Robot & Frank

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Robot & Frank
Frank is an aging ex-jewel thief, and his two grown children are worried that he can no longer care for himself. In deciding what to do with Frank, the most likely option appears to be putting him in a nursing home. But Frank's son comes up with another option: buy Frank a walking, talking robot programmed to look after him and improve his physical and mental health. Frank resists the robot at first, but he warms to it after realizing that it could be the perfect heist companion.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • BeausPerson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A look at the life of a man whose grown children leave him in the care of a robot. The two bond in humourous and surprising ways. I've seen it twice and love this movie.

Dec 14, 2014
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A melancholy comedy about making Alzheimers work for you. Frank Langella is the cranky cat burgler, Susan Sarandon is the sexy, superseded librarian, and Peter Sarsgaard is their sly, mechanical enabler. Parts of the script go nowhere-- the nasty neighbours subplot should have a better payoff -- but this is the 21st century's first original love story.

Oct 23, 2014

Wonderful movie!! Fun surprises. Highly recommend for a relaxing evening.

Sep 29, 2014

Very cute idea nicely done for the first half. Peter Sarsgaard’s voice of the robot along w/excellent as usual, Langella, are very pleasant. Some static later on, perhaps from the writer and director having gone to film school. They respected something around the production which interfered w/choices. They looked over their sholders... and got too ‘plotty’ and fake funny. ––––– I don’t know how Liv Tyler works, she can’t act. James Marsden is alright, just too good-looking (better even than Ben Affleck). _____ The main story should have remained Frank & Robot—a very profound thing, similar to the “objector/protector” part of our subconscious. Alas. Still worth watching; Langella keeps getting better with age, he’s towering now. -— Sarandon excellent also–top actor keep seeding interesting projects only available from indies.

Aug 11, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is an engaging and well-made independent film about aging and technology in the 21st century, with the intriguing concept of a memory-impaired career criminal falling back into his old ways with the help of a robot caretaker. It asks hard questions about responsibility, ethics, and the bonds of family, and I enjoyed it immensely until an unfortunate final act undermined it all for me. See, and judge, for yourselves.

Jun 15, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What a good story and entertaining film! I found Frank’s idea of a recreational activity especially amusing.

May 08, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quirky, different kind of movie that I really liked. I thought the plot quite fun, perhaps tongue-in-cheek. Excellent acting by Langella. Highly recommended!

Apr 09, 2014
  • rationallady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found it entertaining. I am retired like Frank and enjoyed his "reawakening" even if it was somewhat fanciful. Nice twist at the end.

Mar 28, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting premise that a super intelligent robot chose to participate in the criminal elements of its master as the only solution to improve his mental health. I would prefer the robot to be real human caretaker, however, a story often told already.

Jan 13, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you've seen the preview, then you know that this film is a a 'one-trick pony' as far as plot goes,..but Frank Langella rides it very well, and with good supporting performances. A comfortable offering, with some pithy obervations about aging and lifestyle values. (4 out of 5 stars)

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May 16, 2013
  • salsabrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So that wasn't such a bad party once you start drinking...

May 16, 2013
  • salsabrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frank: I'm kinda in a bit of trouble.

Jennifer the librarian: Of course you are.

Frank: Well, this is more than late fees.


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Jun 13, 2013
  • jeffreystefano rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was a nice story. I appreciated the theme of elderly isolationism. Langela played the role believably.


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