[Repo Men] just turns into a grisly one-note chase thriller...
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
As a recession-era satire, Repo Men strikes a very bitter chord.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Why good actors like Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber have taken major roles in this wrongheaded effort is perhaps the most compelling question posed by this film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
One can forgive the movie's defects, and its indecision about being tragedy or comedy.
John Anderson - Washington Post
This is the sort of science fiction that opts for scissors to the groin or a bullet to the head rather than a complete thought.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Another wholesale dystopian future, just like the last one.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Repo Men is basically a soulless slasher flick, and one that demeans its gifted performers.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Still, despite its flaws, this ambitious parable is enjoyable, and sometimes viscerally moving.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
I don't know if the makers of this film intended it as a comedy. A preview audience regarded it with polite silence, and left the theater in an orderly fashion.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This was too long, mean, and gory for me, though the satirical gloss and well-executed trick ending will probably impress some.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
I watched a third of the movie through the cracks of my fingers, wincing.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
With its radiantly ugly visuals, mean-spirited worldview and gut-wrenching levels of gore, Repo Men is about as entertaining as a burst appendix.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Repo Men, rough though it is, is disturbing enough, funny enough and shocking enough to work on some weird level.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's an intriguing premise, one director Miguel Sapochnik treats with all the subtlety of a head smashed in with a typewriter. Hey wait -- that happens!
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This ultra-gory speculative noir is, at its infrequent best, certifiably nuts; the rest of the time, it's one numbingly brutal slog.
Justin Chang - Variety
Repo Men is a rare film where Toronto plays itself. It's also the first I've ever seen where a typewriter is used as a lethal weapon.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This is not a bad cast, but whatever wit the script aims for is lost in the queasy details director Miguel Sapochnik found more fascinating.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
At least a robotic handclap is due to director Sapochnik for working within his limitations (including obvious budgetary ones) and giving this Frankenstein beast as much forward momentum as it possesses.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Alternately smirking and dully disgusting.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's tough to recommend Repo Men outright, but you could do worse when trolling multiplex halls.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Let the 2010 Razzies race begin!
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
There's a key organ missing from the movie itself: a brain. In its place is a memory bank of other, better movies.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It easily takes home the Josef Mengele award as the vilest movie in recent memory.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
Although it's an interesting premise, its lack of originality gives away where much of the film is going to go, that is, right up until you get to the unexpectedly bad ending.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
I've seen a lot of this dystopian future in science fiction... so much so that it's become cliche.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Sapochnik, Law, Whitaker, and Schreiber have so much fun with all the extremes, wallowing in their shameless excess with the right dollop of macabre, self-aware humor.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Enthusiastic stealing from other movies is great if I can feel the enthusiasm. I couldn't.
Dave White - Movies.com
Sapochnik is completely unable to create suspension of disbelief, at least with the preposterous plot he had to work with.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
'You wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. You wouldn't steal a movie...' Well, hang on now. Those anti-piracy warnings shouldn't simply be reserved for the download-happy consumers at home.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Repo Men never quite finds its own identity, abandoning any attempt at serious comment early on in favour of ludicrous levels of lopped limbs, cartilage and claret.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
If only Sapochnik and Garcia had stuck more to their ideas than their guns, they'd really have something.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Better and smarter than you might expect.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The overused homages and a tacked-on twist ending are just failed attempts to save Repo Men from its own shallow blood lust.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
Beyond its shapeless sense of the future, humdrum story and fairly routine plot mechanics . . . this flick mostly recycles old action-movie parts.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
It takes itself far too seriously when it should be having more fun with its speculative (high) concepts.
Tony Horkins - Total Film
One of the worst endings of any film, ever. Seriously. Ever.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
The plot becomes predictable before an ending that appears to have been borrowed from Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Never as cool or clever as it would like to think.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The film bounces from knockaround black comedy to gruesome action film to not-quite-clever-enough sci-fi mindbender, without ever establishing a consistent tone or a style that works.
Great stuff at first, but when Law grows a conscience and goes underground with the uninsured, the narrative excitement slumps.
