Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 4, 2011
    Loaded to the gills with thrill-inducing mayhem, Hobo with a Shotgun feels almost tribal in its commitment to violence.
  2. Reviewed by: Jen Yamato
    May 5, 2011
    Hit the B-movie sweet spot just right, as Jason Eisener mostly does in his gleefully gory Hobo with a Shotgun, and you could find yourself living the dream.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    May 2, 2011
    One must grudgingly admire director Jason Eisener's willingness to go over the top and beyond, and the film certainly delivers what it promises.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 5, 2011
    Moralists, beware. Hobo looks like a garish cartoon puked up by a filmmaker overstuffed with cheap thrills and celluloid scuzz. What's not to like?
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 5, 2011
    It's a hyper-violent, self-conscious throwback, with the sickly plastic aroma of a tape that's been gathering dust in the corner of a video store since 1984.
  6. 75
    In its mocking but acutely observed style, Hobo is a well-designed cinematic mess: There are whiplash jump cuts, patches where the sound almost disappears, and the whole thing is projected in a queasy, faded Technicolor.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 6, 2011
    There's something pure about the crude pleasures of Hobo with a Shotgun, a pre-fab cult film that aspires to nothing more (or less) than the red-meat feeding of a feral midnight-movie audience.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 5, 2011
    Only for those with a truly bottomless appetite for gore and fan-boy humor.
  9. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    May 2, 2011
    A generic blast, Hobo with a Shotgun unspools like a spaghetti western but amped with enough testosterone to fill a video-game warehouse.
  10. 70
    There's something appealing about the movie's unpretentious carnival of carnage, although I could have done without the flamethrower assault on a school bus to raise the stakes.
  11. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May 4, 2011
    There's a pomo twist to the whole overeager enterprise, in all its theoretical, film-school charm: Similar to 2010's "Machete," the movie was born from a fake 
 trailer commissioned by Grindhouse directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 3, 2011
    Two monologues-one in which the Hobo compares himself to a bear, the other a Travis Bickle–like screed delivered to a roomful of increasingly distressed babies-are damn near Shakespearean. It's a shame the performance is contained in a Z-movie patchwork that's a bit too knowingly repugnant.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    May 2, 2011
    Hobo is trash cinema through and through and gives fans everything they want from a drive-in throwback. That's something that doesn't happen often.
  14. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 2, 2011
    A continuous parade of slaughter.
  15. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 19, 2011
    There's plenty of blood and screaming and mayhem, and it's not particularly well-staged, shot or cut -- though I suppose actually caring about film craft denotes one as a spoilsport in this context.
  16. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    May 3, 2011
    Pick a reason to balk at this spot-on, garishly threadbare paean to '80s no-budget sleaze.
  17. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    May 5, 2011
    It's an ode, of sorts, to Seventies grindhouse cinema, curdled and gooey and tailor-made for midnight showings (preferably with a crowd, preferably intoxicated).
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 28, 2011
    Hopefully the last, of the fake trailer spinoffs of 2007's "Grindhouse." It makes last year's "Machete" look like "The King's Speech."
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 11, 2011
    Hobo hits the screen as a grim, visually ugly, intermittently funny-occasionally preachy piece with only the estimable Mr. Hauer to recommend it.
  20. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 6, 2011
    Japan's Takashi Miike has the formula down pat, but Eisener has no idea how to give violence a touch of class.
  21. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    May 27, 2011
    Is it good bad? Nah. It's just bad. It's so bad it makes "Machete," the other movie based on a mock trailer from "Grindhouse," look like high-gloss Kubrickian satire.
  22. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 3, 2011
    Quite the most appalling piece of junk I have seen lately, Hobo With a Shotgun just lies there like an autopsy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. AG1
    May 7, 2011
    This movie is sick, it is gross and I loved it. If you expected something different, I understand you might not like this movie at all. But if you like grindhouse movies, you can not miss this one. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2011
    Hobo with a shotgun is a very entertaining movie, it does right by not trying to be normal and instead treats us to an over the top gore romp featuring sadistic punks, Metal Gimps and paedophile Santas. The film is Brilliant in every way with the over acting and the corny one liners.
    With a John Carpenter esq soundtrack what's not to love about a Hobo with a Shotgun delivering justice one shell at a time.
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  3. Jan 26, 2012
    Hobo with a sho gun. Fantastic, destined to be a cult classic!. More pulpy than Pulp Fiction, more vengeful then Gran Torino. More ultra-violent than Clockwork Orange! The perfect blend that just manages not to take itself too seriously. And the opening soundtrack is breathtaking! Full Review »