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Hobo with a Shotgun

This gory, gleefully over-the-top revenge fantasy stars Rutger Hauer as the Hobo, a bum who rolls into town hoping to start over, only to find his adopted city saturated in violence and ruled by a vicious crime lord known as the Drake (Brian Downey). The Hobo's answer? Pick up his handy pump-action scattergun and start laying waste to crooks, corrupt cops and every other lowlife who crosses his path.
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The movie just blows chunks.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
A merrily blood-soaked homage to the vigilante action movies of the 1970s and early 1980s, "Hobo'' is a good idea in theory that's brought down by the banality of its practice.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
"Hobo" breathes new life into the demented realm of grindhouse cinema - a world that had grown pretty stale to this point.
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post  full review
 
Even connoisseurs of the genre (and I confess, I'm not one) will find the cheesy chopfests and gratuitous gore less than exciting as one urban prosthetics-strewn bloodbath begets the next.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
What really puts this over-the-top extravaganza over the top is Hauer's ferocious and oddly sincere performance.
William Goss, Film.com  full review
 
Will leave most viewers bored and uneasy, especially in scenes like the burning alive of a busful of young children.
Mike Hale, New York Times  full review
 
Japan's Takashi Miike has the formula down pat, but Eisener has no idea how to give violence a touch of class.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
What's not to like?
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
 
The closest thing the film gets to a message? "When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat covered in razor blades." Sounds like a quote for a Successories poster in hell.
 
A hobo hops off a freight train in a nameless North American Gomorrah run by a sadistic crime king. Then said hobo cleans up the place by shooting buckets full of guts.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Quite the most appalling piece of junk I have seen lately, Hobo With a Shotgun just lies there like an autopsy.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
The setup could also be read as an allegory of/justification for Dubya's invasion of Iraq (think about it), but that presumes more of an engagement with the non-cinematic world than Hobo ever really displays.
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice  full review
 
Does this cinematic jeu d'esprit ever gobsmack your eyes and nerve endings.
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies  full review
 
If, on the other hand, you appreciate a droll and savvy satire of the melodramatic excesses of seventies vigilante thrillers from a filmmaker who clearly knows his stuff, then get in the ticket line.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Available From: Aug 05, 2011
  • Queued by: 6877 people
Directed By
Jason Eisener
Cast
Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Rob Wells, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Nick Bateman, Drew O'Hara, Molly Dunsworth, Jeremy Akerman, Mark A. Owen
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