RoboCop

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  • Summary: When Officer Alex J. Murphy (Weller) is murdered in a futuristic crime-ridden Detroit, scientists and doctors decide to turn him into a "Robocop". He seeks revenge when memories of his past life return.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Robocop is as tightly worked as a film can be, not a moment or line wasted.
  2. 80
    Robocop is one weird and entertaining hybrid of camp and sci-fi shoot-'em-up.
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    80
    It was this love of mayhem combined with a biting comic attack on neo-fascist corporatism - most notably seen in the TV ads for products like the apocalyptic board game Nuke 'Em - which helped raise Robocop above the common sci-fi herd.
  4. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    [Verhoeven's] cold, slick, funny, high-powered movie is informed by a humanism this genre almost always abandons in its chase after vigilante splat. [17 Jul 1987]
  5. Great effects and a nasty undercurrent drive this vehicle.
  6. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    63
    Robocop isn't going to win Verhoeven any medals - the focus remains on action, guns and gore - but it's a flashy movie with enough wit to be more than just another dumb bucket of bolts. [17 Jul 1987]
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop is a stylish piece of work that leaves a sour aftertaste. [17 Jul 1987]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    10
    I am supremely impressed. not by the fact that it avoid the typical inept 80's action movie stereotypes, but by the entire film. It's epic,I am supremely impressed. not by the fact that it avoid the typical inept 80's action movie stereotypes, but by the entire film. It's epic, it's grand, it's just so goddamn amazing. One would expect less, but when that one person decides to see this, they will be smiten and ashamed as to their thoughts of the movie prior. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2014
    10
    This was supposed to be a film destined to Class B, but people now a days and since its premiere the Legendary looks, and I do not disagree,This was supposed to be a film destined to Class B, but people now a days and since its premiere the Legendary looks, and I do not disagree, it is.
    Hail, Paul Verhoeven!
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  3. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    The "critic" that gave this film a 5/10 is probably mentally-ill. This film is amazing. It's stylish, brutal, witty, and oh, so satisfying.The "critic" that gave this film a 5/10 is probably mentally-ill. This film is amazing. It's stylish, brutal, witty, and oh, so satisfying. The best action flick of the 80's in my opinion. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2012
    8
    In 2012, RoboCop is hilariously dated but still a great action movie from start to finish. One of the finest examples of action movieIn 2012, RoboCop is hilariously dated but still a great action movie from start to finish. One of the finest examples of action movie greatness with a story that is, surprisingly, good. A timeless classic! A must see for all action movie fans! Expand
  5. May 25, 2014
    8
    After watching the new RoboCop and seeing how bad it was i thought id give the original another try. Its been years since the last time iAfter watching the new RoboCop and seeing how bad it was i thought id give the original another try. Its been years since the last time i watched the movie but i remember that it was totally kickass. Just like i remember i loved the movie right from the beginning this like many other 80's and 90's action movies feels more raw and real rather then the action movies we have now. There is no comparing this to the new RoboCop movie as this movie is hands down miles better then its remake even Peter Weller as RoboCop/Murphy was better then Joel Kinnaman and hewas the best part of that of the remake. The action is great and a bit brutal which i thought was awesome even though some of the action scenes were stop motion/go motion but i found those parts to be funny. Though with the remastered Blu ray version that was just released last month the whole movie looks absolutely amazing if you are going to be watching this movie anytime soon id recommend watching that version you wont regret it.

    Overall i give it a 8.0 also Kurtwood Smith as the villain was just too funny but he did a great job.
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  6. Jan 5, 2016
    7
    WHAT I LIKED: Suprisingly intellegent, Robocop's focus on character and American ideals makes it stand out from other 80s films. It's a trulyWHAT I LIKED: Suprisingly intellegent, Robocop's focus on character and American ideals makes it stand out from other 80s films. It's a truly original idea that just about works thanks to a brilliant score and some well directed character moments. Throw in some great action and you've got yourself a fun film you can really get into
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The odd bit of sloppy corporate writing and acting can bore, and it's not a subtle 80s film, to put it lightly
    VERDICT: A suprisingly good and original film that actually stands the test of time for good reason.
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  7. Nov 28, 2012
    6
    It's pretty excessively and unreasonably violent, but it's also a pretty engaging revenge flick.

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