Movie Pit: RoboCop

24 Feb 2014 by Brandon Pero, 2 Comments »

Welcome to the Movie Pit. Movie Pit is a weekly movie review on TDN. All ratings for Movie Pit are based on the website Rotten Tomatoes, the free movie review website which judges if something is a ripe tomato (above 60%) or a rotten tomato (under 60%).

Below is an excerpt from the Rotten Tomatoes website (

“In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is¬†critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice. (c) Sony”

RoboCop is a movie that a whole lot of people were looking forward to seeing. Too bad the critics made it seem like a waste of $21.5 million. Critics gave RoboCob a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes.’s reveiw, written by none other than Richard Roeper, says, “Cynical, boring, PG-13 retread.” Just straight to the point. “This Robo-reboot tries fiercely to update the satirical punch and stylistic perversity Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. It’s a futile gesture,” was said by Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. Many critics agreed with him such as Christopher Orr who said, “Surveying the peculiar array of 1980s retreads clustered into release this week, I’m reminded of Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, traveling forward in time 30 years to discover that everything is still the same, only worse,” in his review on The Atlantic.

There were a few positive comments but even those had little problems with the movie. An example is Jim Judy on Screen It! who said, “Clearly wasn’t needed, but it’s better than I originally feared it would be.” Another one claimed, “There may be some nit-picky missteps in narrative and visual execution, but this reboot is enjoyable enough to warrant a sequel.” This was said by Annlee Ellingson on L.A. Biz.

There was one small comment made by Gary Wolcott on Tri-City Herald which lived slightly above par. It said, “RoboCop — even 27 years after the original — is hard not to like.”

In conclusion, is this new remake worth seeing? The only way to find out is to go and see it.


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  1. Ryan says:

    The review talked abot how robo cop was taken place in 2028. It mentions on how he wants to help stop crime in Detriot. To bad that it was a waist of 21 million$$ because it got a bad review!

    Ryan Muller

  2. keana says:

    Keana maynard
    fact: robots are used mostly for miltary.
    I wish i can see robocop, i just cant watch movies all the way with out sleeping

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