We've seen the preview for this movie at the last couple events, and the premise is so high-concept that the movie hast to either be great or mind-numbingly dumb. An aging thief is given a robot companion by his family, which is in turn sucked into his capers.
You can already see where this could (and probably did) go wrong, right? But there are a couple things that we can hang our hat on: Frank Langella, and Susan Sarandon, for one. And a Tomatometer score of 91%. I could watch Frank Langella eat toast: he has a way of commanding a screen that is truly exceptional.
A work of power, nuance and daredevil craft, Langella's performance is a reminder that giants still fill the stage, and the screen. Richard Corliss, Time Magazine.
...A puckish, wistful tall tale set in the near future, a screwball machine dream. David Edelstein, New York Magazine
From the preview, this looks to be a charming movie.
Studio blurbage follows:
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn