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RoboCop (1987)

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88

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 7

While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.

83

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.

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Paul Verhoeven's American breakthrough film, RoboCop, is an exceedingly violent blend of black comedy, science fiction, and crime thriller. Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he

Oct 2, 2001

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Verhoeven's strong suits have always been visual energy and a Rabelaisan realism: a gutsy, jovial way of ripping through social systems.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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When the law-enforcing RoboCop cleans up corrupt Motown, his victory is satisfying because he's got machinery and morals on his side. RoboCop is where high-tech meets High Noon.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the tormented figure at its center, this movie combines the mechanical with the human. And though much of the film is made up of spare parts from cop shows, exploitation flicks and comic books, it nevertheless comes to life.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices.

July 14, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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There's a brooding, agonized quality to the violence that almost seems subversive, as if Verhoeven were both appalled and fascinated by his complicity in the toxic action rot.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Paul Verhoeven on blockbuster explosions like Douglas Sirk on lachrymose households

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A perfect version of the thing it sets out to be, one of the most intellectual and propulsive of all '80s action films.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The story amounts to a celebration of brute force in a crudely etched law-and-order context.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It proceeds from a vision, and it takes that vision seriously. It ends up being moving -- and for a comic book of a movie, that's no small achievement.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Paul Verhoeven's glorious sci-fi satire combines searing social comedy with some of the most graphic ultra-violence ever to grace legitimate cinema.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Robocop is a strangely perverse pleasure. Who would expect such a rattletrap concoction to emerge as this summer's sleeper?

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Robocop may sound like another bubble-gum science fiction techno-blaster, but it`s more than that. Don`t let the title fool you.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It's Verhoeven's scabrous dissection of American social issues, trashy sitcom culture and corporate greed that makes this comic-book opus a subversive and thought-provoking edge-of-the-seat treat.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A sardonic but perfectly-realised depiction of a mayhem-fuelled near future.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

As the years pass, RoboCop seems more prescient than ever.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Part man. Part machine. All '80s classic.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Prime science fiction.

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The 25-year-old flick still feels as if it was made tomorrow.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

More intelligent than the usual action-packed sci-fier.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

deals with Reagan's mad vision of a bellicose, secretive consumer wonderland as the City on the Hill.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for RoboCop

A smart political satire disguised as a comic book revenge movie that mixes hilarious dark humor, ultraviolence and science fiction without any tonal problems, and it is a wonder to see that although surely a product of its time it is still thought-provoking and able to entertain.
March 6, 2014
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A great science-fiction picture, meticulously blending action and satire into director Paul Verhoeven's gory and often hilariously disturbing vision of a future overrun with corporate greed, civil corruption, and rampant consumerism.
February 15, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

Down to it's bare bones, "Robocop" (1987) is a classic in every sense of the word. Although the film has been known for it's cheesiness and violent action, that is the last thing that I focus on, because not only is the film an awesome action movie, but the heart behind the character of Alex Murphy is pure greatness. I love every second of this film, and even though some of the effects are dated, you can forgive them, because it is such a masterly crafted picture. The story of a man who dies and is able to come back to serve and protect his city in robot form has it's odd and dumb feel to it, but the way the Peter Weller portrays his character is what drives this film to stardom. I love "Robocop"!
February 15, 2014
KJ Proulx

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    1. Alex J. Murphy/Robocop: Dead or alive, you're coming with me!
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    1. Clarence J. Boddicker: Shut up about the extended version Lebowski.
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    1. Clarence J. Boddicker: Oooh, guns guns guns!
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    1. Clarence J. Boddicker: Bitches leave!
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    1. Alex J. Murphy/Robocop: Dead or alive you're coming with me!
    – Submitted by Kyle G (15 months ago)
    1. Clarence J. Boddicker: I'd buy that for a dollar!
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