with the demands to fashion a blockbuster vehicle for its star.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
The movie is at least a bit less annoying than director Alex Proyas' previous two genre attempts.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Smith's occasional sullenness suggests he is itching for another Ali-like chance to prove his acting chops even as he slums his way through another high-tech shoot-'em-up.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
- Time Out
- Film Threat
If you are looking for proof that Hollywood has completely run out of ideas, check out I, Robot.
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
As I, Robot details how Smith must fight for his survival against an army of white men whom he alone knows are evil, the film might have been called 'I, Hollywood'.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
For those who like their sci-fi to have the depth and breadth of comic books.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
...passable as a vibrating escapist flick in spite of Proya's sporadically flat direction and the uneven interpretation of Asimov's wry commentary
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
An enjoyable action flick.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A dull, derivative [film] with no new ideas and a main character who, while clearly simple-minded, is somehow the smartest guy in the story.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Nobody is going to mistake this future noir for Spielberg's Minority Report, but for a light-headed adrenaline rush, it works pretty well.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The extras begin with an intelligent, interesting and thorough audio commentary by director Alex Proyas and writer Akiva Goldsman.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A film so detached from Asimov's vision, it emerges as a destabilized attempt at reworking an already-polished concept.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Based on Isaac Asimov's short story collection and directed by Alex Proyas, who did much better with 'Dark City' and 'The Crow.'
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
This is jaw-droppingly juvenile and insulting to my intelligence. Perhaps its subject matter is obsolete. Asimov deserved better.
Michael Drakulich - Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
An uninspired, recycled action thriller.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Whether there's anything substantial under the sheen and CGI of Alex Proyas' glistening future vision is debatable, but this enjoyable, engrossing picture is at least intelligently artificial.
Nev Pierce - BBC
It may or may not come as a surprise, but Will Smith is out-acted by the robots.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Better than anyone had any right to expect.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
...The key to what makes "I, Robot" work is a well thought out script...
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
This summer picture has a brain as well as muscles.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
A multi-villain axis of evil and a pulpy vision that feels machine-hacked.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Os resquicios da obra original de Asimov sao o bastante para que possamos sair do cinema razoavelmente satisfeitos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Proyas succumbs to the inane post-Matrix tendency to pump up action sequences with sudden moments of slow motion gymnastics that are almost laughable
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A B-movie blast about power and greed
James Christopher - Times [UK]
It's all mechanically done, but at least I Robot manages to be entertaining.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
rises above plot holes and stilted dialogue just enough to be a fun Sunday afternoon Matinee
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
A-by-the-numbers action film retrofitted as a sci-fi work of art.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
...better than I ever expected it to be on most levels.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Props itself up with allusions to Deep Thoughts but in reality is just a long action movie gussied up in special effects.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Far from perfect, but it's entertaining, well-executed and definately worth a look.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
I, Robot succeeds where other movies that blend science fiction and mystery fiction have failed.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A fun , surprisingly smart ride that is also true to the spirit of Asimov's more thoughtful and low-key work.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
...every once in awhile, this summer popcorn sci-fi movie provides a glimmer of Asimov...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
I, Robot is a disappointment not because of what it is, but because of what it could have been.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
- Sunday Times (Australia)
Mixing animation and live action nearly seamlessly, I, ROBOT turns Isaac Asimov's robot world into the backdrop for a prosaic summer action film.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
- Boston Phoenix
I, Robot is the meanest, meatiest, coolest, most engaging and exciting science fiction movie in a long time.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
I, Robot is the summer's best action movie so far. It proves that you don't necessarily need to detach your brain in order to walk into a big budget summer blockbuster.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
It's a hard thing to pay attention to, as you'll be too busy analyzing the inherent impossibilities created by the plot holes and groaning loudly over the '70s-era TV-cop-show schtick.
- Orlando Weekly
I, Robot fails to do much of anything other than take our money and repay us with some moments of CGI-induced spectacle and a handful of rehashed ideas.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
It's good to know that, in the future, we can still thaw out a cryogenically-preserved Will Smith to save the world every July.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
I, Robot is that rare entry among summer blockbusters -- a film with something on its mind.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
...feels like a promising (if brazenly derivative) sci-fi actioner that was at some crucial point hijacked by the ego of a desperately needy superstar.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
When 'I, Robot' digs in to deliver the goods, it does so with first-rate action and special effects sequences that are thrilling.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A thinking person's action picture ... it is definitely one of this summer's better blockbusters.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Delivers the goods as a zippy piece of sci-fi pulp.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
While not a classic by any means, is still a mostly entertaining experience.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
The film's accumulation of unnecessary complications, bad visual choices, one completely superfluous character (LaBeouf), and tonally inappropriate quips makes us distractedly ponder the limits of human rather than artificial intelligence.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
It's a good, workmanlike popcorn movie, but nothing more
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Pasajera, veraniega y con formulas probadas, seguro que generara ingresos, a costa de dejarnos en la espera de una cinta que rinda tributo a Asimov con dignidad.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Baltimore Sun
Maybe we should start having robots write movie scripts.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
I, Robot may not break much new ground, but it's engaging enough in what it does to keep the viewer interested.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
I, Robot is an enthralling bit of genre fiction; overcoming an uncertainty of focus with a handful of terrific scenes.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The plot isn't very smart or exciting, but the action, including the scene in which the house is demolished, is spectacular.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Pretty to look at but as cold and removed as its title character.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
You hope for another "Independence Day" but what you get is another "Wild, Wild West".
