Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi family flick has some violence, tween taunting.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Too cartoonish to have much in the way of positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

James Miller is a creative and inventive tween who also is trying to come to grips with his mother's death.


Sci-fi violence throughout. Some verbal bullying, taunting. An injured dog lies on its side, seemingly dead.


 Honeycomb cereal.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RoboRex (aka The Adventures of RoboRex) is a 2014 sci-fi family movie about James, an inventive tween boy who meets a robotic dog sent from the future by his future self to save the world from the evil designs of one Professor Apocalypse. There is frequent sci-fi style violence (computer-animated explosions and lasers), but what might be most troubling to families is the image of a seemingly dead dog lying on its side toward the end of the movie. There also is some verbal bullying and taunting in the classroom and sad scenes showing James and his father trying to come to grips with James's mother's death.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 28, 2017
Adult Written byStephens W. October 13, 2016

Loved it

I loved it. It even has the Farscape Famous Ben Browder in a fairly major role! The reason I made this review was to say that the Kid's mom didn't die... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 30, 2015

Exciting but disappointing

One thing I like about this movie is the special effects. I also liked both dogs and the kids. One thing that I didn't like about the movie is the dog tha... Continue reading

What's the story?

James Miller (Kalvin Stinger) is a creative tween who is constantly coming up with Rube Goldberg-style devices in his bedroom. His life changes forever when he comes across a giant egg that has come crashing from the sky. A robotic dog with a message from the future hatches out of the egg with a message from James' future self. The dog, RoboRex, warns James that a man who will soon call himself Professor Apocalypse (Ethan Phillips) is out to rule the world by using advanced scientific plans developed by James' late mother to create an evil robotic feline named Destructo-Cat. It's up to James to stop Professor Apocalypse from using science and technology for his own foul ends and, with the help of RoboRex, save the world.

Is it any good?

ROBOREX (aka THE ADVENTURES OF ROBOREX) is a low-budget and mostly family-friendly sci-fi movie. Although the cheap computer animation of robotic dogs, cats, and laser explosions tends to distract from the plot, the story itself is entertaining enough to keep families with tweens entertained. There are some cheesy character tropes in the movie -- the father who doesn't believe his imaginative tween son's wild stories of robot animals from the future, the tween girl who does believe him and wants to help -- but the movie keeps the action moving at a regular enough clip to keep audiences engaged.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science-fiction movies. How is this movie similar to and different from other sci-fi films?

  • How is verbal bullying and taunting addressed in the movie?

  • How does this movie address the untimely passing of a parent?

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For kids who love science fiction

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