I, Robot

20th Century Fox Released 2004


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Alex Proyas
I, Robot is the 2004 action sci-fi extravaganza loosely adapted from the novel by science fiction icon Isaac Asimov and directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow) and starring Will Smith (Independence Day, I Am Legend, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Men in Black). The year is 2035. Human-like robots have become the norm in modern society. They clean our homes, they make our furniture, and they deliver our parcels. In Chicago, police detective Del Spooner (Smith) possesses a seemingly irrational dislike of robots. He is immediately suspicious that an apparent suicide could be the doing of a disobedient robot. His suspicions are quickly dismissed by his peers. After all, such an action would violate the Three Laws, which every robot is programmed to obey. One of the laws being that a robot cannot harm a human, or allow a human to come to harm. A robot named Sonny soon becomes the main suspect, according to Del, but because of the laws Del will have a hard time convincing people of this, and he must find out the truth before it is too late.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Lacks both the intellectual rigor and the soulful sublimity of "A.I.," but it nonetheless allows some genuine ideas and emotions to pop up amid the noise and clutter.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A humans vs. robots saga that feels machine-made, I, Robot looks to have been assembled from the spare parts of dozens of previous sci-fi pictures.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    More disturbing, yet another robot, or maybe two, seems to have written a Hollywood script and hijacked a major studio production. Given the film's assembly-line screenplay and mec...

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Crime, Futuristic