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In particular, as you might expect, Frank Langella is quite brilliant here, pitching a difficult and nuanced performance, one that rests heavily on his shoulders, extremely well. It feels different to see a relationship develop between man and robot quite like this, and that adds an edge of the unusual and unpredictable tinge to the film. To its credit as well, the supporting characters in the film are strong, with Susan Sarandon in particular fleshing out what could have been a forgettable role.
Robot & Frank is a distinct, interesting film, that feels different without isolating a mainstream audience. That's no easy task, and all concerned here deserve real credit. It packs more into an hour and a half than some films manage in twice the time. --Jon Foster