Repo Man
Repo Man (1984)

A down and out young punk gets a job working with a seasoned repo man, but what awaits him in his new career is a series of outlandish adventures revolving around aliens, the CIA, and a most wanted '64 Chevy.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 2, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Repo Man is many things: an alien-invasion film, a punk-rock musical, a send-up of consumerism. One thing it isn't is boring.


Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Repo Man comes out of left field, has no big stars, didn't cost much, takes chances, dares to be unconventional, is funny, and works. There is a lesson here.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a one of a kind anomaly with Emilio Estevez at his best.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's very entertaining, and though it's rude in an R-rated way, it has the good taste never to promise more than it can deliver.

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Rob Vaux

It's kind of a road movie and kind of a science fiction movie and kind of a look at those unsung heroes who repossess cars amid the haze of serious drug use.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There are endless things to enjoy, from Robby Müller's crisp camerawork to a superb set of performances, from witty movie parodies to a tremendous punk soundtrack.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

a western [but] also a punk road movie, a conspiratorial cold-war chase caper, a paranoid apocalypse sci-fi, a postmodern mixed "plate of shrimp", a hilarious Eighties satire and a wry lowlife rejoinder to Reagan's upwardly mobile American dream.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It was 1984 and Americans were on course to re-elect a s****y, sadistic, semi-sentient president. In a f****** landslide.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A shiftless punk kid takes a job as a car repossesor and finds himself among the many ruthless parties searching for a 1964 Chevy Malibu with a mysterious cargo… More
Jacob Ethington
This film can only be described as inexplicably awesome. Really, I can't think of any other way to describe it. I mean, here's the description this… More
Chris Weber
This is definitely a product of its time. Alex Cox's debut film is a wild and inventive, albeit messy mix of sci-fi, dark humor, G-Men, and punk rock, and… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Harry Dean Stanton is wonderfully reprehensible, and I can see its appeal as a cult film, but Repo Man, for me, isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Phil Hubbs
Talk about cult films, this is probably the king of cults, the perfect example of a trashy low grade 80's punk film that incompasses everything from a… More
paul oh
Its something different. Its original, a mix, and a great away for emilio to go crazy on camera. Its engaging and a cult classic!