Flubber (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes


Flubber (1997)



Critic Consensus: With its overactive focus on special effects and tiresome slapstick, Flubber squanders the immense talent of its cast and crew.

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Movie Info

Remake of ÒThe Absent-Minded ProfessorÓ finds Robin Williams concocting a physics-defying substance that may save his failing college. Uneven but good natured.

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Robin Williams
as Prof. Philip Brainard
Marcia Gay Harden
as Sara Jean Reynolds
Raymond J. Barry
as Chester Hoenicker
Ted Levine
as Wesson
Wil Wheaton
as Bennett Hoenicker
Edie McClurg
as Martha George
Benjamin Brock
as Window Boy
Zack Zeigler
as Teenage Boy
Samuel Lloyd
as Willy Barker
Bob Sarlatte
as Rutland Coach
Bob Greene
as Referee
Tom Barlow
as Medfield Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Flubber

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

A cute, well-meaning, but ultimately disappointing movie. Williams, an enormously busy actor these days, seems tired here--and so does a lot of the slapstick.

March 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Robin Williams is given no room to stretch. He's stuck mooning over a romance that will bore youngsters.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

How absent-minded do you have to be before they call in the doctors to begin clinical testing?

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

Disney's remake of 1961's The Absent-Minded Professor is a graceless, lifeless, slapstick jamboree.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

...a particularly ineffective Disney reboot that wastes the talent of its cast and crew.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Many kids will enjoy this silly movie.

January 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flubber


In this effects heavy remake of "The Absent-Minded Professor", we get the tale of an absent-minded college professor who has a 'happy' accident that results in the creation of a translucent green blob-like substance he comes to call flubber (flying rubber). From there, hijinx ensue, as the prof. can't remember how he created the formula, nor can he remember that he is to marry the president of the failing college he works at. On top of that he also has an arch rival and his cronies to deal with, as well as the flubber itself, which pretty much has a mind of its own. The film really offers nothing new except for some special effects based spectacle. This is kinda cool, but even this isn't all that groundbreaking. There's lots of wacky slapstick based humor, but your opinion of this brand of laugh generator will determine how much of the jokes here are hit and miss. I honestly don't remember much from this movie, but I recall growing tired of the slapstick (and Williams's typical shtick) rather fast. The film does try, but not really as hard as it could have, Ultimately this is a rather 'meh' affair, but if you're bored, you might get some amount of enjoyment out of it.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


An idiotic remake of a fun kids movie from the 60s. Sure Williams tries to make this movie fun too, but overall it's too stupid and ridiculous even for kids.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A funny feel good family film!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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