Critics Consensus: RoboCop is Half Man, Half Machine, Half Fresh

Plus, About Last Night is funny and insightful, while Endless Love and Winter's Tale are romantic duds.

Happy Valentine's Day! This week at the movies, we've got futuristic law enforcement (RoboCop, starring Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman); a star-crossed romance (Endless Love, starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde); a time-spanning battle between good and evil (Winter's Tale, starring Colin Farrell and Jennifer Connelly), and the complexities of love (About Last Night, starring Kevin Hart and Regina Hall). What do the critics have to say?

RoboCop

49%

A wicked satire disguised as a sci-fi action flick, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop was one of the most brutal and subversive mainstream films of the late 1980s. The best critics can say for the new RoboCop is that it's well-acted and reasonably exciting, but it lacks the visceral grit that made the original so compelling. When Detroit detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is badly injured on the job, a military contractor fits him with a robot exoskeleton in an attempt to create the ultimate crime fighter. The pundits say RoboCop is sleek and competent, but it's short on the risk-taking verve of its predecessor. (Check out this week's 24 Frames for a gallery of movie cyborgs.)

Endless Love

15%

The original Endless Love was no great shakes, but it at least earned points for audacity. Critics say the biggest problem with this remake is that it's pretty bland, lacking the passion and energy to make this anything other than a middling melodrama. Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde stars as teenagers from different sides of the tracks who fall in love, but complications ensue when her dad demands she break up with him. The pundits say Endless Love boasts some solid supporting performances, but it's hobbled by a predictable plot and a shortage of fireworks. /m/endless_love/

Winter's Tale

13%

Winter's Tale has it all: time travel, magic realism, deathless passion, and even Satan himself. What it lacks, critics say, is logic, coherence, and restraint, and the result is an unintentionally funny schmaltz-fest that's more likely to inspire befuddlement than swooning. It's 1915, and Peter (Colin Farrell) has fallen in love with Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay) while robbing her family's mansion. When she dies of consumption, he finds himself in the present-day, where he bonds with Virginia (Jennifer Connelly) and tries to escape a demon (Russell Crowe). The pundits say Winter's Tale looks pretty, but it's so over-earnest and inexplicable that it ultimately falls far short of its ambitious aims. (Check out our video interview with the cast of Winter's Tale, as well as this week's Total Recall, in which we count down Connelly's best-reviewed movies.)

About Last Night

68%

Plenty of movies capture the buzz of infatuation at the beginning of a love affair. What makes About Last Night special, critics say, is that it's also wise about the ups and downs that follow -- and it's often hilarious to boot. The movie follows Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) from their first meeting to an eventual break up; meanwhile, their friends Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) share a combustible bond of their own. The pundits say About Last Night doesn't reinvent the romantic comedy wheel, but it's refreshingly honest and insightful, and it provides a fine showcase for Hart's onscreen talents.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The New Black, a documentary about the campaign to drum up African American support for same-sex marriage in Maryland, is at 78 percent.
  • The Returned, a sci-fi thriller in which a medicine used to contain a zombie outbreak is running low, is at 60 percent.
  • Lucky Bastard, a found-footage thriller about a porn website that recruits a contest winner for a voyeuristic and humiliating film, is at 58 percent.
  • Jimmy P., starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a drama about an anthropologist who treats a World War II vet who suffered a debilitating head injury, is at 50 percent.
  • Adult World, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack in a comedy about a recent college grad and aspiring poet who reluctantly takes a job at an adult bookstore, is at 44 percent.
  • Easy Money: Hard to Kill, starring Joel Kinnaman in a crime drama about an ex-con who sinks deeper into the drug trade, is at 27 percent.
  • Girl On A Bicycle, a romantic comedy about an engaged bus driver who falls for a woman he accidentally injures, is at zero percent.

Finally, props to Alex Meyer for guessing Vampire Academy's 10 percent Tomatometer.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Hollywood knows best.

Feb 13 - 05:05 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Yes, they do!

Feb 13 - 06:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Green" means something different at RT.

Feb 13 - 07:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The original "Robocop" was initially given an 'R' rating, why can't they do that again!

Feb 13 - 05:08 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Because money.

Feb 13 - 05:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because the "R" Robocop made no money :(

Feb 13 - 07:02 PM

Richard Becker

Richard Becker

Actually it did, and then some.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/business?ref_=tt_dt_bus

Feb 13 - 09:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

:( = sarcasm.

