RoboCop Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2014
Verhoeven's strong suits have always been visual energy and a Rabelaisan realism: a gutsy, jovial way of ripping through social systems.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
February 11, 2014
RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2014
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 14, 2009
A sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
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.
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Mark Salisbury
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Vile, violent, and very funny. The pace is breakneck, and when the wit does run out, way-out weaponry and whole-scale destruction keep the appalled excitement burning.
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Walter Goodman
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Whatever may have been in the minds of the writers, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, has more trouble emerging from Mr. Verhoeven's sizzling battles than poor Murphy does from his robosuit.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 13, 2001
RoboCop is as tightly worked as a film can be, not a moment or line wasted.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Most thriller and special-effects movies come right off the assembly line...RoboCop is a thriller with a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
...RoboCop is one weird and entertaining hybrid of camp and sci-fi shoot-'em-up.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
...Verhoeven strives for bloodcurdling, darkly comic eloquence. He gives us heart with the hardware. Savagery with smarts.