(2014)

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100
RoboCop is no canned remake of the 1987 action film. It's a reimagining that responds to everything that has changed in American life over the past 27 years, addressing new threats and exploiting new anxieties.
80
Taking the original and successfully transplanting it into an ambitious new world, José Padilha's english-language debut is an exciting, pacey and thoughtful sci-fi actioner.
75
RoboCop is topically up-to-the-moment but stylistically it's retro. Far from using the story as an excuse to string together cheap thrills and blowout spectacle, its hero has all the heart of the Tin Man.
75
Jose Padilha's Robocop reboot does some of the things a good remake should do: it retains the central ideas and themes of the original while updating and rearranging the narrative to lose a derivative feel.
75
RoboCop is a solid near-future action pic that poses moral questions about artificial intelligence and remote-control combat systems without getting too preachy or ponderous about it.
75
This movie comes at you with an idea or two, as well as every available gun blazing.
70
It's a less playful enterprise than the original, but meets the era's darker demands for action reboots with machine-tooled efficiency and a hint of soul.
67
There are enough rough edges and interesting kinks across the two-hour running time that you come out forgiving it for the more generic elements, though we'll acknowledge that the flaws might stick out more on a second viewing, when you're not just pleasantly surprised that the whole thing isn't a stinking mess.
66
RoboCop has sound and fury to spare and even an inspired idea or two lurking beneath that polished exterior, but much like its upgraded namesake, this watchable mess ultimately lacks a prime directive to call its own.
63
Though this RoboCop can't come close to capturing the clever-silly audacity of the original, one area in which the current film easily surpasses it is in the quality of the cast.
60
In some ways, the thoughtful, dense script marks an improvement on the original, and the cast is certainly tonier this time around. What's missing is the original's evil wit, amoral misanthropy and subversive slipperiness.
60
The film is not only unchallenging, it seems actively scared of challenging us. You emerge feeling pacified and only semi-entertained.
60
Thanks to a good cast and a willingness to stray fairly far afield from the source material, it's better than you might think.
60
It's well made, polished, and hits every mark - but is it crazy to want a futuristic sci-fi action flick about a motorcycle-riding metal supercop to be just a little more fun?
50
The film doesn't embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something.
50
Director Jose Padilha (the “Elite Squad” movies) knows how to create slick, sometimes clever fast-moving battle sequences... But other than Keaton's Sellars, the bad guys are mostly generic nitwits.
50
Moviegoers are stuck with this sci-fi thriller's bland story, murky cinematography and frenetic special effects.
50
Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad, Bus 174) soldiers on stolidly, but lacks the Dutch Verheoeven's abiding sense of mischief.
40
There's nothing wrong, of course, with sci-fi films asking Big Questions, but the delivery doesn't have to be - should never be, in fact - this tedious.
40
Wall Street Journal
The result is fitfully interesting, and Mr. Kinnaman, best known for "The Killing" on television, compels our empathy with a kind of macho melancholia. Still, the whole thing comes down to an action adventure that's graphics-rich, logic-poor, coherence-challenged and pleasure-impaired.
38
Ultimately the film is, like the Faux News programming it caricatures at face value, a deck-stacking simulation of a dialogue it isn't even remotely interested in opening.
20
A deafening, boring action pile-up that is more Call of Duty than Robocop.
20
The remake of the 1987 cult actioner Robocop is a misguided failure - not only because its retooled half-man/half-machine hero now has emotions, but also because its “fear the machines” message winds up feeling creaky.

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