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Shoot 'Em Up


Clive Owen stars as a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    67%
  • Audience Score
    65%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    67%
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  • Audience

    65%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Say what you will about Bugs Bunny, at least he never needed a backstory.

- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Shoot 'em Up dispenses with plot, character development and coherency, but it's a blast all the same.

- Christian Toto, Washington Times, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

In the opening scene, Clive Owen shoots the oilpan off a car, then slides on his back to the sound of "Breed" (by Nirvana) along the cartoonishly-big slick, pistol in each hand, blasting bad guys all the way. Wow. Too bad it was the best part of this film. Very odd cartoon references (Clive Owen seems to be Bugs Bunny, with his carrot and even the line "What's up, Doc?", at one point), but the allusion doesn't really make sense. In any case, this film is stupid fun, certainly not for the thinking man. As it went on and told more of the story I cared less and less, but there's enough to be said for it's style that it's worth seeing. Free, on TV sometimes - don't pay for it.

- danperry17, Friday, December 3, 2010

5 stars

If any movie showcases the powerhouse that is Clive Owen, it's this. You can watch this endless times and seeing him mow down goons with his food stamp bullets never gets old. It quite possibly has the most goofy array of plot devices and bizarre character elements, but that's what makes it so effective as a sarcastic black comedy. Thankfully, this doesn't try to be just another spoof. They play it completely serious, making the comedy way more effective. Also, all the action sequences are extremely well put together. As goofy as they are in nature, the end result becomes a cross between ridiculous and ridiculously cool.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

4 stars

Smith: Eat your vegetables. Late at nighttime, in an unnamed U.S. metropolis, an introverted man (Clive Owen) sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With unwillingness, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while supplementary pursuer's fire at them, as well as the gang's particularly spiteful boss, an insightful man named Hertz (Paul Giamatti). Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and discover out why Hertz needs the baby dead. At a confined bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to observe the child, but things rapidly go sky-high, and this rough and ready family is roughly immediately on the run. Hertz: Guns don't kill people, but they sure help! This movie is seriously a truly enjoyable movie. It's complete with action, sharp dialogue, and unforgettable lines. It is what it promises, a 90 minute action crammed romp. The wonderful Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a man with a mission. Owen is ideal in this part, including everything you'd wish for in a movie akin to this (heck, he even kills an assassin with a carrot!). The story is unbelievably impractical and the whole thing is completely improbable, but I can assure that you will be entertained. Shoot 'Em Up is a great case in point of a wonderful B-movie, or even a cult classic (watch out, The Evil Dead!). Hertz: Do you know why a gun is better than a wife? You can put a silencer on a gun.

- CreedsDelight, Friday, April 15, 2011