A hobo hops off a freight train in a nameless North American Gomorrah run by a sadistic crime king. Then said hobo cleans up the place by shooting buckets full of guts.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Will leave most viewers bored and uneasy, especially in scenes like the burning alive of a busful of young children.
Mike Hale - New York Times
"Hobo" breathes new life into the demented realm of grindhouse cinema - a world that had grown pretty stale to this point.
Sean O'Connell - Washington Post
A merrily blood-soaked homage to the vigilante action movies of the 1970s and early 1980s, "Hobo'' is a good idea in theory that's brought down by the banality of its practice.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The setup could also be read as an allegory of/justification for Dubya's invasion of Iraq (think about it), but that presumes more of an engagement with the non-cinematic world than Hobo ever really displays.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
Does this cinematic jeu d'esprit ever gobsmack your eyes and nerve endings.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
Even connoisseurs of the genre (and I confess, I'm not one) will find the cheesy chopfests and gratuitous gore less than exciting as one urban prosthetics-strewn bloodbath begets the next.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie just blows chunks.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Quite the most appalling piece of junk I have seen lately, Hobo With a Shotgun just lies there like an autopsy.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Picked up by Magnet, "Shotgun" should satisfy midnight movie gore-hounds.
Andrew Barker - Variety
Japan's Takashi Miike has the formula down pat, but Eisener has no idea how to give violence a touch of class.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Hobo with a Shotgun takes on genre filmmaking with a vengeance and a toque.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
What really puts this over-the-top extravaganza over the top is Hauer's ferocious and oddly sincere performance.
William Goss - Film.com
If, on the other hand, you appreciate a droll and savvy satire of the melodramatic excesses of seventies vigilante thrillers from a filmmaker who clearly knows his stuff, then get in the ticket line.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Double-barreled mayhem as if Sergio Leone designed a video-game.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
What's not to like?
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's nice to find a wacky movie that knows how to employ "shock value" violence with some degree of timing and cleverness.
You get what you pay for with a movie like this. The question is whether it was worth paying for at all.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This is the type of movie you want to punch in the face.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Hobo With A Shotgun is a film in the tradition of 70s exploitation films. But unlike most grindhouse films, this one is actually awesome.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
An artless film of amateurishly scripted and staged over-the-top violence
Such a desperate attempt at being one of Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino's '70s exploitation throwbacks that it's a little bit sad.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A cult picture that's completely comfortable in its own skin.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Great title, but this silly vigilante action movie is so exaggerated, so over-the-top that it is over the hill. It has gone to seed and needs to be weeded.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This one is a sicko exercise in meaningless entertainment, geared for those who get off on moronic bloodbath pics.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Hobo with a Shotgun celebrates its genre roots but in no way expounds on them; it's all pastiche with no substance.
Michael Nordine - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Gloriously over-the-top blood pudding about a homeless man (Hauer) who goes Dirty Harry on a dead-end town run by sadistic crims.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
It's a grindhouse mess but it stars Rutger Hauer!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
This film isn't for the weak of stomach or the tenderhearted. But if you think you can enjoy its silly, explosive and splatter nature, it's a nice dose of fun.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Rutger Hauer is the show, the whole show, and nothing but the show in Hobo with a Shotgun, a throwback that, for all its bloodletting and supposed shock value, feels comparatively conventional and tame.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Fun to a point, but by about the hour mark I was more than ready to check out.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
The relentless and pointless sadism of the film left me cold and bored, which not even the presence of Rutger Hauer could cure.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
A film that can't resist picking its own scabs.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Hobo With a Shotgun reminded me of Hatchet, another inexplicable genre favorite that, from where I sat, seemed to do little but rearrange genre tropes to get a Pavlovian rise from its niche audience.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Rutger Hauer at least seems to be in on the joke, even if the joke wears pretty thin.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Belongs at the bottom of a disused coal mine in one of those desperately impoverished West Virginia townships that advertise for people to send them their nuclear waste.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
It stomps over any notions of good taste and credibility after roughly five minutes.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Fans of the genre will relish the ironies (or, as it's known in the trade, the chance to have your cake and eat it).
