Julian Roman - MovieWeb
The movie bops along with a happy, jumping, kinetic vitality. Is it a coincidence that R2-D2 looks as if he would fit right in with the misfit bots?
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A reminder that when it comes to innovative animated entertainment for all ages, there is Pixar, there is Japan and there is everybody else.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The innovative look is undercut by the predictable story and a drawn-out, overblown ending.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Moves along at an entertaining, if increasingly familiar clip.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
As miraculous as the setting is and the realization of Wedge's vision, the story fails to really engage on any level save the kinetic.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
A funny, vividly made technorama that is always splendid to look at.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Robots is a corporate product, after all -- but a sleek one.
Ben Kenigsberg - Village Voice
For a movie that rails against the notion of creative artists toiling amid corporate gloom, Robots often feels calculated and mass-produced.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Packed with unexpected charms.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Technically, the film is a triumph.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Nothing but net.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Like Finding Nemo, this is a movie that is a joy to behold entirely apart from what it is about.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Despite the occasional dent, Robots emerges as a compelling bit of comic clockwork.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
A visual delight.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Robots is in high gear from start to finish.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fully entertaining and visually astonishing if a bit spare in the story department, Robots is nonetheless a 100-percent guaranteed kid-pleaser that will also bowl over adults.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The animation, and the creation of a world populated entirely by mechanical people, is impressive, but the plot is non-existent and the all-too-distant characters blend together in a mass of clanking gears and creaky sight gags.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Despite a script with more second-hand parts than many of its title characters, Robots inspires sufficient wonderment to impress as spectacle.
Joe Leydon - Variety
The sophistication of its humor is at the level of The Simpsons, and the computer animation is a wonder.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The wittiest and most ambitious computer animated toon to ever come from somebody other than Pixar.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Feels shopworn and rote.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Software has rarely made hardware look as attractive as it does in Robots.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The visuals have so much intrinsic motion that it's too bad Robots is oppressively rollercoasterish.
David Edelstein - Slate
Robots is more than a load of spare parts, but there are some sprockets and rivets missing.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Dazzling landscapes feature Rube Goldberg contraptions and visual gags that turn our world on its head.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Will keep adults amused while the kids focus on Robot City's highway system.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Cute, clangy, hyperactive, really shiny, completely inorganic (except for the flatulence jokes) and totally hermetic.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Endearing "follow your dreams" story with plenty of laughs.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The movie's admirable theme, that there are things more important than profit, comes across under the virtuoso visuals that peak when endless falling dominos turn into a veritable ocean of the little black blocks being surfed by a robot.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
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Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
A computer-generated animated adventure featuring few product placements, which is quite a departure from the norm for such children's fare.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A fun ride with plenty of laughs, excitement and touching moments about living out your dreams no matter your make, model or build.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Time Out
... in a world populated by living machines, not a single soul can be found...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Priceless special effects of the cast talking about doing the voices of these mechanical 'bots with a heart...
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Although Robots has great animation, wonderful visual invention, and a few clever jokes, it has no compelling characters or story to hold them together.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
"Robots" is fraught with silly one-liners, plot contrivances and predictable solutions. There's nothing for mature minds except toilet humor.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
If only they had taken another year to create a story worthy of the design!
