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By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Cyborg actioner is more graphic than Terminator.

Movie R 1987 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 17+

Correction to ratings

"A corporation that controls the local police force is portrayed as corrupt." is a positive message, so don't say there are no positive messages. It's actually the main message of the movie.
age 18+

Too much swearing

I tried watching it once and gave up after half an hour because of the F word every five minutes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (59 ):

ROBOCOP could have been a great sci-fi movie for pre-teens. Its premise, after all, is fascinating: A police officer is transformed into a law-enforcing cyborg after being killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, director Paul Verhoeven drenches his film in so much violence and profanity -- and occasional overacting -- that even some adults might feel squeamish.

Weller does a good job of humanizing RoboCop, and Allen is tough and loyal as his partner. The scenes of RoboCop's engineering are intriguing, and it's fun to watch him make the bad guys squirm. Still, some of the movie feels dated and over the top. In spite of that, Robocop still remains a thought-provoking action movie that examines the use of technology and the abuse of power.

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