(even now, a decade later, look at the docbot in MATRIX ... that looks like a real object because you've got photorealistic highlights as well as good detail down into the shadows.
I'm staring to believe you're playing pranks on us with your opinions on good VFX work, because if you think this:
Looks like a "real object" then... I can't even imagine what you're thinking. It didn't even look real ten years ago, let alone now. It would make good modern TV CGI, but it still looks like CGI and certainly doesn't escape that painting-like appearance you've criticized so often elsewhere.*
*(This is the result I got when I Googled "Matrix docbot," so if that's not the model you're referring to, I apologize.)