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Paul Verhoeven's American breakthrough film, Robocop, is an exceedingly violent blend of black comedy, science fiction, and crime thriller. Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. The film was later followed by two feature-length… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Verhoeven's strong suits have always been visual energy and a Rabelaisan realism: a gutsy, jovial way of ripping through social systems."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"Like the tormented figure at its center, this movie combines the mechanical with the human. And though much of the film is made up of spare parts from cop shows, exploitation flicks and comic books, it nevertheless comes to life."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Paul Verhoeven on blockbuster explosions like Douglas Sirk on lachrymose households"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It proceeds from a vision, and it takes that vision seriously. It ends up being moving -- and for a comic book of a movie, that's no small achievement."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"Robocop may sound like another bubble-gum science fiction techno-blaster, but it`s more than that. Don`t let the title fool you."
‑ Juan Carlos Coto, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"A sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A perfect version of the thing it sets out to be, one of the most intellectual and propulsive of all '80s action films."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Paul Verhoeven's glorious sci-fi satire combines searing social comedy with some of the most graphic ultra-violence ever to grace legitimate cinema."
‑ , Film4
"It's Verhoeven's scabrous dissection of American social issues, trashy sitcom culture and corporate greed that makes this comic-book opus a subversive and thought-provoking edge-of-the-seat treat."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"When the law-enforcing RoboCop cleans up corrupt Motown, his victory is satisfying because he's got machinery and morals on his side. RoboCop is where high-tech meets High Noon."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There's a brooding, agonized quality to the violence that almost seems subversive, as if Verhoeven were both appalled and fascinated by his complicity in the toxic action rot."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"The story amounts to a celebration of brute force in a crudely etched law-and-order context."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Robocop is a strangely perverse pleasure. Who would expect such a rattletrap concoction to emerge as this summer's sleeper?"
‑ , People Magazine
"A sardonic but perfectly-realised depiction of a mayhem-fuelled near future."
‑ Clark Collis, Empire Magazine
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