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Does not suffer from Shark Tale syndrome; instead a good story with a good message and great performances.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The story holds it back from the "classic" status... All the same, Robots is cute and colorful. Kids will love it and parents will be entertained enough not to mind.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Far more interested in yelling 'look what we can do!' than in developing any of its characters or livening up its recycled story.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The film is very imaginative and you need to see it several times to appreciate the humor.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Mechanically solid, and that's all most youngsters will care about.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
This giddy exposition is polished in its nostalgic atmospheric look but has been assembled with the simplistic precision of piecing together a Tonka toy truck
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A technically fine looking yet dull-as-drill-bits movie whose busy animation creates 90 minutes of chaos onscreen.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The subject of robots is reduced to a cute story rather than being motivated by a substantial theme.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Cleverly clanky and colorful.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
An innate awareness that generating underarm faux flatulence is difficult when you're made of metal, but not impossible, is just the spirit we need to see more often.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Amazingly, even the presence of two of the funniest human beings on earth, Williams and Brooks, doesn't help.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Though it takes a while to find its (ball) bearings, Robots is a consistently inventive visual experience.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
The first of this year's CG treats.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
The story is predictable, mediocre and clichéd, but visually, the film is marvelous.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The tin-bucket robots characters are just as robotic in personality as they are in form, thus they never come across as being particularly interesting or sympathetic.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
McGregor makes a solid lead but the standout is Amanda Bynes as Piper, who steals almost every scene she's in - she should do more voiceover work.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A computer-animated kiddie film built from spare parts.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Along with its computer-animated thrill rides, Robots' tin men and ladies really do have a heart.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Another pile of junk on Hollywood's ever-growing scrap heap.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
When a film's primary source of pleasure comes from sights half-hidden in the background, there's something terribly amiss.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
E um alivio constatar que ainda ha realizadores que sabem utilizar a tecnologia nao como um fim em si mesma, mas como mera ferramenta para dar vida a imaginacao dos artistas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
While the story is flat and the characters are boring, Robotssucceeds as a nice, Marxist cartoon.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Lacks all the magic of ICE AGE. The film is entertaining but it is definitely second-rate as current animated features go. It has some good ideas, but overall it tanks.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Una fantasia con las tuercas bien aceitadas. Fastuoso estilo visual.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The creators of "Robots" deserve a solid "A" in this effort......
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The movie's breakneck pace proves to be its biggest drawback.
Peter Debruge - Premiere Magazine
I wouldn't scrap the whole thing, but an upgrade on some parts probably would have been a wise investment.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Robots displays a tin ear for endearing characters and storytelling
Christian Toto - Washington Times
That Robin Williams sure is something else! He is the perfect goofball sidekick to the soft-spoken, thoughtful Ewan McGregor in this delightful adventure.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There's no story here. It has a kind of an interesting look. It's sweet and it's just not funny at all. The jokes are very tired.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A strangely muted color scheme gives the movie a rather dull look. Its script is similarly uninspired.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Robots has the nuts-and-bolts basics of quality computer animation and family fun, even if the script lacks a certain polish.
James Rocchi - Netflix
...innocent, charming, colorful and vibrant, and made all the more rich by a narrative plunge that engages audiences of several ages
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Robots overcomes the script weaknesses like so much sand in the gears - and proves itself to be a well-oiled entertainment machine.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A Transformer of a kids' movie that reconfigures itself into a literal depiction of the idea that Big Money wants to throw the old, rusty and broken onto the scrap heap.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Joins 'Bicententennial Man' as another reason for Robin Williams to stay away from robot movies.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I sat in my seat for 90 minutes enthralled by the look of the film and laughing continually at the endlessly clever jokes. Robots is wonderful family entertainment.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Finally, a smart, funny movie that's family friendly!
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Dazzling set-pieces keep things ticking over.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
The movie can be funny in fits, but too often the scripters go for the obvious and uninspired.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Uniquely suited to computer-generated animation, and the filmmakers have paid particular attention to character detail like dents, rust and chipped paint.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
'Robots' isn't a joyless experience, but the thought, effort and expense that went into casting Jay Leno as a fire hydrant might have been better placed elsewhere.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
...an enjoyable waste of time
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Kids will probably like it more than adults but this is a film that, for the most part, parents will be able to enjoy rather than endure.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Though adults will yawn and stretch, the kiddies will like it. And that's the important thing.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Clever rather than heartfelt. Still, it's a high grade of clever, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Children should enjoy it without reservation.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Visually spectacular and never less than amusing.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
It's not high-brow science fiction, and I'm okay with that.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It may not shatter any molds, but it clicks along in a genial, spirited manner.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Robots is most like Polar Express. It may represent a new zenith for computer animation, but the uninspired story drags the film into obsolescence.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
Despite minor quibbles, I felt great joy while discovering a whole new animated world in 'Robots.'
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A film with the soul of a pinball machine.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
a satisfying follow-up to 'Ice Age,' the 2002 smash that put Wedge's Blue Sky Studios on the map.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Robots is brilliant and warm family fun! The animation is eye-poppingly beautiful!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A collection of thrill rides and chase sequences, and rapid-fire gags.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
...the weakest computer animated film to come along since the birth of the format ten years ago...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A well-calibrated piece of entertainment.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
If its story line isn't exactly novel -- a dreamer son sets off for the Big City to fulfill his destiny and make his poor parents proud -- its look is hypnotically visionary.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Robots is a dazzling visual spectacle that will delight children of all ages. I guess I'm the only one who wonders why as much care and cleverness can't go into the script and the characters and the plot as go in to those dazzling visuals.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This is the way things tend to go in Robots: boys go forth and girls stand by.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
What else suggests a complete surrender of effort, imagination, and skill better than an extended flatulence joke between all the metallic characters?
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
A gem of pacing, humor and fun... for those of you keeping score, that's exactly how a movie should be made.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
A frolicsome and endlessly creative animated feature.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
For a movie that supposedly values people's character over their appearance, it's ironic that the only thing memorable about Robots is how wonderful it looks.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Robots shows its concept wheels very obviously, but it is entertaining, visually spectacular, and in a few moments (like a scene with millions of ball bearings) beautiful.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
For an animated movie accompanied by its own line of Burger King toys and sugary breakfast cereal, Robots certainly provides a lot of Kafkaesque moments for the kiddies.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
The story doesn't go in any unexpected directions, but with such fabulous visuals ... it doesn't have to.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Despite the presence of some finely tooled parts, the new animated feature Robots lumbers under the weight of a story that might have rolled off a Hollywood assembly line.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
If you're looking for another Toy Story, with its winning combination of winking innocence, witty storytelling and wondrous virtual reality, you won't find it in Robots.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
A trip worth taking, even if it doesn't go anywhere particularly, gleamingly new.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
If Shrek was Raging Bull and The Incredibles was Million Dollar Baby, Robots is one of the Rocky sequels.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
... boasts some of the same antic slapstick that made Ice Age such frosty fun, [but] this new animated feature represents a quantum leap forward in both heart and art.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Robots is packed with so many funny cultural references and movie tributes you'll forgive the thin plot that starts to squeak slightly in its final third.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Robots, while technologically cool, isn't aimed at children, but rather at the larger humans who hang out with them.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Fine, if you don't mind a few kinks.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Often funny and technically impressive.
Jack Garner - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Clever and charming.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Robots breaks no new ground, just wind. If this marginally entertaining yarn makes any new strides, it's in ... robot-ily function toilet humor.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Even when the jokes are so predictable the punch lines seem preprogrammed, there is inevitably some visual business to keep us occupied, and to keep Robots merrily clanking along.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Robots is often dazzling to look at and has the requisite items for a ripping tale of good versus evil, but for this viewer, it just wasn't that easy to warm up to metalheads.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The script from Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, which provides enough sophistication, wit and, yes, a token flush of bathroom humor, to appeal to all age ranges.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...there wasn't much about the film that stuck with me as I walked out of the theater...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This thinly scripted but brilliantly animated comedy feels as clunky and mechanical as its characters.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
Robots seems designed for children with short attention spans, bombarding them with colour and movement and throwing in some ideas just for good measure.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
While the intelligence level is definitively family-friendly, it only occasionally manages to rise to the heights of current Pixar benchmark The Incredibles.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Possibly recommendable if there isn't anything better (i/e anything from Pixar) playing."
