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Overall Rating
2.59

Awesome: 7.14%
Worth A Look: 21.43%
Average: 16.07%
Pretty Bad33.93%
Total Crap: 21.43%

1 review, 50 user ratings



Robocop 2
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's definitely a stumble."
2 stars

Nowhere near as satisfying as its predecessor.

Robocop 2 brings the return of the popular title character, this time sporting a script from cool comics guy Frank Miller. Should be a knockout.

Uh...no.

Robocop 2 is an uneven blend of violence and humor, much like the first film. But whereas the first film was intentionally so, due in large part to the whacked sensibilities of director Paul Verhoeven, this one seems oddly timed and not really all that funny. Plots are left dangling, events are unexplained. It moves from action scene to action scene, throwing in the occasional cheesy action one-liner. It takes a succesful concept and turns it into formula, and bad formula at that.

Detroit is worse off at the beginning of this film than it was at the end of the last one. The OCP corporation is taking over, and the cops are all on strike. OCP tries to recreate the lightning in a bottle that was the first Robocop by making another, this time (using logic that only works in movies, and never really truly works there) putting the brain of a drug addicted homicidal maniac in the machine. This, of course, leads to the inevitable stop-motion miniature showdown.

I expected more from Miller as the writer. He shows more depth and better storytelling in practically every comic and graphic novel he's ever written. Robocop 2, by comparison, suffers from oddness that can't really be explained. Some of the funny moments are fleeting, and some of the violence is cool. But blending them together, along with other elements that just don't work, spell poison. The performances are uninspired and the script is just plain weak.

Just watch the first one again. It's ten times better.

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originally posted: 01/22/99 01:38:36
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User Comments

3/29/16 Aj wales Director must have thought this is a joke movie and i will make one. 2 stars
9/02/14 Dude Total crap sums it up 1 stars
1/28/14 Danielsan Justin Bieber is great as a young crime lord in this! 2 stars
5/26/13 Philip It's almost worth sitting through just for that amazing stop motion finish. 3 stars
11/12/10 PAUL SHORTT UGLY, BORING SEQUEL 1 stars
9/22/10 alex murphy i am not in this movie. i retired after kicking dick jones' ass. btw, RC2 sux SYS/FAIL:// 1 stars
12/11/07 matt christensen it was good but frank miller could have done better 4 stars
9/10/07 Jubei Regret saying this of Miller, but the plot sucks big time. 2 stars
7/10/07 action movie fan somewhat difficult to follow but great action-evil kid is memorable 4 stars
3/17/07 Karthik spartan In this movie he's almost dead this sucks, but worth watching.. 3 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini good gore. 3 stars
7/13/06 David Cohen Worth renitng for the "focus group" subplot alone 5 stars
5/28/06 JM Synth One of the best Sequels ever. (For what that's worth) 5 stars
3/13/06 date movie sucks worst sequel 1 stars
7/25/05 Indrid Cold Odd, episodic plot is forgettable. The absolutely fantastic pre-cgi action scenes are not. 4 stars
5/21/04 John everything the first one was not - unfortunately 1 stars
4/17/04 BaztarD_101 My fav in the whole series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/09/04 Blaine Holloway BOLLOCKS springs to mind! prefer T2, but at least its fun to laugh at! 2 stars
1/14/04 kyle.dries how can u bag this movie so much, it's a great sequel, and the acting was great by everyone 4 stars
11/25/03 Sean Thomas Still better than Robocop 3, though. That movie SUCKED!! 4 stars
4/17/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik Robocrap. 1 stars
12/28/02 Jack Sommersby Needless sequel that's unpleasant & incompetent. 1 stars
10/07/02 STEVE I WOLD NOT UY THIS FOR A CENT.UH 1 stars
8/14/02 stick I actually liked this one slightly better than the original. A good sequel. 4 stars
7/19/02 Shams Huque Watch it for some cool stop motion effects...and violence. 4 stars
4/24/02 Ryan Not as good as the first, but it was better than the third one. That movie sucks! 4 stars
4/24/02 maximal01 Extreme crap. Robocop NEEDED no sequel. The only thing saving this from 1 star is the #1... 2 stars
4/11/02 R.W. Welch The gimmick was pretty well played out in the original; forget it. 2 stars
3/06/02 ANDREW TARR ENTERTAINING. 4 stars
1/25/02 murat irvin kershner made a a joke after esb and nsna (you know) a terrible joke 2 stars
1/14/02 Andrew Carden The Ending Was Dumb, but Overall...It Was Pretty Good. 4 stars
11/12/01 Kenneth E. Carper Irvin Kershner can go to Hell! Paul Verhoeven rules! Robocop 2 = Peice of SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/10/01 I love movies pretty good 4 stars
6/08/01 Rampage The only thing that's good about that wasted sequel is that other Robocop mecha. 'Nuff said 2 stars
4/23/01 Gary I also had a headache after watching this film. 2 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla what a fucking letdown, trademark of many sequels, your full of shit "fuck yeah" 3 stars
3/18/00 Lame-Oh the first one was soo much better 2 stars
2/16/00 Kyle Broflovski Did what most sequels do. Dumbed it down & hammed it up. Blark. 3 stars
1/16/00 Robo Good pace, not enough plot closures 4 stars
1/13/00 Fuck Yeah!! Ryan,you're a fuckhead!You obviously base your opinions on what critics say.Robocop2 rocks! 5 stars
9/17/99 strike The equivalent of this movie is sticking your brain through a blender!! 1 stars
4/08/99 Ah Dooey Hey Ryan, your review is right. 2 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink Had an enormous headache after watching this fuckin' piece of shit! 1 stars
11/04/98 Bad Kosh Just average, I liked the 11-foot Robo better. 3 stars
10/28/98 Matt (<A HREF='http://oobleck.com/mfc/'>The MFC</A>) Blah 3 stars
10/27/98 Lord Of The Dunce God awful. They lost the undertone of Verhoeven's first. Wasted franchise. 1 stars
10/27/98 Johny Loses so much from the original 2 stars
10/27/98 Negative Creep CAIN!!! Direction by 'Empire' director doesnt help much. Neither does Story By Frank Miller 3 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob Bile 2 stars
10/27/98 Cage Not nearly as good as the first, but still very cool... Nuke!! 3 stars
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USA
  02-Jul-1990 (R)
  DVD: 08-Jun-2004

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Australia
  02-Feb-1991 (M)




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