RoboCop (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

RoboCop (1987)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. The film was later followed by two feature-length sequels and a live-action television series, neither of which were as successful as the original film.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner, Ed Neumeier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Orion Pictures Corporation - Official Site


Peter Weller
as Officer Alex J. Murp...
Nancy Allen
as Officer Anne Lewis
Ronny Cox
as Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith
as Clarence J. Boddicke...
Miguel Ferrer
as Robert Morton
Robert DoQui
as Sgt. Reed
Ray Wise
as Leon Nash
Felton Perry
as Johnson
Paul McCrane
as Emil Antonowsky
Dan O'Herlihy
as The Old Man
Mario Machado
as TV Newscaster
Leeza Gibbons
as TV Newscaster
Lee de Broux
as Drug Dealer
Del Zamora
as Kaplan
Calvin Jung
as Steve Minh
Michael Gregory
as Lt. Hedgecock
Fred Hice
as Bobby
Charles Carroll
as Bail Bondsman
Kevin Page
as Kinney, OCP marketi...
Tyrees Allen
as Starkweather
Karen Radcliffe
as Technician #1
Darryl Cox
as Technician #2
Jerry Haynes
as Dr. McNamara
Mike Moroff
as Hophead
Jo Livingston
as Grocery Pop
Diane Robin
as Chandra
Angie Bolling
as Murphy's Wife
J. Michael Hunter
as Peter the Homeowner
David Packer
as Emergency Doctor
Jesse D. Goins
as Joe P. Cox
Spencer Prokop
as Gas Station Attendan...
S.D. Nemeth
as Bixby Snyder
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Critic Reviews for RoboCop

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices.

Full Review… | July 14, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for RoboCop


Never saw this in the 80's when it was first out. Just watched it 2015, and let's just say I am underwhelmed.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


The most awesome 80's movie! Full of 80's style, gore, interresting themes, smart scenes and lines and of course it's black humour satire.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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