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Bicentennial Man lies in the somewhere in the middle.
Williams is Andrew, a robot purchased by the Andrews family (this takes place "sometime in the not-too-distant-future"). "Sir", the father (Sam Neill), is impressed with Andrew's personality and other human characteristics. He encourages Andrew to read books and "learn" new things - including Sir's trade, making clocks. Sir's younger daughter, "Little Miss", also befriends Andrew.
As the years go by, Andrew's human family grows up - and eventually everyone dies. Andrew makes friends with Little Miss' granddaughter, Portia (although initially she disliked him), and goes on a search for other robots like himself.
After much globe- trotting, Andrew discovers another recently remodeled robot from his line - and a robotic research scientist, Rupert Burns (Oliver Platt). With Burns' help, Andrew secures a basically human body for himself - just what he's always wanted.
A major factor in whether you like a movie is whether you find the premise believable; I know a critic who said he couldn't get into Faceoff, an excellent John Travolta film, because he simply couldn't get past the premise of two men swapping faces. Although I didn't have any problem with that story, I couldn't see Andrew as anything more than a robot, albeit the human qualities. It's difficult to predict what life will be like in the future, but a robot that experiences human-grade thoughts and feelings?
I don' t think so.
On another note, the script lacked pep, and even Robin Williams couldn't manage to be lively while buried under the metal robot costume. Bicentennial Man isn't as mind-numbingly insipid and poorly written as Flubber (which I consider to be one of Williams' worst films), but it is hardly fascinating.
The best thing I can say for Bicentennial Man is that it was tolerable.