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      Bicentennial Man

      PG Released Dec 17, 1999 2 hr. 11 min. Sci-Fi List
      37% 99 Reviews Tomatometer 59% 250,000+ Ratings Audience Score Richard Martin (Sam Neill) buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew (Robin Williams) by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to perform menial tasks. As Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought, the Martin family soon discovers they don't have an ordinary robot. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 19 Buy Now

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      Bicentennial Man is ruined by a bad script and ends up being dull and mawkish.

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      Michelle L Hands down one of the best movies I had ever watched. Sorry for the people who are not able to open their eyes and realize that it was an interesting and wonderful movie. I am sad that Robin Williams passed away he always made me laugh and cry in happiness and in sadness. Where ever his soul is I bet you a wooden nickel that he is bringing laughter and joy to all. Hopping his family and friends are doing good in life. May they be filled with cherished memories of the past, love and comfort in the present, and long joyful journeys into the future. "Be good to yourself, be kind to others, and make the world a better place" - Gentle Spirits Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Ben H A really good blend of SciFi, comedy and drama. I just watched it for the first time and I'm surprised how quickly the story progresses. And of course there is some to be desired in the sci fi department, but its a pretty great movie. Its solid, has a story to tell and I think everyone who is afraid of modern AI technology would be delighted to see how sacrificial Andrew is. To think, what if one day technology uses itself to discover and invent new technologies and medical breakthroughs for humans. I haven't seen one comedy drama that plays both parts so well. The sci fi is just icing on the cake! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/18/23 Full Review Cecilia A Very bad adaptation for Asimov's work, I advise to read his books instead, you will not regret it. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review Sir S the movie is the absolute example of "existencialism", maybe the performance of Robin williams as Andrew get old a little bad... but the story what holds?, that have to be the best in the movie, how he started his life like a simple robot, only to live and serve for a family who doesn't look at him like a thing... almost like a human being; is after the end of the beggining when Andrew wanted to be more than steel, rubber and cables... but flesh and bone, all for be like a living being, for enjoy a lot of things we do a lot of time like enjoy a meal, feel cold or hot, get fun about our job's; that kind of things what for him is a discovery; finally in the end of the movie is where the character know's what to do for finally be a complete human being, giving up everything only for go with the one he love's... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review Dan C Robin Williams delivers one of his most endearing and nuanced performances as Andrew Martin, an android who seeks recognition and equality as a human being in this thought-provoking sci-fi drama. Expanding upon Issac Asimov's original book Bicentennial Man, director Chris Columbus and Robin Williams skillfully balance humor and gravitas as the film explores profound existential questions through Andrew's two-century journey to become "human." While the excellent visual effects still hold up (even better than some fairly recent Star Wars effects), the film's appeal lies in its heart. Andrew's desire for connection and meaning resonates deeply, as he forms relationships and touches lives across generations. Bicentennial Man examines humanity from an outsider's perspective, using Andrew's childlike wonder and wisdom gained over time to reflect our capacity for imagination, love, and growth. The story flows seamlessly between lighthearted comedy and heavier drama, wisely letting its themes unfold organically. Uneven shifts in tone are forgivable given book's episodic nature and the ambitious scope of this genre-bending film. Despite its flaws, Bicentennial Man proves to be a relevant metaphor that's full of hope two decades later, reminding us to look past our differences to see the humanity in all. Williams' moving performance coupled with the film's timeless message make it a sci-fi classic that continues to tug at the heartstrings. Favorite Scene: A standout moment, full of irony, arrives when Robin Williams is introduced to the concept of humor by Sam Neill, who is perfectly cast as a serious mentor. This clever scene exemplifies the film's ability to find poignancy and humor in examining the human experience through an outsider's perspective. It makes me wonder how Neill looks back on Williams' legacy. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/23/23 Full Review Nick L Incredibly touching. Perfect Sunday, rainy day, film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Ansen Newsweek Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled. Feb 16, 2018 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so. Rated: 2/5 Dec 22, 2010 Full Review Brian Bertoldo Film Threat Williams and director Chris Columbus have crafted a moving, hanky-clenching drama, without ramming the emotion down your throat. Mar 18, 2024 Full Review George M. Thomas Akron Beacon Journal The film is worth a look. Williams is the primary reason. His performance has heart, brains and courage. Rated: 3/4 Oct 28, 2023 Full Review Catherine Graham Santa Cruz Sentinel Chris Columbus -- who is undeniably skilled at making funny movies -- has the deft touch of a steamroller when it comes to serious matters of the heart, mechanical or otherwise. Rated: F Nov 13, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Richard Martin (Sam Neill) buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew (Robin Williams) by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to perform menial tasks. As Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought, the Martin family soon discovers they don't have an ordinary robot.
      Director
      Chris Columbus
      Executive Producer
      Dan Kolsrud
      Screenwriter
      Nicholas Kazan, Isaac Asimov
      Distributor
      Touchstone Pictures
      Production Co
      Laurence Mark Productions, Columbia Pictures, 1492 Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Radiant Pictures
      Rating
      PG (Sexual Content|Language)
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 17, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $58.2M
      Sound Mix
      SDDS, DTS, Surround, Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Digital Projection, Flat (1.85:1)
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