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Jack (1996)



Critic Consensus: Robin Williams' childlike energy is channeled in all the wrong places with Jack, a bizarre tragedy that aims for uplift but sinks deep into queasy schmaltz.

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Jack is a boy who is growing normally, but at four times the normal rate. Kept out of school for years, we catch up to him as he enters the fourth grade for the first time, a 10-year-old boy who appears to be a fully grown man in his 40s.

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Robin Williams
as Jack Powell
Diane Lane
as Karen Powell
Jennifer Lopez
as Miss Marquez
Bill Cosby
as Lawrence Woodruff
Fran Drescher
as Dolores Durante
Brian Kerwin
as Brian Powell
Don Novello
as Bartender
Adam Zolotin
as Louis Durante
Seth Smith
as John-John
Jeremy Lelliott
as Johnny Duffer
Edward Lynch
as Angry Man
Allan Rich
as Dr. Benfante
Keone Young
as Dr. Lin
Al Nalbandian
as Principal McGee
Dwight Hicks
as High School Principal
Sam Ritzenberg
as Boy in Classroom
Joe Akins
as Big Joe
Marc Coppolo
as Radio Personality
Terry McGovern
as Radio Personality
Kim Wonderly
as Radio Personality
Bria Neuenschwander
as Drugstore Clerk
Steven A. Jones
as Officer at Jail
Josh Kornbluth
as Pack of Cigarettes
Michael Madland
as Louis (age 18)
Matt Kroot
as Edward (age 18)
Ryan Kennedy
as George (age 18)
Tyler Smith
as John-John (age 18)
Jesse James Chisholm
as Johnny Duffer (age 18)
Jonathan A. Turner
as Eric (age 18)
Kamela Peart
as Phoebe (age 18)
Jennifer Hagan
as Jane (age 16)
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Critic Reviews for Jack

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

The movie manages to transcend the material -- mostly because of Williams and his perpetually Morkian innocence -- and become a satisfying, occasionally maudlin tale of belonging, understanding the passage of time and living for the moment.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Someone deserves a timeout for letting this mawkish misfire get to the screen.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
Top Critic

Williams works hard at seeming to be a kid inside an adult body, and some of his inspirations work well. But he has been ill-served by a screenplay that isn't curious about what his life would really be like.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Sometimes a movie just sucks.

April 27, 2021 | Full Review…

On paper, scripting Robin Williams to act like a child might seem like a spectacular idea...

September 13, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

[The movie] ages four times its years.

August 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack

Jack is one of Francis Ford Coppola's most mediocre outings as a director. The film had plenty of good potential of being a great film, but it falls flat and just ends up being mediocre. I thought the film started off well, but it just fell apart as the story progressed. The film could have been very good, but there's something missing to really make this standout. I felt that Robin Williams wasn't that great here, and he has made much better. Considering that such a great director as Francis Ford Coppola directed this, you'd expect a great film. But unfortunately this is among his worst films. Considering that he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, it's hard to imagine that Jack is a dud, but it is. Towards the ending, you simply can't wait for the film to end, and it just isn't memorable enough like so many other films. This film simply didn't deliver anything great; in the end it was boring, poorly crafted and overall mediocre. I didn't like this film, and I felt that due to its idea, it could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. Jack is not a film worth seeing, and like I've said, Coppola has done far better than this. This is not a film worth remembering and I think this on its own is a film that is underdeveloped and poorly constructed for dramedy. The film lacks anything great and it lacks any real moments where you end up caring for the characters. I just feel that this tried too hard delivering something sentimental, and ultimately failed.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Not the worst movie that I ever see, but the worst movie that Coppola could direct. Jack is the real end of the great filmmaker that made The Godfather. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This movie has such a strange, unreal, outrageous premise, I can't decide whether it's horrible or incredibly interesting. Overall, it's just okay, I guess. Sort of another excuse for a grown man to act like a kid, I guess, and Williams knows how to do that.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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