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Repo Men (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 114

Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore.

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Writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner team with director Miguel Sapochnik to adapt Garcia's novel about a repo man named Remy whose body has been constructed almost entirely of artificial organs. When Remy (Jude Law) fails to keep up on payments for his recent heart transplant, his former partner vows to take back the organ by force if necessary. Meanwhile, Remy finds an unexpected ally in the form of his long-lost wife, Beth (Alice Braga), who has also been retrofitted with numerous artificial

Jul 27, 2010

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This was too long, mean, and gory for me, though the satirical gloss and well-executed trick ending will probably impress some.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Better and smarter than you might expect.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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The overused homages and a tacked-on twist ending are just failed attempts to save Repo Men from its own shallow blood lust.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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Law and Whitaker are disastrous in the lead roles. It's a dreary and violent film that betrays its three years spent on the shelf.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There are plenty of moments when the appearance of a flying, green-glow Chevy Malibu would be a welcome distraction.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Alternately smirking and dully disgusting.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Although it's an interesting premise, its lack of originality gives away where much of the film is going to go, that is, right up until you get to the unexpectedly bad ending.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I've seen a lot of this dystopian future in science fiction... so much so that it's become cliche.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Sapochnik, Law, Whitaker, and Schreiber have so much fun with all the extremes, wallowing in their shameless excess with the right dollop of macabre, self-aware humor.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Enthusiastic stealing from other movies is great if I can feel the enthusiasm. I couldn't.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Sapochnik is completely unable to create suspension of disbelief, at least with the preposterous plot he had to work with.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

'You wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. You wouldn't steal a movie...' Well, hang on now. Those anti-piracy warnings shouldn't simply be reserved for the download-happy consumers at home.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Repo Men never quite finds its own identity, abandoning any attempt at serious comment early on in favour of ludicrous levels of lopped limbs, cartilage and claret.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Comment (1)
SFX Magazine

If only Sapochnik and Garcia had stuck more to their ideas than their guns, they'd really have something.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

If you like strange, dark humor and can sit through a lot of boredom to get there, you might like it about as middling as I do. Most people won't be able to put up with it that long, though.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Beyond its shapeless sense of the future, humdrum story and fairly routine plot mechanics . . . this flick mostly recycles old action-movie parts.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It takes itself far too seriously when it should be having more fun with its speculative (high) concepts.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One of the worst endings of any film, ever. Seriously. Ever.

April 21, 2010 | Comments (7)
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The plot becomes predictable before an ending that appears to have been borrowed from Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Never as cool or clever as it would like to think.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

The film bounces from knockaround black comedy to gruesome action film to not-quite-clever-enough sci-fi mindbender, without ever establishing a consistent tone or a style that works.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Great stuff at first, but when Law grows a conscience and goes underground with the uninsured, the narrative excitement slumps.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

As an example of how not to make a movie, Repo Men deserves to be studied by film students.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Just as you're settling down, convinced the film knows what it's doing, it takes a complete wrong turn. It separates Law and Whitaker, who were on form and had great chemistry, and gives the film a romantic sub plot instead.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for Repo Men

I really liked Repo Men, it's part future shock (Think Allen Moore in 2000AD back in the 80's) and part Philip K. Dick story with a little bit of Monty Python thrown in for good measure - it even shows the clip from 'Monty Python's The meaning of Life' - where it seems the idea came from. It's well cast and well filmed considering the budget. There are so many scenes where they get it just right (Sexual bar-code scanning anyone?), never shying away from showing a bit of blood or pretending that our hero isn't all 'nice guy'. It's much better than most of the big budget Sci-fi rubbish of late. I'm in the minority here but I loved the ending, that's classic sci-fi for you - if you don't like it it's because you like the hijacked rubbish version of the genres that Hollywood have been churning out. Ever-so slightly predictable at times but future cult classic for sure and an interesting comment on the American (and soon to be British) health-care system to boot!
June 8, 2012
SirPant

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Working for a mysterious, nefarious organization, two men collect organs on lease in the near future.
Released in 2010, after the latest financial meltdown ravaged the U.S. economy, Repo Men is a satire clearly aimed at American big business, equating their greedy foreclosures with stealing people's lifeblood. It's clever, and the novel on which this film is based probably works better, but as a film, the exposition is entirely too long. Also, the characters degrade into gangster film cliches. Remy has the disapproving wife and innocent child, and he eventually grows a conscience about his work (but seems to have no problem with the blood-letting of his former co-workers), and Jake is as gung-ho as ever. We've seen these characters in many genres, and the concept doesn't do enough to set them apart.
Other reviewers have revealed that there's a twist ending, so I'm able to say that I liked it without giving it away.
Overall, there's a lot to like about the concept and the story here, but the characters remain types, not unique or fleshed-out people.
April 27, 2012
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The RZA was pretty cool...I guess. The acting by Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker can't stop the terrible mess this film becomes in its 2nd half. The ending is like Brazil, a deus machina, but fails flat. Overall, the only outstanding positive part would be the gore and action which shows that you don't mess with the organ business.
December 19, 2011
paul o.
paul oh

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I loved it all the way to the end. I thought it was a total buzzkill.. no coworker is going to be that malicious. Get Real. It sorta felt like Carlito's Way. It's brutal as hell. Total dude movie. Whatever. I needed to watch a happy movie or take a shower right after.
August 17, 2011
theylovealexis

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    1. Remy: Who do you think he's gonna send after me?
    2. Jake: Maybe me.
    – Submitted by Cameron D (18 months ago)
    1. Remy: At the end, a job is not just a job, is who you are, and if wanna change who you are, you have to change what you do...
    – Submitted by Michelle M (2 years ago)
    1. Remy: He'll sign it. Everybody signs it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Frank: You owe it to your family. You owe it to yourself.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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