Feb 13 - 10:08 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Most remakes or R-rated movies are PG-13 nowadays. That way, they can attract wider audiences.

Feb 13 - 05:41 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The older half of the millennials (the largest generation in American history) are early-20s now. This is a fallacy of logic.

Feb 13 - 07:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but RoboCop probably wants to cash in on the teenage male demographic.

Feb 13 - 07:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was a pre-teen when I saw Robocop in the theater. And Aliens. And Predator. And Die Hard. Just like all my pre-teen friends. Maybe today's parents are the problem. "No R movies for you! Now watch some Family Guy instead."

Feb 13 - 07:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm 18 now, so the rating hardly matters to me, but I think that with R movies sometimes, it gets caught up so much with the blood and gore and language that the meaning gets a bit lost.

Feb 13 - 07:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

But - notably - this wasn't the case in the original, which was notoriously bloody at the time. If anything, according to reviews, this version is far more muddled.

Feb 13 - 07:40 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

This version seems like it's taking advantage of modern drone issues and such, a topic that is probably too expansive and convoluted to be dealt with well in any film. I haven't seen the original, so any judgement I have is coming from the marketing I've seen for the remake so far.

Feb 13 - 07:48 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I saw it tonight. It was ok. Better than I expected but $10.50 better? Probably not. The drone stuff is in there and, as you suspect, its presented a little sophomoric.

Feb 13 - 11:50 PM

Marc Cerone

Marc "Cerone" Chaudry

While I liked the original RoboCop, the gory and cartoony characters became excessive and somewhat clouded the political commentary and satire of American culture tot he point where it almost went full retard. This PG-13 re-imagining looks surprisingly more mature on a human level. Not to mention the cast is first rate, though on a villain wise side note, I think I will miss Clarence Boddicker XD

Feb 14 - 08:52 AM

Aaron Sylvester

Aaron Sylvester

Dredd 2012 kept it's R rating as the original...and it was far more bloody/gritty than the original. No idea why Robocop, a movie known for harsh violence, was released as a PG13. Besides the obvious answer of "PG13 makes more money and people are greedy".

Feb 14 - 09:35 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think you just proved the point Typhon Q was making. Dredd (The beginning of an Epic Franchise) flopped so hard that all dreams of Franchise were dashed to pieces.

Feb 14 - 10:31 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

The original ROBOCOP was a hit; JUDGE DREDD was a flop. That's why ROBOCOP 2014 could afford being PG-13, while DREDD needed to please the fans that were dissapointed the first time around.

Feb 14 - 02:53 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Dredd got an r-rating because it was pretty low budget and therefore not much of a financial risk. I think that's the main reason why PG-13 is so preferable in science fiction and fantasy films nowadays. Budgets have increased at a far greater rate than revenue. I mean to put things in perspective, even if you were to account for inflation, the entire budgets of films like Aliens, Predator and Robocop wouldn't equal the salary Johnny Depp got for staring in On Stranger Tides (it's hard to believe there once was a time when Sean Connery made headlines by being paid 2 million to star in Diamonds Are Forever).

Feb 14 - 06:51 PM

Gunshots ByComputer

Gunshots ByComputer

Wrong. Robocop got an NC-17 rating. It was the first movie to ever get the nc 17 rating for violence alone. It was later cut to r rated, but japan and later the critieon collection would get the original version. Amazing btw!

Feb 14 - 04:53 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The NC-17 rating wasn't introduced until 1990, and the first movie to get the rating was that year's Henry and June. I have no idea where some of you get your awful information from.

Feb 14 - 04:44 PM

Mark Vandrell

Mark Vandrell

They may have just refused to give it a rating until they trimmed the violence down a bit.

Feb 14 - 05:33 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Actually, he is correct. Robocop did have to be cut multiple times to receive an R-rating or else it would have gotten an X-rating (the NC-17 equivalent at the time). No need to act so condescending.

Feb 14 - 06:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wait. I was correcting the guy who was trying to be the know-it-all. Forgive my superior resources.

Feb 14 - 07:17 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm actually amused by how low of a score Winters Tale got.

Feb 13 - 05:15 PM

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Hahaha! Is it bad that I take pleasure in such dismal failures? Hmmmm.....

Feb 13 - 10:15 PM

Marc Cerone

Marc "Cerone" Chaudry

Go hug Dan McBride's leg.

Feb 14 - 08:55 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I heard one of the lines he uses to charm the girl is "You remind me of how much I enjoy Reading"

wow.

Feb 14 - 10:32 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Because money.

Feb 13 - 05:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because the "R" Robocop made no money :(

Feb 13 - 07:02 PM

Richard Becker

Richard Becker

Actually it did, and then some.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/business?ref_=tt_dt_bus

Feb 13 - 09:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

:( = sarcasm.

Feb 13 - 10:08 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

They know About Last Night is a remake right? Don't really get talking about the originality of a remake. It also loses points with me for not having young Demi Moore boobs in it.

Feb 13 - 05:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It was so awesome when women had imperfect breasts that looked real and not like tether-balls. I almost hope About Last Night wins the weekend, to put a rest to this anti-R dogma.

Feb 13 - 07:05 PM

Super Bacon

Super Bacon

But it won't. The Lego Movie will.

Feb 14 - 02:52 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I hope it wins too, and you speak great truth about Bosom. I remember reading "Top Hot Stars" on Movies.yahoo a while ago and a ton of comments from these poor kids about Alice Eve were "What happened to her breasts?" They haven't Been Abrhamed kids! Thats how Breasts in a dress not touched up by Hollywood look!

Feb 14 - 10:35 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

50% for ROBOCOP? That's the rating I gave the original, which means I'll probably hate this remake. Still, it looks much more interesting than ENDLESS LOVE.

Akiva Goldsman has had a hit-or-miss career. So it was unlikely he'd do a good job as a director. WINTER'S TALE didn't have a promising trailer, but I never expected such low rating.

Feb 13 - 05:40 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

You gave the original Robocop a score of 50%
Are you a girl? Or trolling?

Feb 14 - 10:05 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

L.O.L.!

Feb 14 - 12:20 PM

Super Bacon

Super Bacon

No, he's smart. He puts dots in between each letter of L.O.L.

Feb 14 - 02:53 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I wonder how Bacon traveled back in time to post 8 hours before the person he responded to.

Feb 14 - 04:45 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Janson, RT crashed....now it's permanently fucked.

Feb 14 - 05:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This site always has bugs.

Feb 14 - 07:19 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Most remakes or R-rated movies are PG-13 nowadays. That way, they can attract wider audiences.

Feb 13 - 05:41 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The older half of the millennials (the largest generation in American history) are early-20s now. This is a fallacy of logic.

Feb 13 - 07:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but RoboCop probably wants to cash in on the teenage male demographic.

Feb 13 - 07:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was a pre-teen when I saw Robocop in the theater. And Aliens. And Predator. And Die Hard. Just like all my pre-teen friends. Maybe today's parents are the problem. "No R movies for you! Now watch some Family Guy instead."

Feb 13 - 07:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm 18 now, so the rating hardly matters to me, but I think that with R movies sometimes, it gets caught up so much with the blood and gore and language that the meaning gets a bit lost.

Feb 13 - 07:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

But - notably - this wasn't the case in the original, which was notoriously bloody at the time. If anything, according to reviews, this version is far more muddled.

Feb 13 - 07:40 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

This version seems like it's taking advantage of modern drone issues and such, a topic that is probably too expansive and convoluted to be dealt with well in any film. I haven't seen the original, so any judgement I have is coming from the marketing I've seen for the remake so far.

Feb 13 - 07:48 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I saw it tonight. It was ok. Better than I expected but $10.50 better? Probably not. The drone stuff is in there and, as you suspect, its presented a little sophomoric.

Feb 13 - 11:50 PM

Marc Cerone

Marc "Cerone" Chaudry

While I liked the original RoboCop, the gory and cartoony characters became excessive and somewhat clouded the political commentary and satire of American culture tot he point where it almost went full retard. This PG-13 re-imagining looks surprisingly more mature on a human level. Not to mention the cast is first rate, though on a villain wise side note, I think I will miss Clarence Boddicker XD

Feb 14 - 08:52 AM

Aaron Sylvester

Aaron Sylvester

Dredd 2012 kept it's R rating as the original...and it was far more bloody/gritty than the original. No idea why Robocop, a movie known for harsh violence, was released as a PG13. Besides the obvious answer of "PG13 makes more money and people are greedy".

Feb 14 - 09:35 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think you just proved the point Typhon Q was making. Dredd (The beginning of an Epic Franchise) flopped so hard that all dreams of Franchise were dashed to pieces.

Feb 14 - 10:31 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

The original ROBOCOP was a hit; JUDGE DREDD was a flop. That's why ROBOCOP 2014 could afford being PG-13, while DREDD needed to please the fans that were dissapointed the first time around.

Feb 14 - 02:53 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Dredd got an r-rating because it was pretty low budget and therefore not much of a financial risk. I think that's the main reason why PG-13 is so preferable in science fiction and fantasy films nowadays. Budgets have increased at a far greater rate than revenue. I mean to put things in perspective, even if you were to account for inflation, the entire budgets of films like Aliens, Predator and Robocop wouldn't equal the salary Johnny Depp got for staring in On Stranger Tides (it's hard to believe there once was a time when Sean Connery made headlines by being paid 2 million to star in Diamonds Are Forever).

Feb 14 - 06:51 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Colin Farrell is really hit and miss for me. When he's good he's really good(In Bruges, Saving Mr. Banks, Fright Night) and when he's bad he's horrible (Alexander, Miami Vice, The New World).

Feb 13 - 05:44 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Miami Vice........I really hated everyone involved after I watched that film.

Feb 13 - 06:01 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Yes, they do!

Feb 13 - 06:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Green" means something different at RT.

Feb 13 - 07:01 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Miami Vice........I really hated everyone involved after I watched that film.

Feb 13 - 06:01 PM

jgalvin5

Jordan Galvin

Well looks like im going to see the lego movie again this weekend

Feb 13 - 06:36 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I think that's my plan as well.

Feb 13 - 07:14 PM

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

Oh my gosh, I won!!! Thank you so much, Rotten Tomatoes!!!

Feb 13 - 06:41 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Congrats!

Feb 13 - 06:59 PM

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

Thanks!!

Feb 14 - 07:08 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Congrats!

Feb 13 - 06:59 PM

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

Thanks!!

Feb 14 - 07:08 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Green" means something different at RT.

Feb 13 - 07:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because the "R" Robocop made no money :(

Feb 13 - 07:02 PM

Richard Becker

Richard Becker

Actually it did, and then some.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/business?ref_=tt_dt_bus

Feb 13 - 09:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

:( = sarcasm.

Feb 13 - 10:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The older half of the millennials (the largest generation in American history) are early-20s now. This is a fallacy of logic.

Feb 13 - 07:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but RoboCop probably wants to cash in on the teenage male demographic.

Feb 13 - 07:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was a pre-teen when I saw Robocop in the theater. And Aliens. And Predator. And Die Hard. Just like all my pre-teen friends. Maybe today's parents are the problem. "No R movies for you! Now watch some Family Guy instead."

Feb 13 - 07:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm 18 now, so the rating hardly matters to me, but I think that with R movies sometimes, it gets caught up so much with the blood and gore and language that the meaning gets a bit lost.

Feb 13 - 07:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

But - notably - this wasn't the case in the original, which was notoriously bloody at the time. If anything, according to reviews, this version is far more muddled.

Feb 13 - 07:40 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

This version seems like it's taking advantage of modern drone issues and such, a topic that is probably too expansive and convoluted to be dealt with well in any film. I haven't seen the original, so any judgement I have is coming from the marketing I've seen for the remake so far.

Feb 13 - 07:48 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I saw it tonight. It was ok. Better than I expected but $10.50 better? Probably not. The drone stuff is in there and, as you suspect, its presented a little sophomoric.

Feb 13 - 11:50 PM

Marc Cerone

Marc "Cerone" Chaudry

While I liked the original RoboCop, the gory and cartoony characters became excessive and somewhat clouded the political commentary and satire of American culture tot he point where it almost went full retard. This PG-13 re-imagining looks surprisingly more mature on a human level. Not to mention the cast is first rate, though on a villain wise side note, I think I will miss Clarence Boddicker XD

Feb 14 - 08:52 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It was so awesome when women had imperfect breasts that looked real and not like tether-balls. I almost hope About Last Night wins the weekend, to put a rest to this anti-R dogma.

Feb 13 - 07:05 PM

Super Bacon

Super Bacon

But it won't. The Lego Movie will.

Feb 14 - 02:52 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I hope it wins too, and you speak great truth about Bosom. I remember reading "Top Hot Stars" on Movies.yahoo a while ago and a ton of comments from these poor kids about Alice Eve were "What happened to her breasts?" They haven't Been Abrhamed kids! Thats how Breasts in a dress not touched up by Hollywood look!

Feb 14 - 10:35 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but RoboCop probably wants to cash in on the teenage male demographic.

Feb 13 - 07:07 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I think that's my plan as well.

Feb 13 - 07:14 PM

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