Bicentennial Man

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Released 1999

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Bicentennial Man

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Director:
Chris Columbus
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG

Bicentennial Man is a 1999 science fiction film about a robot that witnesses hundreds of years of change during his lifetime. Known as Andrew (Robin Williams), the robot begins his life as a servant robot for a family in 2005. Shortly after arriving in the home, however, the family discovers that Andrew is also capable of experiencing human emotions. He has become, in a word, sentient. Curious about this development, they take him back to his manufacturer who insists that Andrew should not be able to experience emotions. The manufacturer offers to fix Andrew, but the family decides to keep him the way he is. For years, Andrew stays with the family, not leaving until the youngest daughter gets married. From there, Andrew sets out across the world trying to find other robots that experience emotions just like he does. His long journey is filled with heartbreak as all of the humans that he loves eventually die, but also value as Andrew is able to teach the world new concepts of what identity means.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A mainstream holiday movie, complete with stupendous special effects, amazing make-up artistry and sumptuous production design.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Except for Williams, the sitcom-meets-sci-fi acting throughout the movie is strictly of television caliber.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Columbus' approach is intended to cloak such topics as mortality and human identity in the warm glow of greeting card sentiment, which renders the prescription palatable for mass c...

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Robots & Androids, Futuristic, Love & Romance, Family Dramas, Family Comedies