As an example of how not to make a movie, Repo Men deserves to be studied by film students.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Just as you're settling down, convinced the film knows what it's doing, it takes a complete wrong turn. It separates Law and Whitaker, who were on form and had great chemistry, and gives the film a romantic sub plot instead.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Served up in a high-concept soup, Repo Men's morally dubious characters and divisive splatter elements will certainly sour the tastes of some viewers.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
While Forest Whitaker's conflicted thug brings languid menace, there's little to up the tension. And among all the film's icky incisions, there's a feeling a better film is lying on the cutting room floor.
Philip De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
Law and Whitaker are disastrous in the lead roles. It's a dreary and violent film that betrays its three years spent on the shelf.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
The script has a resonance of sorts with today's debt-ridden society. But it's also derivative, violent and lacking in both suspense and the sort of characters we cared for in Stephen Frears' organ drama Dirty Pretty Things.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The concept of organ repossession is introduced in masterful fashion by director Miguel Sapochnik, through a glorious juxtaposition of sound and vision entwined with a viciously dark humour.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
The script, ambitious and inept in similar quantities, tries to work the set-up into an allegory for cosmetic surgery, immigration and the credit-based economy, adding a dash of confusion to the general atmosphere of callousness.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
There's the seed of a good idea here. But good geh-RIEF, has it been turned into an all-clucking, all-squawking turkey twizzler of Foghorn Leghorn dimensions.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Taken as a fairly inoffensive action flick, it's perfectly serviceable. Jude Law is easily the least irritating he's been in years, and the decade-too-old soundtrack still compliments the cartilage slicing, sinew-slicing action sequences.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
This action movie misses the two big chances here: to play with the absurdities of its premise and to make a comment on corporate greed. Instead it's just brutally violent and staggeringly stupid.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It might not be the most original tale, but it's visceral, visual and vitriolic, with a line in sharp, dark humour.
James White - SFX Magazine
Though Repo Man is unmistakably a mess, it must be admitted that it contains some defiantly silly and entertaining moments
Catherine Bray - Film4
So desperately wants to be seen as socially relevant that it'll probably feel outdated by the time it shows up on DVD.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Preposterous but nonetheless enjoyable, this is an impressively directed slice of sci-fi trash with some nice ideas and a strong performance from Jude Law.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's a buddy movie. Then again, it's political statement about corporate greed and the health-care crisis. No, it's a science-fiction tale.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Everybody in this future is so freakin' stupid that they don't deserve to live, let alone occupy two hours of our time in the theatre.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Not as bad as I heard it was. Plenty of horror violence, but the improbability of the story (i.e. only one company selling artificial organs) made it tough to take. It might make you want to surgically remove your money from the box office. Paul Chambe
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Repo Men desperately wants to make a statement; it's just not sure what that might be.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
...a frustratingly uneven yet sporadically electrifying sci-fi thriller...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A clear allegory of modern health care anxieties, with a little bit of the mortgage and foreclosure crisis tossed in for good measure. But structural problems repeatedly get in the film's way.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
What is more depressing than the bleak future shown in Repo Men is the sense that there was an intriguing premise somewhere in this mess of blood and guts.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
If you're so inclined you may want to see it fast on the big screen. Then when it emerges as a cult favorite, you can say you were there at the beginning.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Facile with its colorful background strokes, breezy but effective with its characterizations and generally more thoughtful than it needs to be -- a spry, fun film that seems tailor-made for the current zeitgeist.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Perfectly positioned to take advantage of the health care debate. Unfortunately, the satire doesn't get any more complex than 'What if the mortgage crisis were over livers instead of houses?'
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The premise of this health-care-crisis sci-fi actioner is ingenious and witty... but the film leaves satire behind to become increasingly pretentious and nonsensical.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
[An] immensely feeble attempt at a science-fiction action epic.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Why Jude Law would want to get his hands on our organs
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
One of the worst endings to a movie since Bobby Ewing stepped out of the shower on "Dallas."
