Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)



Critic Consensus: Bombastic and intentionally gross, Repo! The Genetic Opera has a unique style but lacks the wit and substance to be involving.

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Saw series mainstay Darren Lynn Bousman reunites with Twisted Pictures producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for this futuristic shocker detailing a terrifying epidemic of organ failures. The denizens of planet Earth have been devastated by inexplicable and widespread organ failures, and as a result scientists begin planning a substantial organ harvest. Though an innovative biotech conglomerate subsequently offers the fearful public a means of maintaining their health by enacting a series of hassle-free organ payment plans, things begin to get messy when it's revealed that the financed body parts are subjected to legal default, and that failure to maintain proper payment will result in forceful repossession of the organs. Paul Sorvino and Spy Kids' Alexa Vega star alongside celebrity socialite Paris Hilton in the Lionsgate film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content)
Genre: Horror, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Anthony Head
as Nathan Wallace / Rep...
Bill Moseley
as Luigi Largo
Paris Hilton
as Amber Sweet
Paul Sorvino
as Rotti Largo
Terrance Zdunich
as Grave Robber
Sarah Brightman
as Blind Mag
Alexa Vega
as Shilo Wallace
Nivek Ogre
as Pavi Largo
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Critic Reviews for Repo! The Genetic Opera

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (18)

As it has evolved from a 10-minute cabaret piece, through a short film Bousman made in Toronto, to the big screen, Repo! The Genetic Opera has gained in both guts and gusto.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

David Cronenberg might have made a great movie with the plot to Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

All-out thriller with few Bond touches but plenty of high-octane action.

November 10, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

I hated this movie.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

I don't know if words can describe just how awful and disgusting and insulting this movie was to watch.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

The lowbrow and highfalutin collide in an orgy of upscale disembowelment as director Darren Lynn Bousman gives uneasy birth to the gore opera.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Repo! The Genetic Opera

In my life time, there have been few films that have taken over my mind, entranced me, or even became a staple in my subconscious as this indie horror/ rock opera. Now, is it a great film? No. It is not. In fact, I would not even call it good. It's okay if nothing else. Well, seeing as how it was made with half of the budget of Saw IV, what is one to expect? But, now you are wondering why it is that I have given this film a perfect five star rating? Simple: it's entertaining, original, and created the first real horror musical.
Now, the main idea of this film deal with a post apocalyptic world where everyone is being killed via organ failures. So, GENco is created to satisfy the need for organ replacements. But, there is a catch: if you don't pay your bills, the Repo Men come for you. And when they find you, your time is up. The cool thing is that the above is not the plot of the film. That is just the backdrop. There is no real plot to Repo! because the entire film is made up of all these different back stories that just happen to connect in one way or another. As a director, I will say that this film will probably be Darren Lynn Bousman's masterpiece, and that is being generous because he is not that good of a director. There are some very questionable parts in this film that should have been tweaked a bit, reedited, and synced better with the music. But for what he has given us, it's not bad. Better than any of his SAW films.
But what really makes me love this film is one person: Terrance Zdunich. Z (as I will call him) is what is needed in this world in terms of musicals: originality. By the time I am writing this review, he has made two musicals and both of them are better than they should have been. The secret is that he takes music that is underground and brings it to the realm of show tunes. Each of the 64 pieces that were composed for this film are absolutely wonderful and actually could have worked as a concept album. His music styles brings a freshness to the idea of stage plays and musicals, the end result being him probably leading a revolution - a renascence - of rock operas that we have not really seen. In short, the music in this film is unique, different, and actually pretty good.
The cast of this film is something also of a shock. First off, you have people like Anthony Head from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Alexa Vega from Spy Kids in on this. First off, what?! Second off, wow. Hearing them preform is really what makes this film work. They have this chemistry on screen that appears believable and their voices are not that bad to listen to. In fact, most of the cast (including Paris Hilton) are not that bad. But only two people steal the show with their voices: Paul Sorvinno and making her gorgeous debut: Sarah Brightman. Both performers I have complete respect for and this film just enhances my love for both. Even more hearing Brightman's beautiful soprano voice. If nothing else, their voices make this film work and worth while.
So, is this a good film? No. It's okay from a critical perspective. But it is entertaining to watch, at times wonderful to look at (take this part lightly), and in this critic's book, a great film. As I have said, there are some films that just change our lives and become a part of us. Repo! The Genetic Opera is one of those films that is a staple of my years of being a teenager, has had a huge impact, and is still thought of fondly four years after it was made.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the concept of Repo! The Genetic Opera, however this film doesn't rival The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The film is very elaborate and effective, and does have good music. The film was directed by Darren Lyn Bousman who previously cut his teeth on a few Saw films. Produced by Twisted Pictures, Repo! The Genetic Opera is a good enough, modernized horror musical with plenty of gore for today's new breed of horror fans. I enjoyed this film, however I felt that it wasn't especially great, I thought that it would be very good, considering some of the review in horror circles, but I felt slightly disappointed in the film. Not saying that it's bad, quite on the contrary, I'm just saying that this film was slightly overhyped. Repo! will surely please gore fans, as the film doesn't lack in blood and gore. The songs are good, and Paris Hilton's screen time isn't too bad either (surprisingly), this film is a good enough film to watch, or despite the fact that it's not as good as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Repo! The Genetic Opera is still a memorable viewing experience. If you've enjoyed the Saw films, then you'll most likely going to enjoy this film. A good blend of music, horror and plenty of gore make this a must see for horror fans. Repo! The Genetic Opera is a fairly eccentric musical, but considering the horror aspects of the film, what do you expect? An interesting addition to the horror musical genre, Repo! The Genetic Opera is a film that will stick you for some time.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Shilo Wallace: Why oh why are my genetics such a bitch?

"Not Your Parent's Opera"

Repo! The Genetic Opera is not nearly as bad as the plot description may indicate. It actually has a pretty cool and atmospheric feeling to it, but I would be lying if I said I didn't grow tired of it fairly quick. Some scenes are awesome, stylish and just just downright brilliant, but more than not the scenes are stupid and badly done.

It's a strange, strange film that isn't like anything you've seen before. It has a Nightmare Before Christmas feeling to it at times, but obviously much more violent and the songs are not nearly as good. As a short film, maybe 45 minutes, this would have been awesome, but there's just not enough there to make an hour and a half musical. The filmmakers tried to make something cool and at times it is, but in the end it will just have you saying "What the fuck did I just watch?"

Repo! is inventive and original, which is always nice, but it may have tried a bit too hard to distance itself from other movies. It's a nice try, but I didn't particularly care for it.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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