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Repo! The Genetic Opera Review Critics


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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The biggest mystery about Repo! The Genetic Opera is why the grisly Goth-horror musical is opening the week after Halloween. The second-biggest mystery is why this unfunny, unscary, preposterous bloodbath about organ transplants is opening at all.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    If steampunk bloodbaths aren't for you, it's a long wait for the fat lady to sing.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    Feels destined to please a campy coterie of fans and no one else.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    This would-be cult film is unlikely to inspire "Rocky Horror"-style devotion.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Gory, goofy musical is bloody and bombastic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this offbeat horror movie/musical -- which is set in a near-future where people can buy plastic surgery and genetically engineered replacement organs on credit -- is extraordinarily violent (in some cases, the organs are repossessed). Livers, hearts, viscera, and entire spinal columns are pulled from unwilling victims, in many cases while they're still living. Paris Hilton appears in the film, which may attract teens' attention; but unless your teens have a strong stomach, they may not wish to see Ms. Hilton in special-effects makeup that makes her look like her skinned face is visible, with flayed musculature and blood showing over the bones of her skull. There's also plenty of strong language, some drinking, and brief topless female nudity.

  • Families can talk about who this film is meant to appeal to. Horror movie fans? Musical fans? Do many people like both genres? How does a movie become a "cult classic"? Families can also discuss the film's messages. Is it meant to be taken seriously? Do you think healthcare corporations put profit before patients? What happens when people can't pay for life-saving medical treatments? Is there a danger of too much financial and political power being in the hands of one corporation?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Extensive discussion of medical challenges, surgery, surgical addiction, and living beyond one's means. Characters repossess organs when people can't pay for them -- a process that's generally fatal.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant, extensive, and bloody violence. Throats are slit, there's bare-handed neck breaking, and characters are stabbed, shot, and eviscerated, with bloody organs pulled from their bodies. A character plucks their own eyes from their sockets before falling from a height onto a sharp metal fence. There's surgical imagery, stabbing with hypodermic needles as characters are drugged against their will, and extensive scars. A plastic surgery patient's skin slips from their face and reveals bloody, flayed musculature. Another character has extensive facial scars and wears a mask made of human skin attached with a series of hooks. A vast field of corpses is seen. Corpses are disinterred and stabbed with hypodermic needles to extract residual drugs from their bodies. A character shoves his hand into an eviscerated body and manipulates the corpse so it becomes a macabre ventriloquism act for a musical duet. Martial-arts style fighting, fist fighting, tussling, and head-butting. The death of millions due to a virus is established as a plot point in the prologue.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Brief topless female nudity; suggestive dancing and kissing. Naked cartoon breasts glimpsed in a comic book-style framing sequence. Cleavage is displayed.

  • language false4

    Language: Some strong language, including multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "balls," "bitch," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: No visible logos; plot elements question handing too much power to any one corporation.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink hard liquor and wine. A plot point revolves around the street-level abuse of an experimental medical anesthetic, some of which is extracted from corpses. Drug-addicted characters are injected with high-tech hypodermic guns to ease the agony of their cravings.