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Patch Adams (1998)



Critic Consensus: Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.

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Based on the true story of a misfit medical student whose unconventional approach to healing causes headaches for the medical establishment but works wonders for the patients.

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Robin Williams
as Hunter `Patch' Adams
Josef Sommer
as Dr. Eaton
Irma P. Hall
as Joletta
Harve Presnell
as Dean Anderson
Peter Coyote
as Bill Davis
Bob Gunton
as Dean Walcott
Harold Gould
as Arthur Mendelson
Harry Groener
as Dr. Prack
Bruce Bohne
as Trevor Beene
Richard Kiley
as Dr. Titan
Alan Tudyk
as Everton
Peter Siiteri
as Chess Man
Tim Wiggins
as Scared Customer
Helen Tourtillott
as Feeble Woman
On West
as Instructor
Ralph Peduto
as Organizer
Ken Hoffman
as Big Texan
Jim Antonio
as E.R. Doctor
Roy Conrad
as E.R. Doctor
Jay Jacobus
as Jack Walton
Dot-Marie Jones
as Miss Meat
Geoff Fiorito
as 3rd-Year Student
Samuel Sheng
as 3rd-Year Student
Piers Mackenzie
as Dr. Hashman
Alex González
as Hispanic Boy
Ismael 'East' Carlo
as Hispanic Father
Cameron Brooke Stanley
as Childen's Ward Patient
Jamieson G. Downes
as Children's Ward Patient
Jena Marie Thomas
as Children's Ward Patient
Wesley G. Haines
as Children's Ward Patient
Richard J. Silberg
as Psych Patient
James Anthony Cotton
as Psych Patient
Michael Rae Sommers
as Psych Patient
David Fine
as Psych Patient
James Carraway
as Psych Patient
J. Stephen Coyle
as Psych Patient
Wanda McCaddon
as Woman in Lobby
Wanda Christine
as Nurse Klegg
Lorri Holt
as Pediatric Nurse
Stephanie Ann Smith
as Laughing Nurse
Vivis Colombetti
as Hysterical Woman
Donna Kimball
as Waitress
Norman Alden
as Truck Driver
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Younger Man
Diane Amos
as Older Waitress
Sonya Eddy
as Older Waitress
Kelvin Yee
as Orderly
Doreen Chou Croft
as Asian Woman
Bill Roberson
as Fred Jarvis
Randy Oglesby
as Pinstriped Man
Bonnie Johnson
as Walcott's Secretary
Jack Ford
as Lecturer
Christine Pineda
as Hispanic Girl
Karen Michel
as Mrs. Davis
Katherine A. Fitzhugh
as Mrs. O'Bannon
Jonathan Holder
as Davis Son
Renee Louise Rogers
as Receptionist
Shanon Orrock
as Receptionist
Don Rizzo
as Minister
Andrew Clement
as Puppeteer
George Lee
as Boardroom Doctor
Daniel P. Hannafin
as Boardroom Doctor
Roger W. Durrett
as Boardroom Doctor
Richard C. Adkins
as Gynecologist
Bob Feaster
as Gynecologist
Thom McIntyre
as Gynecologist
Alfred Salley
as Gynecologist
Michael Kennedy
as Gynecologist
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Critic Reviews for Patch Adams

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (27)

Like too many of Mr. Williams's recent movies, Patch Adams wastes the genius of a peerless clown.

April 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Comics who want to do Hamlet often end up, as here, serving big, sticky slices of ham.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Shadyac underscores Williams' comic routines with superfluous and frankly relentless reaction shots of patients and hospital staff alike crumpling with laughter.

June 18, 2012 | Full Review…
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True-story medical tale is made shallow and sentimental.

December 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Williams pulls out all the stops in a lead role that gives him carte blanche to careen between extremes of silliness and sentimentality; he tries too hard, too obviously, much like the pic itself.

May 20, 2008
Top Critic

An overdose of sentimental claptrap, underscored by Marc Shaiman's clichéd string arrangements.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Patch Adams

A Dr. who had changed the way that all doctors had treated their patients and what he had gone through to be accepted as a full on doctor. But how does Robin Williams do as his portrayal of this incredible man. Patch Adams is based on the life of the great Doctor Hunter Adams. The film follows his life after he goes to medical school and he is criticized by the head of the school due to him helping other patients when he doesn't need to help them when more experienced doctors should get the job done of making the patients feel better in the medical sense. But Patch wants to make patients feel better in the mental sense as well as the medical sense. Robin Williams does a magnificent job as Hunter Adams, making him both a kind and sympathetic character and making him also a very likable and funny character, and you truly feel for all the pain he is going through during his time at medical school. Monica Porter does a great job as well as his love interest even if in real life her character was a male and had no affection for Patch in the love sense. She does a good job at being a somewhat mean character but she ends up being a very well developed and likable character near the end of her character in the film. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Daniel London also both do great jobs as his good friends and Phillip Seymour Hoffman does a great job at being both a hatable character and ends up being a likable character. Now for a Robin Williams this isn't really a comedic based film which is somewhat surprising for a film marketed as a film where Robin Williams is on the poster with a clown nose. he does act goofy a lot in the film but not as much as you'd expect, and really, its somewhat welcome for a film like this and he does the drama off well with this small bit of goofiness. Overall this is my favorite of Robin Willaims film and one of my favorite movies, and that says a lot for a non comedic film when Williams is one of my favorite comedians as of late. The acting is well done, the characters are likable, and the film has some real good drama and shocks. If you can check this film out I'd say do it, no matter what the Nostalgia critic says.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


A pathetic tearjerker that tries to make us cry at all costs with every sort of cheap narrative and manipulation, not even realizing how insulting it is with Robin Williams playing a clownish retard who is supposed to be some kind of happiness hero for the pitiful ones.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Patch Adams is one of those films that deserved to be a very entertaining film, but unfortunately failed to in every respect to deliver something satisfying for the viewer. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but I simply couldn't. This film is an awful train wreck of a movie that has a cast of phenomenal talent that is simply wasted on such poor material. Robin Williams who is an incredible comedic talent can't save this dreck due to a poorly written script. Right from the first ten minutes, you realize that this film was doomed to fail. Nothing worked. The film tried way too hard at being an emotional piece, and failed miserably because the film's ideas simply went nowhere. The subject is quite interesting, and I think it's a shame that there couldn't be any better way of giving this story the treatment it really deserved. Robin Williams has made better films than this, and lucky for him his legacy as a good comedic actor is secured due to films like Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. I really wanted to love the film, but I simply couldn't. This film just lacked anything to really keep you interested. The attempts at humor simply are a failing attempt at trying to make you laugh. If you enjoy Robin Williams like I do, you won't enjoy this failure because it illustrates a real lack of passion from a man who is usually very funny and is an icon of comedy that belongs up there with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. With Patch Adams, Williams has made one of the worst films of his career and if you usually enjoy Robin Williams, you'll find that such a good comedian deserved a better picture to make and much better material to work with.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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