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Shoot 'Em Up Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
January 2, 2008
...an 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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 3, 2007
It's just gunfights strung together, without a whisper of coherence or meaning.
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Roger Ebert
Denver Post
September 15, 2007
The most audacious, implausible, cheerfully offensive, hyperactive action picture I've seen since, oh, Sin City, which in comparison was a chamber drama.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
September 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 10, 2007
A big bloody disappointment.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 8, 2007
Giamatti plays his villain role with a purring fervency that implies he wishes he had a properly twirlable mustache.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 7, 2007
The sum of the movie's exploding parts adds up to nothing -- not even just good, sick fun.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 7, 2007
For mainstream audiences, its whiplash pacing, frenetic camera work and offhand manner toward blood spillage probably will be disturbing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 7, 2007
If John Woo had directed a Bugs Bunny cartoon written by the creators of South Park, the result might be something like Shoot `Em Up, but with a crucial difference: Bugs Bunny cartoons were always less than 10 minutes long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 7, 2007
Jaw-dropping only hints at the reaction to the intricately staged fights, especially a shootout between Smith and a dozen or so villains as they step out of a jet and plummet toward Earth sans parachutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2007
Even more distressing is the presence of Owen and Paul Giamatti. I understand the concept of working as much as possible while you're hot, but it's a slippery slope.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 7, 2007
You know Quentin Tarantino is probably over the hill when he can be so parodied with such deadly precision in Shoot 'Em Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
This is likely the fastest-moving intentionally funny action movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 7, 2007
There are only so many ways to shoot people, and the movie gets repetitive in its gleeful nihilism and downright boring when the gunfire stops and characters start trying to explain what little plot exists.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2007
Over-the-top doesn't begin to describe Shoot 'Em Up's set-pieces, most of which are undeniably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 7, 2007
Like Quentin Tarantino without the aesthetic posturing, the film is giddy with pop references -- and embraces the sloshy fun of exploitation genre-tweaking...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 7, 2007
Bang. Bang. Bang-bang blood, blood, blood. There, you've seen the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 7, 2007
The ultimate target audience will undoubtedly have the added benefit of libations.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
Shoot 'em Up will become, I suspect, some kind of legend in the murky depths of extreme action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2007
It's a cocktail made up of three parts testosterone to one part brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 7, 2007
There is no wisdom or critical acumen in evidence in Shoot 'Em Up, however. Just 100 or so cool scenes masquerading as a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 7, 2007
Shoot 'Em Up is a witless, soulless, heartless movie that mistakes noise for bravura and tastelessness for wit.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 6, 2007
Deliriously tasteless and shamelessly entertaining, Shoot 'Em Up is the guiltiest pleasure of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 6, 2007
With its absurd anti-gun "message," the film certainly could be called a satire, yet it remains firmly within the genre it is satirizing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2007
For sheer audacity and adrenaline-fueled carnage, Shoot 'Em Up hits its target pretty much dead on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 6, 2007
I get it that as soon as graphic novels or video games are invoked as references in a movie, we're all supposed to chuckle indulgently at the content. But I refuse to relinquish my right to be repelled by this nasty piece of work.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2007
Really, this thing is pretty rank.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 6, 2007
The most amoral action film since Crank.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 6, 2007
Everything about this neo-noir version of an Itchy & Scratchy marathon is casually ludicrous, right down to its back-handed advocacy of - wait for it - gun control.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 6, 2007
It's hard to get too worked up about a film whose very title announces its maker's intent.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2007
Drinking the full adrenaline-with-a-wink cocktail might be too much, but there's nothing wrong with sampling it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2007
Smith, in other words, does exactly what you'd expect the hero of a bloody, trashy, volcanically depraved action movie to do. He just does it a little bit...more so, and that's the rollicking good joke of Shoot 'Em Up
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 5, 2007
This wet dream for action junkies leaves out logic and motivation -- you know, all the boring stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 22, 2007
Anyone looking for subtlety, character development or layered plotting will be disappointed, but action fans will find plenty to amuse them.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 31, 2007
Good taste is the first fatality in this gonzo thrill-seeker, sure to offend mainstream dispositions, yet too stylistically audacious to dismiss outright.