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Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from any one else: he is a robot.

Actors: Sharlto Copley , Dev Patel , Ninja , Yolandi Visser , Jose Pablo Cantillo , Hugh Jackman , Sigourney Weaver , Brandon Auret , Johnny Selema , Anderson Cooper , Yo-Landi Visser
Directors: Neill Blomkamp
Release: 2015-03-06
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  • Tom Huddleston

    This hugely entertaining oddity could never be mistaken for the work of any other filmmaker.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It’s a good sci-fi action movie, too. Far be it from me to give this movie the kiss of death by making it seem too serious for its core audience. Chappie is everything it has to be — but it’s everything it should be, too.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Between the charming Copley performance, the ingenious visuals, the absolutely incredible all-electronic Hans Zimmer score (seriously, this is one of his best ever), and the propulsive narrative thrust (Blomkamp is rarely singled out for how swiftly he moves things along, plot holes be damned), there is a lot to appreciate and even love about Chappie.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    There's something fearlessly uncool about the film, which suffers mostly from being made 30 years too late.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    With a titanium body and a child's mind, Chappie is a fascinating figure, vividly rendered, enough so that you wish there was a better movie around him.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Chappie boasts so many entertaining elements, particularly the lead motion-capture performance by Blomkamp’s go-to guy Sharlto Copley, its shortcomings don’t sink the movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Chappie is meant to inspire questions about what it means to be human, and at times it does. However, director and co-writer Neill Blomkamp doesn't explore its intriguing premise deeply enough.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    Like its title character, Chappie is stunning to behold and easy to like, but it’s still some way from fully developed.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    Blomkamp’s third movie has just about enough spectacle and quirk to overcome some fairly major flaws, not least of which is an unappealing central trio.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Chappie is a broad, brash picture, which does not allow itself to get bogged down in arguing about whether or not “artificial intelligence” is possible. It has subversive energy and fun.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It’s a brawny, inventive action romp that’s as happy firing rockets at helicopters as it is contemplating the Cartesian model of mind-body dualism, which gives it a satisfying, sweet-and-sour tang of its own.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • William Goss

    Now, with Chappie, the director/co-writer returns home for an uneven showcase of impeccable visual effects and lackluster emotional affect.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Criminally underwritten characters result in actors like Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) having little to do.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    When we’re first introduced, he’s an overwhelmed infant, and by the time the credits roll, he’s John McClane. Is that an accurate representation of how artificial intelligence can evolve? Absolutely. Does it make for compelling drama? Not particularly.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Chappie has a nothing-to-lose Roger Cormanesque quality about it, low on budget (except for the CGI robots) and low on meaning, but full of high-velocity chases, helicopter pursuits, and weapons blasting around empty warehouses marred by graffiti and trash.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    A movie about a robot policeman given a childlike conscience, Chappie is one of those incongruous Franken-films that’s simultaneously bombastically brutal and treacly. Like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial crossed with Transformers, or RoboCop starring Jar Jar Binks, it’s a recipe guaranteed to produce aesthetic indigestion.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The technology is seamless, the movements are eloquent and the problem may be my own misprogramming, but the robot still looked to me like a man in a robot suit.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Chappie feels like Blomkamp and his co-writer Terri Tatchell had three or four different films they wanted to make, and instead of figuring out which one actually worked, they just made them all at the same time.

    HitFix Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley is quite good — as Chappie, in a motion-capture performance. (He also provides the voice of the robot.) If this were somehow a commentary on man's increasing lack of humanity or something, that would be fine. Instead, it's just good work buried inside a movie made up of intriguing ideas that never really go anywhere.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Travis Clark

    While it has a few appealing qualities, as a whole it amounts to a well-intentioned bag of missed opportunities.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The movie's glaring problem is the design and execution of Chappie, whose look is unremarkable except for a pair of polymer rabbit ears ready for meme posterity.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It never winds up with anything particularly interesting or effective to say about life, intelligence, religion, the nature of consciousness, or any of the other big themes it deliberately evokes. It does, however, blow up a lot of stuff.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Chappie is a bucket of bolts, Blomkamp’s desire to say meaningful things outdistancing his ability to say them compellingly.

    Screen International Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    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.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Blomkamp and his wife and co-writer, Terri Tatchell, stack the deck. Instead of awe, we get "E.T." - aww.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Despite Blomkamp’s efforts to make some kind of commentary about the human soul, which the auteur bolsters with his trademark social consciousness — a tone of preachiness that, after three films, has worn out its welcome — the movie exhibits precious little humanity.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It’s not just that Chappie is a mishmash of familiar ingredients whose story quickly slides off the rails into a swamp of action-movie clichés, or another misbegotten project from the Land of Intriguing Premises. It doesn’t have an intriguing premise in the first place. It’s cluttered, goofy and incoherent from beginning to end, and much too long. Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    With unappealing one-note characters, retread concepts and implausible motivations, Chappie is a further downward step for director Neill Blomkamp.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of Chappie, a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    An exhausting slog through overly familiar cliches that is nowhere near as profound or touching as it clearly thinks it is and is utterly lacking in the kind of intelligence and artistry that it so often pays lip service to in the dialogue. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    “Short Circuit” meets “RoboCop” — with asides to “WALL-E,” “E.T.,” “The Road Warrior” and many other better movies — in Chappie, an interminable, violent, incoherent and wearying R-rated sci-fi action comedy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film's exasperating atonality washes out any legitimate idea about identity, education, nature versus nurture, or artificial intelligence that Neill Blomkamp hoped to evince.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, Chappie is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of “Short Circuit,” and the bloody-minded mayhem of “Robocop.” Neill Blomkamp, the director of “District 9,” has utterly exhausted his supply of South African sci-fi ideas with this disaster, an excruciating two hours of your life you will fear, quite rightly, ever getting back.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A misjudgment from metallic head to titanium toe.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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