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49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
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  1. 88
    The most audacious, implausible, cheerfully offensive, hyperactive action picture I've seen since, oh, "Sin City," which in comparison was a chamber drama.
  2. This is likely the fastest-moving intentionally funny action movie ever made. It's as if the 21 Bond movies and four "Die Hards" had been distilled to remove their body fat (that is, character development, buildup, rest stops, etc.) and left us with only the killing and the punch lines.
  3. Its pulpy violent excess will tip over...into slightly more excessive excess. That's its silly, scuzzball joy.
  4. Anyone looking for subtlety, character development or layered plotting will be disappointed, but action fans will find plenty to amuse them with this film that makes "Hard-Boiled" look restrained.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    80
    Extremely violent guilty pleasure of a thriller.
  6. 75
    This wet dream for action junkies leaves out logic and motivation --you know, all the boring stuff.
  7. 75
    The season's first guilty pleasure, Shoot 'Em Up is a joyously silly, R-rated, John Woo-in flected Looney Tune, with Clive Owen as a carrot-chomping, gun-toting Bugs Bunny matching wits with Elmer Fudd-ish assassin Paul Giamatti.
  8. 75
    It's funny without being toothless, adrenaline turbocharged without being mean and utterly deranged in the best sense of the word.
  9. For sheer audacity and adrenaline-fueled carnage, Shoot 'Em Up hits its target pretty much dead on.
  10. 70
    The presence of the two actors and the film's mordant sense of humor buoy the downtime between bloodbaths and genre fans may find enough to love here.
  11. 67
    It's all meant as gory good fun, but once the novelty wears off half an hour in, the rest of the film is only meant for people who absolutely agree with Giamatti's character about that violence thing.
  12. 63
    There's a little bit of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" in Shoot 'Em Up, although this production isn't as smart or as slick.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Absolutely not for feminists, lovers of period films, and anyone whose sensibilities are bruised by over-the-top stuntwork, it's a cocktail made up of three parts testosterone to one part brains.
  14. 58
    The saving grace in an exuberantly graceless movie is Clive Owen. This actor is bulletproof. Even in a sick-joke jamboree like Shoot 'Em Up, he mows down the competition and gets his laughs without losing his composure.
  15. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    50
    The whole thing feels like watching somebody else play a video game. Director Michael Davis obviously was more interested in crafting a series of gunfights than a coherent story arc.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Violent thrills and massive blood spills are the essence of the absurdly over-the-top action flick that is Shoot 'Em Up.
  17. One can certainly be amused and entertained by writer-director Michael Davis's hyperbolic action frolics--I was--but not without feeling pretty low and stupid.
  18. A furious 90-minute trailer of a movie that exceeds the speed limit for action films established by Quentin Tarantino's recent "Grindhouse."
  19. Reviewed by: Karl Rozemeyer
    50
    As a bonus, it contains, at least, the best death-by-carrot scene in the history of film.
  20. 50
    Despite all the flying bullets, which are admittedly entertaining at times, Shoot 'Em Up doesn't offer enough bang for your bucks.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    40
    Good taste is the first fatality in this gonzo thrill-seeker, sure to offend mainstream dispositions, yet too stylistically audacious to dismiss outright.
  22. 30
    For the most part, this is strictly kiss kiss, bang bang, yawn yawn.
  23. It sets a tone, all right. A lot of gamers (sorry, "filmgoers") may well enjoy writer-director Michael Davis' ultraviolent lark. It's not meant to be taken seriously. But films like this are worth taking seriously because they're genuinely cruddy and hollow and, yes, vile.
  24. Shoot 'Em Up is not only the title of Hollywood's latest descent into nonsensical mayhem but pretty much sums up the entire inane plot as well.
  25. It's just gunfights strung together, without a whisper of coherence or meaning. The fights are staged so that they all look the same, and the principle is always the same: The gunman's multiple antagonists never hit, and he never misses. John Woo at least had fun with this sort of thing 20 years ago. And Giamatti? What the heck is he doing here?
  26. 20
    The picture is just a catalog of strained camera moves and preprogrammed gags, with no wit or style.
  27. A worthless piece of garbage.
  28. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    0
    Owen, Giamatti, and Bellucci--all fine actors at the peak of hireability--must have been coming off a collective coke bender when they agreed to be in this murky, straight-to-video-looking piece of crud.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 62
  2. Negative: 17 out of 62
  1. Jun 12, 2011
    3
    Whoa, I can buy a lot of things, aliens coming to earth and blowing up the white house? You betcha. 300 guys standing against thousands allWhoa, I can buy a lot of things, aliens coming to earth and blowing up the white house? You betcha. 300 guys standing against thousands all while wearing nothing more than a loin cloth? sure! Hundreds of troops hiding in a giant wooden horse and then defeating the Trojans? okay. Eddy Murphy being able to talk to animals? why not. Sarah Jessica Parker being sexy? That's a bit of a stretch. But I can not for one second believe you can kill people with a carrot, that's just something I can not buy. I also can not but that they make baby sized bullet proof vests, in camo no less and I can't get behind shooting an umbilical cord off. And most off all you can not be shot at by hundreds of people and only get winged once in the shoulder. There was just too much suspension of disbelief for me in this film. There were some positive aspects to the movie, the acting was good, the action scenes were great and the plot was kinda fun. But the crazy deaths and outlandish scenarios were just too much to overcome. And seriously what the hell was up with the carrots, like a crazy fetish or something. He had more carrots just stashed on his body then should be aloud by law, it's just weird Full Review »
  2. SharonB.
    Sep 10, 2007
    8
    I took my son to see this on his 18th birthday. What a cheesy delight! Suspend your disbelief at the door. Great stunts, wry humor. Goofy I took my son to see this on his 18th birthday. What a cheesy delight! Suspend your disbelief at the door. Great stunts, wry humor. Goofy fun. Paul Giamatti is a terrific villain. Full Review »
  3. Mar 20, 2011
    7
    This is pure over the top action and dark comedy blended into a concoction of comic book/video game-like fun. I popped the blu-ray in reallyThis is pure over the top action and dark comedy blended into a concoction of comic book/video game-like fun. I popped the blu-ray in really expecting it to be mediocre and stupid, but I was pleasantly surprised. It also happens that Clive Owen and Paul Giamati are a couple of my favorite actors. Full Review »