RoboCop (1987)

In near-future Detroit, a murdered police officer is resurrected as an experimental crime-fighting cyborg named Robocop. Tormented by memories of his past, he soon deviates from his law enforcement program to seek revenge on his killers.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 17, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Verhoeven's strong suits have always been visual energy and a Rabelaisan realism: a gutsy, jovial way of ripping through social systems.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

While there's enough blood and guts to satisfy the most avid cop-film fan, this version is played for as many laughs as gasps. Robocop has the same slapstick look at violence that made Mad Max so quirky and appealing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force.

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James Berardinelli

A sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices.

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Rubin Safaya

A scathing social commentary loaded with layers of metaphor not immediately recognizable to my twelve-year old self, I've been digesting thirty years hence.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fred Topel
We Live Entertainment

Robocop will always be a vital story. Whether a corporation brings us back from the dead with cybernetic technology or just sells our social media activity to their clients, they cannot own who we are.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A smart political satire disguised as a comic book revenge movie that combines hilarious dark humor, ultraviolence and science fiction without tonal problems,… More
Edward Boxler
A great science-fiction picture, meticulously blending action and satire into director Paul Verhoeven's gory and often hilariously disturbing vision of a… More
Nicki Marie
Never saw this in the 80's when it was first out. Just watched it 2015, and let's just say I am underwhelmed.
KJ Proulx
Down to it's bare bones, "Robocop" (1987) is a classic in every sense of the word. Although the film has been known for it's cheesiness and… More
Lucas Martins
The most awesome 80's movie! Full of 80's style, gore, interresting themes, smart scenes and lines and of course it's black humour satire.
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