Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to


By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kid-friendly robot wins a lonely boy's heart; mild peril.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
Robo Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Its fine, but not an amazing movie

Meh, my son liked it but didn't LOVE it. It isn't scary although some kids might be freaked out by the robot. They say stupid and idiot a few times, but not really at people, more like "this thing is stupid". Also FYI this move is over dubbed in English.

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's a distinct lack of originality with this Russian sci-fi adventure, but younger viewers may not care that this is a story that's been told before and better. It's perhaps unfair to compare Robo to classics such as E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. But the comparisons are inescapable leaving the movie feeling stilted and unoriginal. Both Robo, a robot with a heart, and Mitya, the young boy who befriends the likable robot, are underdogs, with the duo forming a heartwarming kinship.

Izotov does a good job portraying Mitya as a struggling tween who is trying to avoid disappointing his parents while staying true to himself. There's also enough going on that the young target audience will probably nevertheless enjoy the story and may wish for their own delightful robotic friend by the closing credits.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate