Lots of people flock to the movies during a snowstorm, but if you're thinking about schlepping your way to the theater, the critics wouldn't necessarily recommend you hit up a screening of RoboCop.
In fact, reviews for the reboot of the 1987 film are almost as dreary as the weather. Despite an impressive cast including Joel Kinnaman (as Alex Murphy/RoboCop), Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Jennifer Ehle, the reviews ranged from dismal to decent.
Here's more of what the critics have to say...
"When the So Bad It's Good Society comes to evaluate José Padilha's 'RoboCop' for membership, its star witness will be a scene found roughly halfway through," writes Chris Hewitt of Empire. "It involves the film's hero, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), just after he's been blown up and encased in his life-saving metal suit. Murphy asks his creator, Dr. Norton (Gary Oldman) how bad his situation really is. Norton, reluctantly, shows him, as robots remove first Alex's legs, then his arms, then his torso, revealing him finally as nothing more than a wailing head above a pair of CG lungs and a disembodied hand, floating around randomly. Sadly, the scene doesn't end with Norton telling Alex that he can still play the piano. It's awful, and symptomatic of the problems that dog Padilha's reboot of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic. No heart, no balls, no funny bone."
In the Chicago Tribune, however, Michael Phillips finds that while the RoboCop remake "doesn't really believe its own poster," he sees the positives. "The tagline 'Crime has a new enemy' suggests little more than point and shoot—the same old cyborg song and dance," he writes, adding, "While nobody'd be dumb enough to reboot the original 1987 kill-'em-up franchise by holding back on the scenes of slaughter in favor of sly political satire about arm-twisting Fox News jingoism or American business ethics, Brazilian-born director Jose Padilha manages to do all that and still deliver the product."
RoboCop opened Wednesday. Do you plan to see it?