Knowing Patch Adams is based on a true story has both a positive and a negative effect on your perception of the movie. On one hand, it lends credence to a truly heartwarming life story and a nicely modulated Robin Williams (R.I.P.) performance. But on the other hand, you can’t help but notice the corners the screenwriters cut with the details to fit Adams’s story into a mainstream, feel-good movie. Also, I assume Adams’s real life has not been soundtracked with a pushy score of treacly piano and strings.
Quicker take: There’s enough here to make this a worthy choice for those seeking a little Robin Williams.