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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!

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common sense

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

  • 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?
  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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


- 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

3 stars

Product placement galore! This movie sure doesn't leave it a mystery who its financers are. It feels like there's an add hidden in every scene, which does make it hard to take it seriously. And for a plot about robots, the ones in this one aren't particularily cool-looking. Granted that they've gone for simplicity and the "crash dummies" look, but I can't ignore the fact that they're a bit on the ugly side. Anyway, now that I have the negative elements out of the way, I'd like to move on the good ones. Because thankfully they are in higher numbers. First off, there's Will Smith, who you can always count on for some solid acting. Secondly, the story is very interesting. I haven't read any of Asimov's books, but after having seen this movie, I may definitely pick one up sometime. Nice action and special effects as well. Therefore, I think it does deserve an above-average rating. Don't expect to get your intellect stimulated though, because it's really nothing more than your typical popcorn flick. A good one at that, but probably very shallow compared to the source material. As is usually the case with novel-to-screen adaptations.

- CloudStrife84, Saturday, April 10, 2010