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Flubber

5/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Family . Comedy
 

Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air.

 
Actors: Jodi Benson , Edie McClurg , Wil Wheaton , Ted Levine , Nancy Olson , Clancy Brown , Raymond J. Barry , Christopher McDonald , Marcia Gay Harden , Robin Williams
Directors: Les Mayfield
Country: USA
Release: 1997-11-26
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  • Joe Leydon

    Despite a couple of slow stretches along the way, director Mayfield does a generally fine job of integrating the eye-popping special effects with the simple but serviceable plot. The pace is just brisk enough to satisfy youngsters with short attention spans, and Williams is winning enough to keep audiences of all ages involved.

    Variety Full Review
  • John F. Kelly

    Flubber, the substance, has more personality than many Hollywood actors. And if Flubber, the movie, isn't quite a slam dunk, at least it's a relatively bouncy way to spend an hour and a half.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As computer-generated special effects have grown more advanced, they threaten to overwhelm such minor matters as story, character, and emotion. This, however, is not a problem in Flubber (Walt Disney), an agreeably unhinged slapstick jamboree.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In fact, there are times when this movie feels like the latest installment in the over-milked Home Alone saga.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Robin Williams is no Fred MacMurray, but he plays the hero with his customary energy.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Director Les Mayfield ("Miracle on 34th Street") has his moments, of course, but what ultimately was needed in the case of Flubber was a movie with more bounce and less talk.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Though Mr. Williams sometimes seems on the verge of "Aladdin"-caliber improvisation with the ever-morphing green flubber, the film bogs him down with a fiancee (Marcia Gay Harden) hellbent on making him remember a wedding date, and with the full Hughes retinue of thugs and bullies.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Too bad the film isn't nearly as elastic as the miraculous green goo: It can barely contain all the flubber-induced chaos and still make sense, but the filmmakers don't quit till they've run out of funny things for flubber to do.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    With the exception of the handful of scenes in which the Flubber does its stuff, however, the youngsters will no doubt be bored by it all.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    Williams is so unique that his presence automatically changes any project he stars in. Surprisingly, in this case, the change isn't particularly welcome.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    The more pathetic the role, the more evident Robin Williams's conscientiousness--but his professionalism doesn't make this fantasy worthwhile.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    Remember when John Hughes made small, original, oh say, GOOD movies?

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Let's blame it on poor Robin Williams, who tries so desperately to be likable, whimsical, lovable, smart and funny all at once that he just wears you out. Blame it also on the behind-the-scenes engineers at Disney who think that effects are more important than story and character.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Although the movie may appeal to kids in the lower grades, it's pretty slow, flat and dumb.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    It's a perfect fit for Williams -- a hunk of slapstick, a dose of schmaltz -- and yet he can't save the film, which is overproduced, mechanical and resoundingly unfunny.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Like everything else in this needless remake—from a heartless performance by Williams to the patented kiddie-sadism of screenwriter John Hughes—it's sloppily grafted onto a skeletal version of the original, with scenes lifted from the source and reinserted in a manner that doesn't make sense.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Children may get a kick out of Flubber's lowest-common-denominator antics. They may not recognize that Williams' prodigious talent has been reduced to something sub-blobular. [26Nov1997 Pg 38]

    New York Daily News Full Review
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