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Surface value thrills that grow tiresome and a formulaic story that buries most of the movie's built-in absurdity. What could have been a gory satire becomes a sloppy exercise in berzerk commercialism.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Sure, there are plenty of plot holes, but we didn't come to the movies for artiforg tort reform. We came for squibbulous close-quarters knife fights.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Chances are that, in our own dark future, this film will be remembered solely by virtue of its easy confusion with the immortal '80s punk comedy Repo Man.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
There are plenty of moments when the appearance of a flying, green-glow Chevy Malibu would be a welcome distraction.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Just before it's over, Repo Man goes so far into bad taste that director Miguel Sapochnik finally seems to get his hipster/surrealist rhythm.
Armond White - New York Press
The direction is especially impressive, but the film really starts to take a nosedive in the last third. The plot begins to drag, the tone jumps, and the last few scenes are ridiculous.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's a mess of a movie in many ways, but it's a hot mess.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
If you're like me, and you once financed an entire Spring Break to Panama City Beach with Discover Card cash advances at 43 percent interest, then Repo Men will hit a little too close to home.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Repo Men is a thrilling, bloody, organ-ripping sci-fi spin on a familiar theme.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
It's one of those films where the more you think about it, the more you realize just how ludicrous and ill-conceived it actually is.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A paranoid fantasy of what's over the horizon if the macabre rumors about the Obamacare death panels are true.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Repo Men is a film with no identity. It's a melting pot of plot points executed more effectively by more talented people without a single genuine or subtle moment.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
This violent sci-fi retread is exactly what it sounds like: a film shoddily assembled from the vital parts of other, far superior films.
Chris Cox - Hollywood.com
- National Post
Any picture that instantly recalls one of the worst movies of 2008 is off to a bad start.
Kurt Loder - MTV
It doesn't really have anything on its mind at all, except finding creative ways to photograph arterial blood spraying from someone's neck.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Repo Men is a mess of a film but it's third act has an action scene that is so strong it is worth seeing. Two words for you; Hacksaw camera.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
It's often exciting and occasionally provocative, but like its main characters, there's a machine where its heart should be.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's a film to be endured more than experienced.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Repo Men is not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. But it never fails to be an interesting and engaging one.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The set-up suggests pitch-black satire, but the movie is terrified of laughing at itself.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
As action, Repo Men is sub-par, as comedy it's only fitfully amusing, as dystopian sci-fi it brings nothing new to the table, and as satire it never hits the right notes.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
There's a lot of style and even a little bit of substance in Repo Men, but not enough of either to hold the ludicrous plot in place.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The movie is far less ambitious than it thinks it is.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
If you like your sci-fi with a touch of dark humor and a fair amount of a---kicking, Repo Men will likely leave you grinning.
Will Harris - Bullz-Eye.com
Repo Men mostly plays like an uninspired rip-off of Logan's Run plus Brazil plus Total Recall plus Monty Python's The Meaning of Life plus ... well, I could do this all day.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's a baldfaced ripoff of Terry Gilliam's Brazil right down to the nasty twist ending.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The script doesn't give any of the actors much to work with, and first-time feature director Miguel Sapochnik seems unable to goose them out of their understandable torpor.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
The slicing and dicing is unsparingly full-on, but it's the gruellingly slow pace which really does this in.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Slick and action-packed, but painfully insipid, needlessly gory, lackluster and, worst of all, fails to maintain its excitement, cleverness, imagination and thrills.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Where has all the fun science-fiction filmmaking gone?
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
'I want you to do a f*ckin' creative repo on these guys. Irony! I f*ckin' love it.'
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Watch Blade Runner again instead.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Brutal, and yet appallingly fascinating, except for the graphic slice-and-dice scenes, of which, I already noted, there are too many. And blood galore ---
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Although there are a couple of white-knuckle moments, and a surprise ending, the suspense is not sustainable, and we just want this story to end.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Sci-fi mishmash about a conscience-stricken repo man for an artificial-organ company who finds himself hunted by his partner.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
It's a subversive little outing with a terrific soundtrack and a 'do-unto-others' moral, and it might appeal -- just a hunch -- to a young male audience.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Director Miguel Sapochnik is definitely trying to get a Verhoeven vibe going here but the end result is a lot closer to "Robocop 2" than to "Robocop."
