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  • Summary: Otto (Estevez) loses his job as a stock boy in a supermarket in Los Angeles and spends his evenings in the punk underground before encountering Bud (Stanton) who brings him into the life of professional car repossessing. Meanwhile, a nuclear physicist (Harris) has stolen something dangerous and glowing which he stashes into the trunk of his 1964 Chevy Malibu. A mid-eighties cult classic. Expand
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  1. The real thing. It's a sneakily rude, truly zany farce that treats its lunatic characters with a solemnity that perfectly matches the way in which they see themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained.
  3. Reviewed by: Eli Kooris
    89
    Cox, who wrote and directed the film, creates a strange but hilarious view of our culture, a brilliant satire on modern society...deserves the same respect and attention given to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "This Is Spinal Tap," two films that define the cult category.
  4. 70
    It's a quirky film -- extremely profane and violent -- a respite from reverential sigh-fi. It's like visiting the bus depot late at night, and finding you kind of like it. [14 Sept 1984]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    One of the most original films of recent memory, with an edge of black humor and punk sensibility--wickedly funny, ceaselessly inventive, and never boring.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    No wonder adolescents have taken Repo Man for their own. Lifting its hood is like peering into a teen-ager's mind: miswired and noisy, Repo Man is capable of fast starts and amazing cornering. [4 Feb 1985]
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    60
    Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s.

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  1. Sep 5, 2010
    9
    Intense. But then the life of a repo man is always intense. Some fine acting, a ludicrous plot and some of the finest one-liners around. Fantastic and insane in equal measures. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2013
    9
    Almost perfect. Characters which are fully realised but incomprehensible, like real people. Shops which are presciently full of 'chips', 'beer' and so on. Aliens, punks and big 'ole cars. And most of all, Harry Dean Stanton. Watch it! Expand
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    9
    Holy Crap, this is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. But I love alien invasions, I love Esteves, and, I being a punk rocker in new orleans, love punk rock music. Expand

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