Robocop is as tightly worked as a film can be, not a moment or line wasted.
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TV Guide

A first-rate production full of nonstop action and inventive special effects but what truly makes Robocop spellbinding is a superior script.
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It was this love of mayhem combined with a biting comic attack on neo-fascist corporatism - most notably seen in the TV ads for products like the apocalyptic board game Nuke 'Em - which helped raise Robocop above the common sci-fi herd.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
[Verhoeven's] cold, slick, funny, high-powered movie is informed by a humanism this genre almost always abandons in its chase after vigilante splat. [17 Jul 1987]
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though Robocop is too well-crafted to be entirely loathsome, it's at best an amoral goof. Yet like the comparably silly Lethal Weapon, it cynically pushes all the right action-audience buttons. Better duck - here comes a monster hit. [17 Jul 1987]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Robocop is a thriller with a difference.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Great effects and a nasty undercurrent drive this vehicle.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Robocop isn't going to win Verhoeven any medals - the focus remains on action, guns and gore - but it's a flashy movie with enough wit to be more than just another dumb bucket of bolts. [17 Jul 1987]
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
It's a violent yet occasionally funny film - thanks to some inventive gags that pop up - and it hits some of the same blood-splashed chords as "Terminator." [17 Jul 1987]
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop is a stylish piece of work that leaves a sour aftertaste. [17 Jul 1987]
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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