Chappie Reviews

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October 17, 2017
This tale of a police robot that is illegally used to test out intelligence-generating software is all action and no brains.
July 19, 2016
It's this time-old message of humanity, adapted to fit with today's technologies, that transcends the overpowering, at times clunky, cinematic vessel.
December 14, 2015
Its oddly jumbled machinery never clicks. The logic of Chappie gradually disintegrates, becoming increasingly farcical.
March 15, 2015
The principal charm of the film arises from Chappie's ears, which prick up and droop like those of a titanium rabbit.
March 13, 2015
Blomkamp's strength lies in his unabashed populism, an extension of his sympathy with the underdog.
March 10, 2015
While the visual effects are spectacularly seamless, they're in the service of a movie which devolves from vaguely funny to just-plain silly to numbingly gory.
March 7, 2015
There's material in Chappie for a worthwhile motion picture but too little is explored by Blomkamp to make this worth a trip to a theater.
March 6, 2015
It may be too sloppy and indulgent to actually call good, but that still leaves room for words like heartfelt, trippy, personal, and even admirable.
March 6, 2015
I didn't think there was room in my heart for another kind-bot-in-a-cruel-world. I was wrong.
March 6, 2015
This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.
March 6, 2015
One of those incongruous Franken-films that's simultaneously bombastically brutal and treacly.
March 6, 2015
It's cluttered, goofy and incoherent from beginning to end, and much too long.
March 6, 2015
There's something fearlessly uncool about the film, which suffers mostly from being made 30 years too late.
March 6, 2015
At one point, an anguished Chappie screams out "Why do you humans do this?"-while he is theoretically commenting on the inhumanity of man at this point, I couldn't help but think of it as his plaintive comment on the film as a whole.
March 6, 2015
Chappie is a clunky mix: a sentimental comedy-thriller with hideous violence and a profound cynicism about the inexorability of the computer-enhanced surveillance state.
March 6, 2015
A loud and unpleasant "RoboCop" rehash that gives us no one to root for and nothing to think about.
March 6, 2015
"Chappie" is all over the place, employing a cloying, "Patch Adams"-like sentimentality and abandoning logic at every turn.
March 6, 2015
Low on meaning, but full of high-velocity chases, helicopter pursuits, and weapons blasting around empty warehouses marred by graffiti and trash.
March 6, 2015
I haven't been as happy to see a movie end since the third "Transformers."
March 5, 2015
Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp bolts together used and stolen parts for his robot movie Chappie, and the lamentable result is far from riveting.
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