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Should be immediately screened in film schools across the world as a shining example of everything that is wrong with the American studio system and the increasingly dreadful junk it produces.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Sluggishly paced, of minor consequence, and increasingly derivative in form and content.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Repo Men starts with a sly premise - and then adds literally nothing of worth thereafter.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Repo men like these can break your heart. Or, er, take your heart. We had hoped that this film would take our breath away -- instead, the filmmakers quickly mutilate any initial enthusiasm we may have had.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
It's our introduction to the extreme, grisly filmmaking style of Takashi Miike and Chan-wook Park. Worth seeing through your fingers.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The presence of such a talented cast only makes the one-dimensionality of the characters and the unoriginality of the world they live in more of a shame.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
An aggressive testosterone-fueled ride that fetishizes violence and weapons in an attempt to prove its badass cred.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Grisly, humorless and over-long, this sci-fi thriller about the repossession of artificial organs isn't nearly as interesting, clever or original as it wants to be.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
You'd expect a lot of blood with a story where organs are removed on the fly, but director Miguel Sapochnik seems to revel in the gore and, at times, the intertwining of sex and "surgery" has an uncomfortably pornographic feel.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Under the uncertain direction of Miguel Sapochnik, the actors often seem at a loss...The inconsistency of tone is impossible to ignore.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
It's hard to completely dislike a movie that has this many cheeky things to say about pay-to-play health care or our Chernobylized economy.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
I haven't wanted to walk out of a movie so many times as I did with "Repo Men...."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
What we need are some cinematic repo men to rip this movie from the theaters.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
[It] works for about an hour. But then, the ultimately disappointing film comes undone, culminating with over-the-top gore and some convoluted, contrived plotting.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
One of the silliest futuristic thrillers ever; what sets it apart, though, is that it's also one of the most thoroughly--indeed virulently--unpleasant.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
triumphs in the end
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
A futuristic yet not so far fetched transplant take-out invasive surgical thriller, pondering assembly line homicidal health care for profit and a recipients resistance movement that may have already arrived.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The picture is not nearly as deranged as it should've been, trying urgently to stay friendly when a nice shiny set of Verhoeven-sharp fangs would've done the premise more justice.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
It's a time-waster with brains, but ultimately not enough brains, and one that wastes too much time.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Repo Men asks us to consider: What happens when the corporations claim ownership over our very bodies
Steven Snyder - Techland
This is a long-delayed sci-fi slasher flick that the relieved producers are now tossing like a malodorous Molotov cocktail into the middle of our national health care debate.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
While it may not be a classic, this will be a crowd pleaser...
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A wonderfully gory climax almost makes the overacted, underplotted prelude worth sitting through, but in the end you'll want to repo your two hours and twelve bucks.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
Jude Law and Forest Whitaker have surprisingly rich chemistry in the film, and despite one major storytelling stumble, it's soulful enough to linger.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It's actually complete nonsense, but the filmmakers seem too self-satisfied to know any better.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Though it never hits action movie nirvana, if you can get past the intentionally OTT gross-out factor, Repo Men is a serviceable and entertaining sci-fi yarn.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It's a shot in the foot, and the splattered limb is beyond repair.
Repo Men sets up and puts into motion an attention-grabbing premise, and then, for the most part, just goes to typical places with it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
...a repellent, nauseating, disgusting motion picture.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
a bewilderingly awful concoction that seems to have been written by a committee whose individual members were forbidden to contact one another and who seem to be ignorant of the most rudimentary fundamentals of storytelling, screenwriting or coherence
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Ultimately it's too long, and with too few surprises, to make it worthwhile.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
To give resonance to that pedantic, half-baked conceit, director Miguel Sapochnik apes the severe gravitas of Children of Men.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
Repo Men should have offered some lacerating satire, but the derivative filmmaking and reality-show dialogue take the heart right out of it.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
The movie goes completely insane, in the best way possible.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Cliches abound: frantically edited fights, gore, lethargically acted
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A more entertaining if still trashy film could have been made out of Garcia's dystopian tale, but helming leaves much to be desired and the good Law and Whitaker are wasted.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"Repo Men" is a joyless experiment in stupefaction. Like pornography, you know it when you see it, and you've seen all before.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If you aren't too repulsed by the general ultra-violence and horror aspects, you're in for some treats of the gross out variety that could send you reeling to the lobby.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals