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Robot and Frank

comedy, drama, sci-fi & fantasy


ROBOT & FRANK is a hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    86%
  • Audience Score
    75%

common sense

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

Offbeat sci-fi buddy movie isn't likely to attract teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robot & Frank is an indie dramedy with a sci-fi twist. Although the film's mature subject matter (an aging ex-con father has health and relationship issues) isn't too likely to appeal to tweens or teens, there's not a ton of age-inappropriate content. Language is the biggest concern, with one "f--k" and several "s--t"s, and there are a couple of passionate kisses and some adult alcohol consumption. If your teen does want to see Robot & Frank, the movie's futuristic setting and its messages about family make for interesting discussion topics.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about futuristic movies. How is Robot & Frank different than other future-set movies?
  • Frank is preoccupied with the book Don Quixote. Talk to kids about the significance of this text and how Frank is like the central character, with Robot serving as his sidekick.
  • Do you think the future portrayed in Robot & Frank is possible, particularly when it comes to elder care?
  • What are some other futuristic movies that feature a central robot? How is "Robot" the opposite of the robot in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence? Which kind of robot (those that look like machines or those that look like people) do you think is more likely to be popular in the future?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    86%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Robot and Frank reviews
  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Langella ... is tremendous.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fresh: FRANK & ROBOT is a poignant tale of man and machine

- Chase Whale, Film.com, Friday, November 8, 2013

Fresh: There's a warm and poignant interplay between the co-stars.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, August 30, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Friendship doesn't have an off switch. Good movie and a very enjoyable one too! This film is interesting, surprising, heart-warming, intelligent, thought-provoking, amusing, understated, well written and well directed. It delivers first-rate performances by first-rate actors. Robot and Frank feels like a film aimed at an older generation, but there is so much to enjoy for anyone who might be occasionally frustrated by our cynical modern world. There's a great balance of laughs, romance and sadness with a fun sci-fi twist. If I were you I would definitely see it! In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him.

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

4 stars

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- aquateen2, Friday, February 14, 2014

3 stars

Frank: That thing's gonna murder me in my sleep. "Friendship doesn't have an off switch" Robot & Frank is an odd, but interesting and very good little science fiction/comedy. It's major selling point is the performance from Frank Langella as Frank, an old cat burglar whose memory is terrible. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well and includes Susan Sarandon and James Marsden. Frank is a cat burglar whose son buys him a robot because he is too far away from him and worries about Frank, especially with his memory fading. Frank is apprehensive about the robot at first, but when he learns that the robot doesn't have any moral issue with stealing; he starts getting the robot to help him with his jobs. Along the way, Frank and the robot bond and have a weird sort of human, computer friendship. The oddness of the movie is a major attraction here. I like movies that use the set in the future setting, but don't overemphasize how the future will be. We're only shown the future from an old mans point of view and we see it in a normal everyday way. Also, the future looks like a very realistic idea of the near future and that's always a plus as well. Overall, Robot & Frank is a nice little film; that is well made and superbly acted. I liked the idea and the interesting eccentricities of the film as well. This is well worth a look and probably won't end up being anything like you expect. I had an idea going into the film of how it would be, but my ideas were no where near what Robot & Frank really is. It's an occasionally funny, and always interesting and entertaining movie that manages to have a lot of heart as well.

- blkbomb, Saturday, November 16, 2013