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RoboCop

6/10
Science Fiction . Action . Sci-Fi . Thriller
 

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.

 
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson , Marianne Jean-Baptiste , Jay Baruchel , Jennifer Ehle , Michael Kenneth Williams , Jackie Earle Haley , Abbie Cornish , Michael Keaton , Gary Oldman , Joel Kinnaman
Directors: José Padilha
Country: USA
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  • Mick LaSalle

    RoboCop is no canned remake of the 1987 action film. It's a reimagining that responds to everything that has changed in American life over the past 27 years, addressing new threats and exploiting new anxieties.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    As viscerally exciting as Padilha's RoboCop can be, the movie is elevated by serious considerations of the ethics of using robots as guardians (shades of drones), commercialism, playing God with science, and what being human is about.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Richard Jordan

    Taking the original and successfully transplanting it into an ambitious new world, José Padilha’s english-language debut is an exciting, pacey and thoughtful sci-fi actioner.

    Total Film Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Jose Padilha's Robocop reboot does some of the things a good remake should do: it retains the central ideas and themes of the original while updating and rearranging the narrative to lose a derivative feel.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    This movie comes at you with an idea or two, as well as every available gun blazing.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    RoboCop is a solid near-future action pic that poses moral questions about artificial intelligence and remote-control combat systems without getting too preachy or ponderous about it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    This RoboCop earns its stripes, mostly for the seriousness with which it treats its Frankenstein story.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    RoboCop is topically up-to-the-moment but stylistically it’s retro. Far from using the story as an excuse to string together cheap thrills and blowout spectacle, its hero has all the heart of the Tin Man.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s a rare “reboot” that transcends its studio’s money-grubbing. It has some Big Ideas.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    It’s a less playful enterprise than the original, but meets the era’s darker demands for action reboots with machine-tooled efficiency and a hint of soul.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The film has lots of energized mayhem, and Murphy's unraveling of the conspiracy against him isn't dumbed down, yet it's as if the comic-book action poetry of the original has been encased in a suit of generic armor.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    There are enough rough edges and interesting kinks across the two-hour running time that you come out forgiving it for the more generic elements, though we'll acknowledge that the flaws might stick out more on a second viewing, when you're not just pleasantly surprised that the whole thing isn't a stinking mess.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • William Goss

    RoboCop has sound and fury to spare and even an inspired idea or two lurking beneath that polished exterior, but much like its upgraded namesake, this watchable mess ultimately lacks a prime directive to call its own.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Though this RoboCop can’t come close to capturing the clever-silly audacity of the original, one area in which the current film easily surpasses it is in the quality of the cast.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    It's well made, polished, and hits every mark — but is it crazy to want a futuristic sci-fi action flick about a motorcycle-riding metal supercop to be just a little more fun?

    NPR Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A nicely cast, respectable remake.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Every bit of it is more advanced: The actors are better, the plot is tighter, the special effects sleeker, the messages more heartfelt. Yet it lacks Verhoeven's bloody, biting scream.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Thanks to a good cast and a willingness to stray fairly far afield from the source material, it’s better than you might think.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    This is a slicker, shinier, admittedly inferior affair. But with a strong cast, a roaring pace and at least one genuinely unforgettable scene, it’s by no means a write-off.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The film is not only unchallenging, it seems actively scared of challenging us. You emerge feeling pacified and only semi-entertained.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    In some ways, the thoughtful, dense script marks an improvement on the original, and the cast is certainly tonier this time around. What’s missing is the original’s evil wit, amoral misanthropy and subversive slipperiness.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad, Bus 174) soldiers on stolidly, but lacks the Dutch Verheoeven's abiding sense of mischief.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Neither Alex Murphy’s internal moral conflict nor the larger, vaguely satiric portrait of a global culture dependent on high-tech law enforcement seem to be the main point of this Robocop remake, which raises the question of what is meant to be the point.

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    What we’re left with is a teen-oriented action flick with an A-minus cast, a mixture of “Transformers”-style robot battles and cops-and-robbers showdown that never feels all that exciting or cutting-edge, bracketed by some intriguing and half-successful moments of social commentary.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A faithful remake of RoboCop would be timely. Instead, the producers of this new version have retreated back to the lab, concocting a creaky hybrid of “Frankenstein” and “Call of Duty.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Aggressively loud, terminally mediocre.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Moviegoers are stuck with this sci-fi thriller's bland story, murky cinematography and frenetic special effects.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The film doesn't embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Although the movie isn't a complete disaster, it's not your father's RoboCop either.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Director Jose Padilha (the “Elite Squad” movies) knows how to create slick, sometimes clever fast-moving battle sequences... But other than Keaton’s Sellars, the bad guys are mostly generic nitwits.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The result is fitfully interesting, and Mr. Kinnaman, best known for "The Killing" on television, compels our empathy with a kind of macho melancholia. Still, the whole thing comes down to an action adventure that's graphics-rich, logic-poor, coherence-challenged and pleasure-impaired.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    While retaining the core story of a bionic man tormented by the memory of his former human life, the film doesn’t play with the concept or give it new dimension. The whole enterprise raises the question: Why do filmmakers insist on remaking movies for no good reason?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    There’s no harmony at all to the elements tossed into the new remake of RoboCop, but credit screenwriter Joshua Zetumer and director José Padilha for at least having some elements in play.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Any improvements over the original RoboCop are mere window dressing, more a superficial function of technical advances in filmmaking than of any sort of storytelling prowess or fresh narrative ideas.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    There’s nothing wrong, of course, with sci-fi films asking Big Questions, but the delivery doesn’t have to be — should never be, in fact — this tedious.

    Empire Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Yes, the technology has improved in the 27 years that have passed. But the ensuing years have also produced first person shooter video games which utterly preclude the need for this as a movie. Visceral, violent toys that they are, they still have more heart than this.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    Ultimately the film is, like the Faux News programming it caricatures at face value, a deck-stacking simulation of a dialogue it isn't even remotely interested in opening.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The main thing wrong with Robocop is that it's dumb, and it's trashy, and it's both of those things in a not-good way.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    For all its playfulness, the new RoboCop can’t help but lack the novelty of the original’s jolting mixture of dumb-smart irony and visceral pulp.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The remake of the 1987 cult actioner Robocop is a misguided failure — not only because its retooled half-man/half-machine hero now has emotions, but also because its “fear the machines” message winds up feeling creaky.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    A deafening, boring action pile-up that is more Call of Duty than Robocop.

    The Guardian Full Review
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