Repo Men Reviews

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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December 15, 2010

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

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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July 6, 2010

Better and smarter than you might expect.

Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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July 4, 2010

The overused homages and a tacked-on twist ending are just failed attempts to save Repo Men from its own shallow blood lust.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.4/10
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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April 15, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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March 24, 2010

There are plenty of moments when the appearance of a flying, green-glow Chevy Malibu would be a welcome distraction.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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March 19, 2010

Alternately smirking and dully disgusting.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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March 19, 2010

Repo Men, rough though it is, is disturbing enough, funny enough and shocking enough to work on some weird level.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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March 19, 2010

As a recession-era satire, Repo Men strikes a very bitter chord.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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March 19, 2010

Still, despite its flaws, this ambitious parable is enjoyable, and sometimes viscerally moving.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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March 19, 2010

Repo Men is basically a soulless slasher flick, and one that demeans its gifted performers.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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March 19, 2010

At least a robotic handclap is due to director Sapochnik for working within his limitations (including obvious budgetary ones) and giving this Frankenstein beast as much forward momentum as it possesses.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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March 19, 2010

Repo Men is a rare film where Toronto plays itself. It's also the first I've ever seen where a typewriter is used as a lethal weapon.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Anderson
Washington Post
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March 19, 2010

One can forgive the movie's defects, and its indecision about being tragedy or comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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March 19, 2010

It's a film to be endured more than experienced.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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March 19, 2010

It's tough to recommend Repo Men outright, but you could do worse when trolling multiplex halls.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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March 18, 2010

Why good actors like Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber have taken major roles in this wrongheaded effort is perhaps the most compelling question posed by this film.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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March 18, 2010

Repo Men sets up and puts into motion an attention-grabbing premise, and then, for the most part, just goes to typical places with it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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March 18, 2010

There's a key organ missing from the movie itself: a brain. In its place is a memory bank of other, better movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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March 18, 2010

With its radiantly ugly visuals, mean-spirited worldview and gut-wrenching levels of gore, Repo Men is about as entertaining as a burst appendix.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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March 18, 2010

Under the uncertain direction of Miguel Sapochnik, the actors often seem at a loss...The inconsistency of tone is impossible to ignore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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March 18, 2010

I watched a third of the movie through the cracks of my fingers, wincing.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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March 18, 2010

This is the sort of science fiction that opts for scissors to the groin or a bullet to the head rather than a complete thought.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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March 18, 2010

It's a time-waster with brains, but ultimately not enough brains, and one that wastes too much time.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 18, 2010

This is a long-delayed sci-fi slasher flick that the relieved producers are now tossing like a malodorous Molotov cocktail into the middle of our national health care debate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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March 18, 2010

I don't know if the makers of this film intended it as a comedy. A preview audience regarded it with polite silence, and left the theater in an orderly fashion.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Justin Chang
Variety
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March 18, 2010

This ultra-gory speculative noir is, at its infrequent best, certifiably nuts; the rest of the time, it's one numbingly brutal slog.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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March 18, 2010

Let the 2010 Razzies race begin!

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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March 17, 2010

The movie goes completely insane, in the best way possible.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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March 17, 2010

It's an intriguing premise, one director Miguel Sapochnik treats with all the subtlety of a head smashed in with a typewriter. Hey wait -- that happens!

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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March 17, 2010

[Repo Men] just turns into a grisly one-note chase thriller...

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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March 17, 2010

This is not a bad cast, but whatever wit the script aims for is lost in the queasy details director Miguel Sapochnik found more fascinating.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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March 16, 2010

Another wholesale dystopian future, just like the last one.