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Shoot 'Em Up (2007)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 54

As preposterous and over-the-top as Shoot 'Em Up may be, its humor and non-stop action make for a very enjoyable film.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 19

As preposterous and over-the-top as Shoot 'Em Up may be, its humor and non-stop action make for a very enjoyable film.



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Clive Owen stars in this gritty, over the top action thriller as Mr. Smith, a gun-toting badass with a hair trigger and an unknown past. He's far from a doctor and farther from a parent, but when he unwittingly discovers an innocent woman delivering a baby right in the middle of a gunfight, Smith enters the fray to save her and though the woman expires, he is the one left in care of the orphaned child. He thinks that the killers were after the woman, but soon he realizes that they had a far more


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

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Jan 1, 2008


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After about an hour, though, it all becomes a mind-numbing barrage.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comments (3)
Associated Press
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One can certainly be amused and entertained by writer-director Michael Davis's hyperbolic action frolics -- I was -- but not without feeling pretty low and stupid.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic affectionate, often very funny Simpsons parody of its whole eponymous genre. It's a live-action McBane as co-directed by Quentin Tarantino and Chuck Jones.... Shoot 'Em Up is Hot Fuzz gone to the Dark Side.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source:
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It's just gunfights strung together, without a whisper of coherence or meaning.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
Washington Post
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The most audacious, implausible, cheerfully offensive, hyperactive action picture I've seen since, oh, Sin City, which in comparison was a chamber drama.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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This is seedy, morally defunct, low-IQ cinema for airheads: it's toe-curlingly violent and mostly plain nasty, but quite fun in a debauched kind of way.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Far from being a spoof on the genre, Shoot 'Em Up is an action movie with the flab removed - with no more than maybe ten minutes of exposition, you're left with a series of interconnecting money shots, each one more gooey than the last.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

Merrily amoral, shamelessly watchable and outlandishly funny, Shoot 'Em Up is not for all tastes, but those with a dark sense of humor will have a ball.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC's certainly impossible to deny the effectiveness of the three central performances.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Clive Owen is ideally cast as the likeable loner (with a tragedy in his past, of course) whose self defence and killing efficiency is declared with deadpan delivery.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...painfully uncool one-liners, a flat performance from Clive Owen, a disgusting job by Paul Giamatti and a plot that reveals itself to be idiotic.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (3)
The Scorecard Review

Shoot 'em Up dispenses with plot, character development and coherency, but it's a blast all the same.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

...essentially just one long chase sequence that becomes much too monotonous much too soon.

January 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

a sometimes hilarious, sometimes eye-goggling reductio ad absurdum of the action flick to its barest kinetic essentials - like one of those porn compilations of money shots, only in a different genre.

January 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...arguably the best-directed movie of the year.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: OC Weekly | Comments (3)
OC Weekly

In its essence it's nothing but a violent live action Bugs Bunny cartoon and I dug it.

December 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Uma versão idiota de Filhos da Esperança.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The whole thing is supposed to be played for laughs, but it is too bloody, too brutal and too sadistic to be remotely amusing.

November 1, 2007 Full Review | Comments (6)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It is obvious that this is a movie where the filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing, which is why I believe this movie will live on much longer than its box office receipts indicate.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Forget style over substance; the style is the substance here, and it's hard to complain when it's all, quite simply, so much damn fun.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

The cast alone makes it worth seeing this semi-serious satire of cowboy diplomacy action flicks.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Shoot 'Em Up

November 12, 2013
Directors Cat
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I expected crap CGI nonsense and was pleasantly surprised.
The first thing I noticed about this crazy 'robocop/total recall' topping death tollathon was the action gun battles are really well done and look realistic, there's no obvious CGI effects in there and its all very gritty and cool, over the top but cool.

The whole thing is really dumb lets be honest, the story is awful and the main lead, Owen, is totally miscast in my opinion, he's just not this kind of action man and can't fit the role. It is funny though, gives Arnie a run for the money with wisecracks after gunning down the latest henchman...of which there is no end of of course.

There are some stupid sequences that do spoil the realism and hardcore violence, jumping out of a plane with a following midair gun battle? jumping into a car through a sunroof from off a tall building? and catapolting through a windscreen after crashing head on with a van and landing safely inside to comfortably shoot everybody!?. All of which are too computer gamey for me, but you have to expect that with this type of film, after all the title says it all.

Its good for the gun battles and bloodshed, if it was Arnie I would be wetting myself with glee shame it isn't. But its good to see a good old fashioned bloodbath, and for once with little CGI shit.
August 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

While the film's excessive violence and crude humor may not satisfy all moviegoers, it is still a solid shot in presenting a well-formulated plot along with a strong performances from its cast (Owen, Giamatti, Bellucci) Shoot 'Em Up, like the protagonist in the film, shoots everywhere from all different angles, and though unorthodox, finds its target and penetrates well. 4.5/5
May 7, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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    1. Hertz: The leader that stays in the rear, takes it in the rear.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (23 months ago)
    1. Smith: Nothin' like a good hand job.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (23 months ago)
    1. Smith: [eats carrot] What's up dock?
    2. Hertz: Aww you're a wascally little wabbit.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (23 months ago)
    1. Smith: Fuck you you fucking fuckers!
    – Submitted by Andrew K (23 months ago)
    1. Smith: Eat your vegetables.
    – Submitted by Kristopher M (2 years ago)
    1. Hertz: My god! Do we really suck, or is this guy really that good?
    – Submitted by Friso C (2 years ago)
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