Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    This is the kind of movie that baffles Hollywood, because it isn't made from any known formula and doesn't follow the rules.
  4. 60
    If anyone can figure out the cosmic significance of the film's omnipresent pine tree car fresheners, you're a better man than me.
  5. A non-stop, shoestring trip with more adventures and a helluva lot more smarts than you'll find in most American movies...All in all, there's more plain fun to be had here in 10 minutes than in a whole hour on the road with that jerk Indiana Jones.
  6. 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.
  7. 70
    The attraction of the movie is its friendly, light tone, its affectlessness, and its total lack of humanity. [6 Aug 1984, p.72]
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained.
  11. 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]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 11, 2013
    9
    Almost perfect. Characters which are fully realised but incomprehensible, like real people. Shops which are presciently full of 'chips',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! Full Review »
  2. 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 newHoly 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.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. Full Review »