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Robocop Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 40

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The result is fitfully interesting, and Mr. Kinnaman, best known for "The Killing" on television, compels our empathy with a kind of macho melancholia. Still, the whole thing comes down to an action adventure that's graphics-rich, logic-poor, coherence-challenged and pleasure-impaired.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Moviegoers are stuck with this sci-fi thriller's bland story, murky cinematography and frenetic special effects.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Director Jose Padilha (the “Elite Squad” movies) knows how to create slick, sometimes clever fast-moving battle sequences... But other than Keaton’s Sellars, the bad guys are mostly generic nitwits.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    In some ways, the thoughtful, dense script marks an improvement on the original, and the cast is certainly tonier this time around. What’s missing is the original’s evil wit, amoral misanthropy and subversive slipperiness.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Guy Lodge

    It’s a less playful enterprise than the original, but meets the era’s darker demands for action reboots with machine-tooled efficiency and a hint of soul.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Jose Padilha's Robocop reboot does some of the things a good remake should do: it retains the central ideas and themes of the original while updating and rearranging the narrative to lose a derivative feel.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    This movie comes at you with an idea or two, as well as every available gun blazing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Lots of gun violence in super-cop sci-fi remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Robocop is a remake of the 1987 action classic that's less bloody than the original, but still fairly violent, with intense, frequent gun battles, thousands of bullets flying, and dead bodies (with very little blood shown). We briefly see gory photos of the main character after an accident, and his organs are shown inside the RoboCop armor. There's one moment of sexuality as the main character, still a human, kisses his wife and falls onto a bed with her (she is shown wearing a bra). Language is infrequent, but includes a few uses of "s--t," as well as "bitch" and "a--hole." (One use of "motherf----r" is bleeped out.) In one scene, RoboCop arrests some drug dealers/users and then busts a drug lab. Overall, it's not nearly as good as the original film, but it's a solid effort.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? What can make violence in a film feel more intense? Is it blood, realism, close-ups?
  • How does the remake compare with the original? What are the main themes of the two movies?
  • How human is the RoboCop character? How does his humanity compare to that of the movie's villains? Where does the movie draw the line at being human?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has two big themes. One is a question of humanity: how human is human, and where is the line drawn? The sub-theme is one of politics: how much freedom should one give up for the promise of safety? The movie also has something to say about greed: the employees at the company building the robots seem to be more interested in profits than in making safe machines.

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    Role models: It's hard to argue for RoboCop as a role model, since he's both so tormented and so emotionless, and also because he's sometimes prone to unprovoked violence. But on a very surface reading, he's a pretty cool superhero, and one that tries to uphold the law.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie is filled with guns, shooting, and dead bodies, but it just barely achieves a PG-13 rating by showing hardly any blood. There are a few cuts and scrapes shown, and when one character is shot, we see a spray of blood (and a pool of blood from under his corpse). Thousands of bullets fly in this movie. Suicide bombers are part of the story. A robot shoots a teen boy holding a knife (he's determined to be a "threat"). The hero is caught in an explosion, which ravages his body. We see brief images of his wounds as well as his organs inside the RoboCop armor and some creepy "operation" footage. RoboCop sometimes beats people up with his hands, rather than with his guns.

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    Sex: Before the accident, when the main character is human, he is shown passionately kissing his wife. He removes her top, and she is shown wearing a black bra. They fall onto the bed, kissing, but they are interrupted.

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    Language: Language is infrequent, but includes a few uses of "s--t." Other words include "a--hole," "holy Christ," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," "crap," and "bitch." A TV commentator uses the words "motherf----r" and "horses--t," but these words are bleeped.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: RoboCop catches some young men doing a drug deal. When he scans one of them, the readout comes up as "totally stoned." This arrest leads RoboCop to a drug lab, and we see quick images of various workers making illegal drugs before the hero arrives and shuts it down. Additionally, in an early scene, the hero (as a human) is seen having a beer at home after work.

Fan Reviews provided by

4

Robo Done better by g8torlenny
Of course the technology is much better this many years later, and the first movie was cool. This one takes advantage of better effects, and technology and kicks out a great movie retaining the original story.

3

Slept Right Through It by frozenleafmedia
The previews were more exciting than this Robocop Remake. Don't waste your time or money going to see this future Razzie winner in the theater, just wait for it to come out on DVD! Zzzzzzzzzzz

3

Robocop 2014 by Edbeadle
I went to the movie to be entertained. It had action. Like other reboots they changed the characters and their histories. It is true to the original to a degree. I would watch it again when it comes to cable.

3

Tired by Mojoe7
Cool effects don't make up for a really tired and drawn out script. I caught myself halfway through the movie wondering how much longer it was going to last. Acting was pretty good, but at the end of the movie it left you wondering why it ended the away it did. Ok but not that great.

4

Hoping to see a sequel soon :) by rishi_loves_movies
Movie is pretty solid. I loved the original Robocop series and this one doesn't disappoint too. This one has quite a bit of human emotional elements to it and Samuel Jackson's dialogues were very good. :)

4

Much better than I expected by Kandou
This was the only movie that my 3 children could agree on. I was going to take a 2 hour nap while they watched but I ended up staying awake and enjoying the movie much more than I expected. There were a few parallels to the original but the story was tailored to be relevant today. I recommend Robocop if you're looking for a good action flick to watch.

4

Loved it by Catawhorl
This was just plain good entertainment for me. I purposefully did not watch the old one before I went to this one. I wanted to give it a fair shake. IT entertained me, lots of wonderful tech, a little sparse on the actual Robocop action but altogether not a bad showing for 2014.

4

Robocop by kingkongntx
The movie was pretty good, it took too long to get to the good stuff, but once it got going it was nonstop. The storyline was a bit sketchy, some of the dialogue was a bit fake trying to keep with the 80s version . Not a bad reboot for Robo, I wouldn't pay to see it again but it was worth $9.00 for XD Theater !

4

Good movie. by w11062
Good movie. Good special effects. Good performances of Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earl Haley, Jennifer Ehle, And Abbie Cornish. Story goes out of control at the end.

5

RoboCop 2014 by 2rooster
I took my husband to RoboCop for his Birthday not to inthused as it's not one of my favorites. But as the movie moved along I found my self immersed in the action and the actors. A must see for anyone who has or has not seen the older version. Action packed for sure.

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