Box art for I, Robot

I, Robot

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy


While investigating the apparent suicide of a renowned robot designer, a robo-phobic police detective teams with a robo-psychologist and a prototype robot with human emotions to thwart a worldwide revolution! Starring WILL SMITH!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    58%
  • Audience Score
    70%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    58%
    reviews counted: 21
    see all I, Robot reviews
  • Audience

    70%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Succeed on its own terms as an entertaining mid-season popcorn movie.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, July 16, 2004

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

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, July 16, 2004

Rotten: Ring-a-ding dull.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, August 11, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

When a prominent robotic scientist seemingly commits suicide, robot-hating detective Will Smith suspects that one of his creations is the true culprit. Well, it's a Hollywood blockbuster, so you will have to tolerate Will Smith doing his usual pec flexing, wisecracking schtick, Bridget Moynahan trying too hard to breathe life into her under-written eye candy role, and some frankly shameless product placement. However this is definitely an above par example because the script actually does not do the original Asimov stories a disservice and captures their spirit quite well; the character of Sonny played by Alan Tudyk is probably the most likeable and arguably best acted in the film and there are some pretty (if not entirely convincing) SFX. It is marred by some unnecessary visual bullshit during some cumbersome action set pieces and green screen is overly pervasive, but Smith has made a career out of being impossible to dislike and the twist to the story is actually quite clever. Although totally lacking in subtlety in the way most Hollywood blockbusters do, I, Robot definitely has its moments and I always enjoy watching a revolution. Despite its flaws, I liked it.

- garyX, Wednesday, September 4, 2013

3 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

4 stars

This was awesome. Really recommend this to watch. Not a waste of time. No chance of getting bored I tell you. Two fave dialogue - Will Smith - "You're cat I'm black" (Seriously this made me laugh) "There's no way my luck is that bad"

- 3niR, Friday, June 4, 2010