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Director Chris Wedge has made progress since Ice Age. His new picture is shorter, sharper and better cast vocally.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Deserves two separate grades - a perfect four-star mark for its breathtaking computer animation and a mediocre two-star mark for its tasteless humor.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
a cute, funny, heartwarming movie with great visual effects
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Un film d'animation colore, leger et tres amusant.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Doesn't contain a whole lot to grasp onto and take away with you, but it's pleasurable and bright and inoffensive while it lasts.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As animation, it's brilliant. If only the story was as sharp.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
It feels like they sat around thinking of robot-world gags and neglected everything else.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Just like its endearing hero, this movie is assembled from hand-me-down parts but it has so much heart that it becomes irresistibly fresh and downright adorable.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
It is what the film's lacking - characters or real drama - that keeps it from becoming something better.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Like the chrome chassis its villains so ruthlessly hawk, there's a lot of empty space underneath that sparkling shine.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The film is suffused with clever visual ideas but on a storytelling level, Robots is in dire need of an upgrade.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
....clever writing, ingenious throwaway sight gags, in-jokes galore, good messages and cute characters
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A blast of fun for the whole family, Robots is a clean and precision-tuned entertainment machine.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
How can something so richly ambitious in look and design be so unambitious in personality?
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Nimble and imaginative.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Older kids should enjoy the roller-coaster ride of near constant action. For the 6-and-younger set, there are a few well-timed bodily-function jokes to get them belly laughing a few times.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Robots looks custom-designed but feels factory-assembled.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
This lively and visually striking animated comical romp succeeds simply because it remembers its story and characters.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Itself seems recycled...as far as these kinds of movies go, it's mediocre--sporadically amusing but never hilarious, and curiously flat despite all the frantic motion.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I'm hard-pressed not to recommend Robots as an energetic family-movie distraction...[but] plotting is...mechanical.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
a lot of fun, I just wish that these tin men had a bit more heart.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
The first 20 minutes of Robots are wonderful. Then, Robin Williams shows up and sucks the life out of it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
...a fun little film with some good moments...
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Dean Essner - AV Club
...with Robin Williams and Mel Brooks bringing their individuality to the front of the assembly line, Robots succeeds as an eye-popping visual feast with heart.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The visuals are spectacular at times, but the screenplay is trite, intermittently vulgar, and just not funny.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Brisk, funny and smart about its themes without going too far. What doesn't compute are strained fart jokes and the mania of Robin Williams. He should be outmoded.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
A picture made by artists who have some imagination wrestling with a screenplay by professional hand-crankers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel that doesn't have any.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
If it's not high art, Robots' buoyant tone eventually overwhelms you and wins you over.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Robots isn't a home run, but it's a solid double.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The picture feels less like the carefully thought-out stories of animated movies such as Finding Nemo and Shrek than a stand-up comedy routine with illustrations.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
What was the point in Ewan McGregor doing an American accent? A well known Scottish voice imitating a generic American? Just get Frankie Muniz and save the money.
Fred Topel - About.com
Long after androids have rebelled against human subservience and destroyed us all, predictable stories and sugar-sweet endings will live on.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Robots isn't so much a movie as it is a wild theme park ride disguised as a feature film.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
...most of these robot gags were already done, and better, on TV's Futurama.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Parents do talk to each other and word will spread...this one is good!
John Venable - Supercala.com
if you miss out on Robots this year, you're missing out on a lot
Robert Strohmeyer - Filmcritic.com
Basically a bunch of recycled gags from Matt Groening's woefully under-appreciated Futurama.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Futuristic cityscapes animated to cutting-edge perfection and a narrative paced like a well-oiled machine.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Shares more in common with an average episode of Scooby Doo than it does with Monster's Inc.
Joshua Tyler - Charleston City Paper
Robots more or less confirms that production studio Blue Sky is likely to be remembered as the Jan to Pixar's Marcia and PDI's Cindy.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
With its expensive but largely characterless voice cast and an off-the-shelf follow-your-dreams plot...Robots is lucky to have spectacular production design...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Wonderfully entertaining! Visually tantalizing! Musically upbeat! A modern animation with the spirit of The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
A smart, snappy energy to the dialogue that gives the film a zesty flavor rarely found in the genre.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Robots is everything an animated feature should be.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Witty, smart, and neither written down nor schmutzed up in order to appeal to a particular demographic. . . the writers have given themselves over to pure sense of fun.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews