BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: RoboCop Reviews

By Dr. Know on February 12th, 2014

Critic Reviews for RoboCop

via Rotten Tomatoes

Though this Robo reboot resonates to some degree with its depiction of military drone strikes, the film sidesteps deeper questions about the intersection of technology, law enforcement and politics.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: USA Today

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Every generation, apparently, gets the “RoboCop” it deserves, or perhaps desires.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: New York Times

New York Times
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The revamped RoboCop has a lot in common with the Ford Edsel, history’s most notorious automotive misfire.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Toronto Star

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RoboCop is no canned remake of the 1987 action film. It’s a reimagining that responds to everything that has changed in American life over the past 27 years, addressing new threats and exploiting new anxieties.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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The film doesn’t embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Boston Globe

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The new RoboCop has just about no interest in being the old RoboCop, and for that we can be thankful.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

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As a fan of the original, this reviewer really didn’t want to like this one… but he did.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly

New England Movies Weekly

Ultimately the film is, like the Faux News programming it caricatures at face value, a deck-stacking simulation of a dialogue it isn’t even remotely interested in opening.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

“RoboCop” fails to provide the tactile, boots-on-the-ground sensibility that can elevate speculative fantasy into gritty reality.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It’s unfortunate, then, that this RoboCop reboot shrugs off the pointed satire too soon, devolving into just another big action vehicle – even if it’s a well-made, entertaining one at times.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

While this new “RoboCop” isn’t terrible, what’s most disappointing is that it lacks the juice Verhoeven’s films always had in crazy abundance.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Deadspin

Deadspin

To its credit, Robocop tries very hard to be as good as the original but it lacks the satirical finesse and isn’t as smart as it wants to be.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: The Mercury

The Mercury

This “Robocop” doesn’t seem to know how to deal with the fact that what was dystopian satire in 1987 feels, in some ways, closer at hand today than ever before.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Oregonian

Oregonian

Joel Kinnaman’s performance is a major letdown, a one-dimensional effort in which his robotic side triumphs over the human one. It’s an apt metaphor for the movie as a whole.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: amNewYork

amNewYork

The fact that it’s not a complete failure will feel like a win to some fans… [but] its inability to capitalize on the promise that it shows early on is perhaps the biggest disappointment.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com

Bullz-Eye.com

There is a logic to resurrecting this franchise in the video game era and while this reboot isn’t as much inventive fun as its original, this not -bad take does serve its purpose.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: The Movie Minute

The Movie Minute

Updating the premise and themes of the original, this sleek new model, although lacking Verhoeven’s audacious black humour, has brains beneath its metal skull.

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

Movie Mezzanine

Kinnaman is the dying center of an already stillborn strategy, a film that feels like five different ideas tossed in a blender and unsuccessfully pureed

February 11, 2014Full Review Source: Film Racket

Film Racket

 

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