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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After about an hour, though, it all becomes a mind-numbing barrage."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It's just gunfights strung together, without a whisper of coherence or meaning."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Far from being a spoof on the genre, Shoot 'Em Up is an action movie with the flab removed - with no more than maybe ten minutes of exposition, you're left with a series of interconnecting money shots, each one more gooey than the last."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"...it's certainly impossible to deny the effectiveness of the three central performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Shoot 'em Up dispenses with plot, character development and coherency, but it's a blast all the same."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The most audacious, implausible, cheerfully offensive, hyperactive action picture I've seen since, oh, Sin City, which in comparison was a chamber drama."
‑ Roger Ebert, Denver Post
"Merrily amoral, shamelessly watchable and outlandishly funny, Shoot 'Em Up is not for all tastes, but those with a dark sense of humor will have a ball."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Clive Owen is ideally cast as the likeable loner (with a tragedy in his past, of course) whose self defence and killing efficiency is declared with deadpan delivery."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...essentially just one long chase sequence that becomes much too monotonous much too soon."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"...an affectionate, often very funny Simpsons parody of its whole eponymous genre. It's a live-action McBane as co-directed by Quentin Tarantino and Chuck Jones.... Shoot 'Em Up is Hot Fuzz gone to the Dark Side."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"This is seedy, morally defunct, low-IQ cinema for airheads: it's toe-curlingly violent and mostly plain nasty, but quite fun in a debauched kind of way."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"...painfully uncool one-liners, a flat performance from Clive Owen, a disgusting job by Paul Giamatti and a plot that reveals itself to be idiotic."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"a sometimes hilarious, sometimes eye-goggling reductio ad absurdum of the action flick to its barest kinetic essentials - like one of those porn compilations of money shots, only in a different genre."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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