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Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 38

It certainly isn't subtle -- or even terribly smart -- but as a gleefully gory homage to low-budget exploitation thrillers, Hobo with a Shotgun packs plenty of firepower.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

It certainly isn't subtle -- or even terribly smart -- but as a gleefully gory homage to low-budget exploitation thrillers, Hobo with a Shotgun packs plenty of firepower.



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A train rolls into its final stop. From one of the freight cars jumps a weary-eyed transient with dreams of a fresh start in a new town. Instead, he lands smack-dab in the middle of an urban hellhole, a place where the cops are crooked and the underprivileged masses are treated like insignificant animals. This is a city where crime reigns supreme, and the man pulling the strings is known only as "The Drake." Along with his two cold-blooded and sadistic sons, Ivan and Slick, he rules with an iron


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Jason Eisener, John Davies (XXVIII)

Jul 5, 2011


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (38) | DVD (5)

Sick but fun.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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Gore hounds will appreciate Hobo with a Shotgun, but it is so wan that even squeamish viewers will shrug it off with a yawn.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The movie just blows chunks.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (20)
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It's all in good fun and sometimes a little clever; "Hobo" shoots low and scores an explosive spray of guts, if not glory.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A merrily blood-soaked homage to the vigilante action movies of the 1970s and early 1980s, "Hobo'' is a good idea in theory that's brought down by the banality of its practice.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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"Hobo" breathes new life into the demented realm of grindhouse cinema - a world that had grown pretty stale to this point.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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This is the type of movie you want to punch in the face.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Hobo With A Shotgun is a film in the tradition of 70s exploitation films. But unlike most grindhouse films, this one is actually awesome.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

An artless film of amateurishly scripted and staged over-the-top violence

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Such a desperate attempt at being one of Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino's '70s exploitation throwbacks that it's a little bit sad.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (3)
Antagony & Ecstasy

A cult picture that's completely comfortable in its own skin.

November 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
Film and Felt

Great title, but this silly vigilante action movie is so exaggerated, so over-the-top that it is over the hill. It has gone to seed and needs to be weeded.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (5)
Laramie Movie Scope

This one is a sicko exercise in meaningless entertainment, geared for those who get off on moronic bloodbath pics.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hobo with a Shotgun celebrates its genre roots but in no way expounds on them; it's all pastiche with no substance.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Gloriously over-the-top blood pudding about a homeless man (Hauer) who goes Dirty Harry on a dead-end town run by sadistic crims.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comments (8)
The Age (Australia)

It's a grindhouse mess but it stars Rutger Hauer!

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

This film isn't for the weak of stomach or the tenderhearted. But if you think you can enjoy its silly, explosive and splatter nature, it's a nice dose of fun.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (3)
7M Pictures

Rutger Hauer is the show, the whole show, and nothing but the show in Hobo with a Shotgun, a throwback that, for all its bloodletting and supposed shock value, feels comparatively conventional and tame.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Fun to a point, but by about the hour mark I was more than ready to check out.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The relentless and pointless sadism of the film left me cold and bored, which not even the presence of Rutger Hauer could cure.

August 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

A film that can't resist picking its own scabs.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

Hobo With a Shotgun reminded me of Hatchet, another inexplicable genre favorite that, from where I sat, seemed to do little but rearrange genre tropes to get a Pavlovian rise from its niche audience.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Rutger Hauer at least seems to be in on the joke, even if the joke wears pretty thin.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman | Comments (2)

Belongs at the bottom of a disused coal mine in one of those desperately impoverished West Virginia townships that advertise for people to send them their nuclear waste.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

It stomps over any notions of good taste and credibility after roughly five minutes.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent | Comments (2)

Crude fun.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for Hobo With a Shotgun

Well Machete did it so why not, in many respects Hobo with a Shotgun is better because nothing was expected from it and it sticks to its exploitation roots and then goes one further. It doesn't play for laughs or cameos either, this is the child of Romero, Carpenter, Trenchard-Smith, early Peter Jackson to mention but a few, even Rutger Hauer himself packs enough Grindhouse/Exploitation kudos for it to work as what it sets out to be. Like the Grindhouse project set out to do, this film recreates a film of a very different genre and does it exceptionally well, like it or not, this is one film that ticks all the boxes of what it set out to achieve. I liked it for Rutger Hauer, the many tributes to great horror/Grindhouse/Exploitation classics, The Plague - who are the best villains in recent history by a long way (they need their own film) and for not holding back. I like.
August 13, 2014

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Pretty fucked up. But then again, it's got Rutger Hauer so I'm not complaining.
August 20, 2013
Curtis Lilly

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Dear God. This far as contemporary grindhouse films (and homages to them go), this is one of the better ones. It's also one of the sickest, most violent, and disturbing films I've seen in quite a while, perhaps ever.

It's also really entertaining, sometimes quite fun, and actually pretty well made for what it is. It's a solid B movie, and that's also the grade it gets (for now). The story is pretty basic and concerns a nameless hobo who rides the rails into the ironically named city of Hopetown- an urban wasteland overrun by corruption, vileness, and degradation. He takes it upon himself to clean up the place using vigilante justice, with a shotgun as his primary tool.

Rutger Hauer gives a solid performance as the Hobo, and actually delivers delivers some monologues that help elevate the film from being purely a trashy exploitation fest. Molly Dunsworth makes her film debut as a hooker with a heart of gold who teams up with the hobo after they help one another out. Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, and Nick Bateman all chew the scenery superbly as the megalomaniacial kingpin and two equally sick sons who all control the city.

Despite being absolutely sick and disgusting ,the effects are really well done, hence their effectiveness. All of the violence is ridiculous and over the top (and almost non stop), but while most of it is supposed to be lighter in tone, some of it actually does become truly sick and disturbing tonally. Even then though, there's a lot of inventiveness to the kills, featuring some stuff I've never seen before, but kinda liked. The film overall is very stylish, featuring all kinds of garish lighting, a mish mash of various styles, and some truly odd set pieces (such as a twisted take on the Last Supper).

This film knows what it is, and isn't trying to be high art. There's a bit of room for some subtext, and you wouldn't have to do a whole lot of reaching to make your case in that regard. This is mostly just supposed to be a demented homage to trashy 70s exploitation flicks, and in that regard, it is highly successful, and not only that, but it firmly earns its place amongst the films it is paying tribute to.

If you are going to see this, and you should (at least once), just be prepared for some really messed up violence, revolting gore, and perhaps have a few drinks before hand.
June 27, 2013
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

It takes a little time to understand what "Hobo With a Shotgun" is trying to do, but once it clicks, it becomes apparent that this is a brilliantly executed homage to a very peculiar period in pop culture history.
June 3, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

    1. The Drake: When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat covered in razor blades. [rips open a thug's stomach with razor-covered bat]
    – Submitted by Matthew C (21 months ago)
    1. Slick: You know how I can tell I make you wet?
    2. Abby: No.
    3. Slick: Because you're making my dick thirsty.
    – Submitted by Tanya M (22 months ago)
    1. Abby: You can't solve the whole world's problems with a shotgun.
    2. Hobo: That's all I know.
    – Submitted by Frederick L (2 years ago)
    1. Abby: My legs are closed for tonight.
    – Submitted by Frederick L (2 years ago)
    1. Hobo: SHE'S A TEACHER! [blasts cop's head off with shotgun]
    – Submitted by Frederick L (2 years ago)
    1. Hobo: You smart and intelligent, you should be a teacher.
    – Submitted by Kelly L (2 years ago)
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