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Short Circuit

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John Badham

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About the Movie

An experimental military robot escapes after being struck by lightning and given human intelligence. He finds a home with madcap Stephanie Speck who believes he's an alien. Hot on their trail are scientists Newton Crosby and his assistant who must get to their creation before the army does, since its plan is to put Number 5 out of service permanently.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie, which has the clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney comedy, is nicely acted by Miss Sheedy, who demonstrates a light-comedy touch not unlike Amy Irving's [and] Mr. Guttenberg. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Apr 2, 2014

Fresh: Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy's affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self. – Variety Staff, Variety, Apr 2, 2014

Rotten: The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Apr 2, 2014

Rotten: It's basically a kid's movie, and quite possibly the kids will like it. But they'll have to be fairly young kids. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr 2, 2014

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Love it.

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Short Circuit
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1986

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