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Chappie Reviews

July 19, 2016
It's this time-old message of humanity, adapted to fit with today's technologies, that transcends the overpowering, at times clunky, cinematic vessel.
December 14, 2015
Its oddly jumbled machinery never clicks. The logic of Chappie gradually disintegrates, becoming increasingly farcical.
March 15, 2015
The principal charm of the film arises from Chappie's ears, which prick up and droop like those of a titanium rabbit.
March 13, 2015
Blomkamp's strength lies in his unabashed populism, an extension of his sympathy with the underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2015
While the visual effects are spectacularly seamless, they're in the service of a movie which devolves from vaguely funny to just-plain silly to numbingly gory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2015
There's material in Chappie for a worthwhile motion picture but too little is explored by Blomkamp to make this worth a trip to a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2015
It may be too sloppy and indulgent to actually call good, but that still leaves room for words like heartfelt, trippy, personal, and even admirable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 6, 2015
I didn't think there was room in my heart for another kind-bot-in-a-cruel-world. I was wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2015
This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2015
One of those incongruous Franken-films that's simultaneously bombastically brutal and treacly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2015
It's cluttered, goofy and incoherent from beginning to end, and much too long.
March 6, 2015
There's something fearlessly uncool about the film, which suffers mostly from being made 30 years too late.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 6, 2015
At one point, an anguished Chappie screams out "Why do you humans do this?"-while he is theoretically commenting on the inhumanity of man at this point, I couldn't help but think of it as his plaintive comment on the film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 6, 2015
Chappie is a clunky mix: a sentimental comedy-thriller with hideous violence and a profound cynicism about the inexorability of the computer-enhanced surveillance state.
March 6, 2015
A loud and unpleasant "RoboCop" rehash that gives us no one to root for and nothing to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 6, 2015
"Chappie" is all over the place, employing a cloying, "Patch Adams"-like sentimentality and abandoning logic at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
March 6, 2015
Low on meaning, but full of high-velocity chases, helicopter pursuits, and weapons blasting around empty warehouses marred by graffiti and trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2015
I haven't been as happy to see a movie end since the third "Transformers."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 5, 2015
Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp bolts together used and stolen parts for his robot movie Chappie, and the lamentable result is far from riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 5, 2015
There are some clever and provocative ideas about artificial intelligence swirling around in Chappie, the latest feature from the District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, but much of the film is derivative and messy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2015
Neill Blomkamp's choice of having Ninja and Yolandi Visser (or Vi$$er to be accurate), from the South African rap-rave band Die Antwoord, play, essentially, grotesque versions of themselves is disastrous -- a film-sinking folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 5, 2015
Even at his shakiest, Mr. Blomkamp holds your attention with stories about characters banding together to emerge from a hell not of their own making, a liberation journey that just isn't the same old, same old when a director was born in South Africa.
March 5, 2015
There are some plot-twisting musings on mortality and the soul that are thoughtful, sure. But they aren't thought through half as fully as Blomkamp's ultraviolent battle choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2015
Never mind that Weaver and Jackman are totally wasted or the laughable lapses in logic, or that it lacks the social resonance of District 9. It's a fun little ride, for at least part of the way.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 5, 2015
Chappie, the robot, gets smart. Chappie, the movie, stays very, very dumb.
March 5, 2015
Like Chappie, the movie seems human, but has a cold metal heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 5, 2015
"Chappie" is a movie about the evolution of artificial intelligence that's as dumb as a post. It also marks the continuing devolution of the work of director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp.
March 5, 2015
"Chappie" is as subtle as a sledgehammer. The latest sci-fi action spectacle from "District 9" and "Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp is also sprawling, bombastic, deafening, ugly and ultra-violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2015
There are some nice special-effects here, and great production design, but Blomkamp forgot to give us any characters to latch onto.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 5, 2015
The concept is undeniably compelling, but portions of this dystopian action thriller begin to feel like a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
March 5, 2015
Like Elysium, this rusty A.I. story is basically just District 9 with a new coat of paint; it's distinguished only by the jabbering, irritating personality of its title character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 5, 2015
A giant step backward for this once promising filmmaker, a big, dumb blockbuster that's indistinguishable from so many others that roll off the Hollywood assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 5, 2015
Sustains a lively tension between A.I.-smart and comic-book-outlandish until the outlandishness turns to frenzy, the action grows familiar and you yearn for a robot break.
March 5, 2015
Chappie himself is lovingly and realistically rendered, though his personality shifts so often and so fast that it's hard to know how we should feel about him.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 5, 2015
Sadly, Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 to Ultron. Instead of awe, we get E.T.-aww.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 5, 2015
The special effects are incredible (especially given the relatively small budget), but the flat digital cinematography renders even the most technically impressive action sequence visually stale.
March 5, 2015
The little-robot-who-could is a combination of Sharlto Copley's performance capture work and visual effects artistry, and the end result is remarkable.That may well be enough for Blomkamp fans, but anyone else can expect to be disappointed by Chappie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2015
It's the audience that's being programmed [here] ... Blomkamp is an outrageously derivative filmmaker, but District 9 is a paragon of originality next to Chappie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 5, 2015
So kinetic, so captivatingly crackerjack that attention deficit is no danger for the audience even if it is for the artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2015
By the time the plot skitters completely off the rails, that Chappie is Blomkamp's best movie is compelling evidence that he shouldn't be the one making them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2015
A misjudgment from metallic head to titanium toe.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
March 5, 2015
That you can't quite say exactly what "Chappie" means, but you know and feel that it means something, tells you that it's operating on a level beyond consciousness. It's what makes it a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2015
Developments become increasingly implausible, even for the world Blomkamp has created. Jackman grows increasingly cartoonish, Weaver is wasted and Patel just sort of exists ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 5, 2015
After the disappointment of Elysium, Blomkamp is back on his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2015
A brawny, inventive action romp that's as happy firing rockets at helicopters as it is contemplating the Cartesian model of mind-body dualism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2015
With its stunning urban landscapes, trash-talking titanium hero and mulleted, God-bothering bad guy (Hugh Jackman, never better), this is hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2015
You'll be told repeatedly in whispers and shouts, that Chappie has feelings. It's too bad that neither the philosophy nor the pyrotechnics on-screen in "Chappie" can distract you from your own sinking feeling that you've seen almost all of this before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2015
After the surprise and promise of District 9, this represents a further downward step for director Neill Blomkamp in the wake of the highly uneven Elysium.
March 4, 2015
A robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name.