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Clive Owen stars in this gritty, over the top action thriller as Mr. Smith, a gun-toting badass with a hair trigger and an unknown past. He's far from a doctor and farther from a parent, but when he unwittingly discovers an innocent woman delivering a baby right in the middle of a gunfight, Smith enters the fray to save her and though the woman expires, he is the one left in care of the orphaned child. He thinks that the killers were after the woman, but soon he realizes that they had a far more unlikely target: the baby. Smith's regular company is a seedy underworld full of unsavory… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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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