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
This is a gloriously OTT, gore-filled riot.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Like most of its kind, it's just so bad it's bad.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
There's no escaping the fact this is a remake of unadulterated rubbish.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
I've got to admit there are flashes of demented brilliance in this hardcore crassploitation splatter pic.
Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun is trash with a difference: designer trash.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Provides its target audience with exactly what they want while still managing to be aware of just how silly it all is.
Laurence Boyce - Little White Lies
The cartoon viciousness and wild overacting only add to the winningly exuberant excess of what is a startling feature debut for the director.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
An entertaining, absurdly violent exploitation thriller that's pretty much non-stop action and doesn't skimp on the gore factor.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
When this amount of ham arrives coated in so much ketchup, there's not much room left to find any pleasure at all.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Created by a fan for fans everywhere, Eisener's film is simultaneously original and a perfect throwback to the blood-splattered movies of the 70s.
Becky Bartlett - The Skinny
This is no light-hearted spoof. It's 100% grindhouse. Which, for the most part and by definition, simply makes it trash.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Sick but fun.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
The screenplay plays like the result of a 'Write the Most Vile Line Ever' contest, which in itself will be a huge draw for cinematic dumpster divers. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Hauer's best since The Hitcher. If Eisener calms down, he may have a career outside live-action 'toons.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Rutger Hauer is a genius.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Twice as good as a fi lm based on a spoof trailer has any right to be, Hobo is a great career kickstarter for director Eisener and the credibility boost Hauer richly deserves.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
... a blood-spattered love letter to the grindhouse vengeance movie by first-time filmmakers who, as Spinal Tap might put it, crank everything up to 11.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
Limbs are severed, heads roll, a school bus is incinerated, and a dude gets burnt by sticking his hockey skate into a plugged in toaster. Some is clever, but much of it's wearying and a bit lame...
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Surely it's a fairly hollow victory to laugh at something that's been specifically designed to be lame/schlocky/dated/offensive?
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Gore hounds will appreciate Hobo with a Shotgun, but it is so wan that even squeamish viewers will shrug it off with a yawn.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's a bore, but it delivers on the carnage.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Hobo with a Shotgun is what downhome we'd call a 'hoot.' Maybe two hoots. The title alone says it all.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
serious and mocking at the same time
D.K. Holm - Vancouver Voice
It's good to see Hauer get that Roy Batty look on his face again.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Hobo with a Shotgun certainly delivers on its promises of excess.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
It's all in good fun and sometimes a little clever; "Hobo" shoots low and scores an explosive spray of guts, if not glory.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
For those who can stomach ever-escalating scenes of brutality, generous amounts of B-movie gore and a story with dialogue that is sometimes dumbfounding, "Hobo" is a hero.
Stanley A. Miller II - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's thanks to Hauer that the film transcends its origins; his performance combines Clint Eastwood in High PlainsDrifter with Lloyd Bridges in Airplane!
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
The film is a wild, over-the-top, jaw-dropping homage to 70s exploitation cinema. The colors pop like neon signs and the blood flows by the bucket loads.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
"Hobo With a Shotgun" is about a hobo with a shotgun. If you are looking for more than splatter, look elsewhere.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
I'd take the last 10 minutes over the latest Hollywood CGI megabore any day.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
There's plenty of blood and screaming and mayhem, and it's not particularly well-staged, shot or cut -- though I suppose actually caring about film craft denotes one as a spoilsport in this context.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
[L]ike its '70s/'80s forebears, it combines outrageous quantities of fake blood and viscera with an antihero on a righteous mission.
Andy Klein - Brand X
Never mind 'Machete,' Hobo with a Shotgun is the real heir to the Grindhouse glory daze.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's just not as much brain-fun as the other neo-grinds but it's still really great at aiming that firehose of fake blood straight for your face.
Dave White - Movies.com
What should have been a rousing shoot-em-up gets tedious rather quickly.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A gory, live-action cartoon.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
There's nothing here that you haven't seen before in Lloyd Kaufman's Troma pictures and the grindhouse films of the '70s, save for perhaps better production values and an impressively grizzled Rutger Hauer.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
This is, yes, a movie about a hobo with a shotgun, but it's also an inspired parody of the post-apocalyptic whack-a-mole revenge flick.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
What should have been a rousing shoot-em-up gets tedious rather quickly, with the overacting villains and their over-the-top mayhem feeling very same-y after the first few scenes.