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
... a slick, consistently entertaining thrill ride ...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Best of all, this is a story that's actually about something.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's fun, sure, but uninspired. We've seen it all before... Will Smith does his old Will Smith thing again, with only the minimum level of actual entertainment to dress it up.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A robot must protect itself as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law, the Law of Thermodynamics, the Law of the Jungle, or Law and Order: SVU.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Good character development and the great on-screen chemistry between Smith and Bridget Moynahan also give this movie a big boost.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The message is old hat by now, but I, Robot is a genuine Will Smith Movie. What more do you need?
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Despite an admirable effort on the part of its creative team, this new technological thriller is at odds with itself from the very first moments.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Asimov's anthology is an Orwellian cautionary tale (written before the term existed). Alex Proyas' film is a Big Dumb Summer Action Movie starring Will Smith.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
[Asimov] probably would have been 'appalled by' this cartoonish creation.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Bad 'bots, bad 'bots, what ya gonna do?
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Despite its familiar, derivative, yet ironic, story, it's a sleek, stylish, sinister fun-flick with a speculative metaphysical ending that makes you think.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
A real missed opportunity - a potentially groundbreaking film reduced to a mess fit only for the slack-jawed mallrats that it is being aimed...
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
So the unlikely allies: A robot hater, a robot lover and a robot, all team up to solve the case. It's kinda cute.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
As far as popcorn summer flicks go, this one's error-free.
- E! Online
The film goes where you expect, with the rather programmed feel of a 'classic' revisited with both money and zeal.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
There's no swifter way to ruin 'not bad' than a reminder of something truly great... and for I, Robot, that reminder is never further away than the title.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A watchable enough piece of summer entertainment.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Perhaps some day the original Asimov stories will make it to the screen... [T]his I, Robot is one of the best science-fiction films we're likely to see this year.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
An unexpectedly engaging futuristic mystery.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
...what we basically have here is a summer movie disguised as a sci-fi epic. On that level, it works.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Purely mechanical scenario owes much to robot-think, but little to Asimov's scientifically informed humanism.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
In the end, what will be remembered is how disappointing a treatment this is of some pretty revered source material.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
While I, Robot is consistently entertaining and considerably smarter than your average summer action flick, it's never particularly exciting or emotionally compelling.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
An overbudgeted, underscripted, lazy piece of work
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It's an action thriller that races at breakneck speed and dazzles the audience, even if this program still has a few bugs to iron out.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
It's an intriguing mix, if not always a smooth one. Yet, to its credit, I, Robot never gives up on [its] ideas, not even at the height of all the sound and fury.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
...Thrilling, it's intriguing and most of all, a lot of fun. It frankly takes a welcome 'byte' out of every other blockbuster on show at the moment
Clint Morris - Mediasharx
It's a flimsily sketched psychological sci-fi movie that never feels more than being robotic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Smart and remarkably well-plotted.
Jack Garner - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
[E]nough breathtaking visuals to make you forgive the movie its plot holes and its tendency to lapse into product placement parody.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
When Smith and Monaghan are interacting with Sonny the robot, you swear he's a real person who just happens to look a bit odd.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Director Alex Proyas lays on the Tomorrowland awe of shiny metallics, techno-worship and fascist efficiency that make the future look like a nice place to visit.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The Three Laws of Robotics still seem as fresh, compelling and provocative as ever.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
[The screenplay is] good enough to keep things moving, to supply Smith with one- liners and to provide an excuse for the compelling backdrop.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
...a Will Smith cop picture with the slight novelty of having robots as perps.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The script is a lackadaisical and choppy thing, more interested in showing off Smith's buff bod (successfully) and his sharp wit (not so successfully)
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A summer action movie that has a brain and doesn't let it atrophy? Fan me, I'm fainting!
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Substandard Will Smith action-hero vehicle.
Doug Kim - Seattle Times
Taken simply as a Will Smith Summer Blockbuster, I, Robot scores above average.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
This Asimov-inspired adaptation is the rare summer blockbuster that supplies an actual science fiction story - albeit cleverly packaged to look like a 'Will Smith movie.'
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
This movie is blatant when it should have been subtle, and this is never more evident than in the unpleasant performance of its star, Will Smith.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
I, Robot is everything a summer blockbuster should be
Christian Toto - Washington Times