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RoboCop Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop is a stylish piece of work that leaves a sour aftertaste. [17 Jul 1987]

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though Robocop is too well-crafted to be entirely loathsome, it's at best an amoral goof. Yet like the comparably silly Lethal Weapon, it cynically pushes all the right action-audience buttons. Better duck - here comes a monster hit. [17 Jul 1987]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Robocop is a thriller with a difference.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    Robocop is as tightly worked as a film can be, not a moment or line wasted.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Cyborg actioner is more graphic than Terminator.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is more of a bloodbath than you probably remember. Numerous characters are killed onscreen, many weapons are used, and there are some truly gruesome scenes, like when a policeman's hand and arm are shot off. Some characters snort cocaine, one off a woman's breasts; others commit crimes such as rape (attempted, taunting a woman with a knife before help arrives) and armed robbery. A corporation that controls the local police force is portrayed as corrupt.

  • Families can talk about whether it is ethical for OCP to turn Murphy into a cyborg when he never volunteered for the experiment. Does the corporation care more about money and fame or protecting the city's residents? What does this movie have in common with the Terminator series and with some M-rated video games?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some characters exhibit conniving, selfish, and greedy behavior. Others are sociopathic criminals who make sport of murder, rape, and other violent crimes. Some members of a corporation are shown to be corrupt and callous. One character capitalizes on the tragedy and misfortunes of others. Senior executives are corrupt. Several characters -- including Murphy and Lewis -- do the right thing, however, and remain noble. Also, several villainous characters do not triumph in the end.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Graphic violence throughout. Characters use weapons -- from handguns and sword-like objects to machine guns, grenades, and military-style assault cannons -- to kill and injure people or destroy property. Two men attempt to rape a woman in a parking lot, taunting and terrorizing her with a knife. Some scenes are exceedingly gruesome, as when a gang shoots off a policeman's hand and arm, or when a man is horribly burned and disfigured in a toxic-waste accident; a car then runs him over and decapitates him in the process. In a hostage situation, one hostage is shown lying dead and bloody on the floor. Various fistfights are shown, where people punch and kick each other violently. Emergency-room workers intubate and defibrillate a patient.

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    Sex: A man and two women snort cocaine and make out; he snorts the drug from one woman's cleavage. A locker-room scene shows some male rear nudity and female breasts.

  • language false5

    Language: A lot of profanity throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "asshole," and "c--ksucker." Also, phrases such as "I'm going to blow his brains out."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A woman drinks from a Coca-Cola cup and appears to be eating from McDonald's containers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and use cocaine.