Alonso Duralde - Movies.com
Unsurprisingly Hobo with a Shotgun is shot in the style of '60s and '70s exploitation films -- and what a style it is.
Sean Gandert - Paste Magazine
It's so far over-the-top that it makes Machete look believable, but that's why it's effective. Unlike so many movies you will see this season, Hobo With a Shotgun delivers.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisener's homage to grindhouse movies past is a pitch-perfect recreation of the brutal, low-budget crime films of the '70s, which is simultaneously the best and the worst thing about it.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Sheer, mindless fun with oodles of over-the-top, stylized blood-'n-guts. Destined to become a cult classic that will have audiences laughing at it as well as with it.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Hobo With a Shotgun pushes every button it can find, then pounds them into the panel, then smashes the panel with a wrecking ball.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Ultimately, it's still less misanthropically hypnotic than, say, Roberta Findlay's 1985 flashback, Tenement.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Once you've taken in the title, you've pretty much gotten the joke.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The closest thing the film gets to a message? "When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat covered in razor blades." Sounds like a quote for a Successories poster in hell.
Scott Tobias - NPR
batshit B-movie satire
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
It's a hyper-violent, self-conscious throwback, with the sickly plastic aroma of a tape that's been gathering dust in the corner of a video store since 1984.
Noel Murray - AV Club
It may sound silly, but watch Hauer go from shuffling, hesitant outsider on the fringe to vigilante hero raining down justice in the streets with his 12-gauge and you see one of the year's best, most heartbreaking and unhinged performances thus far.
Jen Yamato - Movieline
The brilliance begins and ends with its title..feels less like a movie than a joke about a movie, to which you need to buy a ticket to see the punchline. It's not worth it.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The sight of Hauer going postal with a double-barreled blaster is about on par with Liam Neeson mowing down Albanian sex traffickers in Taken-in other words...kerfawesome!
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
There's something appealing about the movie's unpretentious carnival of carnage, although I could have done without the flamethrower assault on a school bus to raise the stakes.
The film treats its dystopian vigilante saga with just enough of a straight face to get at the underlying insanity of its righteous-avenger protagonist.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A grindhouse-style slasher pic lacking style and wit.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
With Hauer in the role, Hobo's manic gore-streaked hyperbole begins to make sense.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
While forced and flawed, it still offers a bloody good time - just not the passion pit point the filmmakers think they are making.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
A non-stop, over-the-top, intentionally ridiculous smorgasbord of violence and bloodshed that ceases being disturbing and just becomes pure, 100% fun.
Creates a tremendously unsettling aura of sadism instead of chunky, schlocky merriment. Why should I be punished just because Davies and Eisener weren't hugged enough as kids?
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Completely left me trying to find my second wind...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Astonishingly inept and thoroughly unwatchable...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
For cinephiles with sick senses of humour and fond memories of digging through bins of VHS tapes in grungy video stores in the 1980s, Hobo is, in simplest terms, heavenly.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Eisener displays considerable finesse as an action director. His movie's occasional moments of wit also take some of the edge off the otherwise assaultive nature of this exercise in scumbag cinema.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
The movie's all garish colour and spurting squibs, with the occasional burst of T&A titillation. As Mel Brooks once said, it rises below vulgarity.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
[The filmmakers] infuse originality into the one-against-all tale by thinking outside the horror toolbox.
David D'Arcy - Screen International
Takes exactly the right tone, straddling the line between imitation and parody.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
There is a gleeful stream-of-consciousness at play here, similar to what you might find in the early masterpieces from John Waters.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
A fan-friendly movie that delivers on its genre promises.
Steve Ramos - Boxoffice Magazine
At times I found myself doubled over in hysteria at the complete insanity of the carnage I was watching on-screen. HOBO was a blast!
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If you're willing to jump into his gleefully hedonistic world, there's a lot of fun to be had.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
In the tradition of Street Trash and the original Toxic Avenger, Hobo With A Shotgun is a gleefully over the top splatterfest with little redeeming social value.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Exactly the kind of movie I want out of cinema... The dialogue is like Aaron Sorkin wrote an action movie... Here it is, the first great movie out of Sundance: Hobo with a Shotgun.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies