Shoot 'Em Up Reviews

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Ali Gray
November 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Grierson
July 23, 2008
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.
May 1, 2008
Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 25, 2008's certainly impossible to deny the effectiveness of the three central performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2008
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.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 4, 2008
Shoot 'em Up dispenses with plot, character development and coherency, but it's a blast all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 9, 2008
...essentially just one long chase sequence that becomes much too monotonous much too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
January 9, 2008
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 3, 2008
After about an hour, though, it all becomes a mind-numbing barrage.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
OC Weekly
January 3, 2008
...arguably the best-directed movie of the year.
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Mark Bourne
January 2, 2008 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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 22, 2007
In its essence it's nothing but a violent live action Bugs Bunny cartoon and I dug it.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 8, 2007
Uma versão idiota de Filhos da Esperança.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 3, 2007
It's just gunfights strung together, without a whisper of coherence or meaning.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 1, 2007
The whole thing is supposed to be played for laughs, but it is too bloody, too brutal and too sadistic to be remotely amusing.
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 20, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin A. Ranson
October 3, 2007
The cast alone makes it worth seeing this semi-serious satire of cowboy diplomacy action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
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