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Hobo with a Shotgun (18)

Action, Crime, Thriller

A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.

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The critical consensus

Hobo is in no way on par with Rodriguez and Tarantino’s well-made neo-trash, but it is gleefully gruesome and knowingly funny as well as being shamelessly inept. And Hauer’s mighty presence holds together a film that would otherwise have been little more than a cacophony of carnage.

***(*)(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 21/06/2011

Twice as good as a fi lm based on a spoof trailer has any right to be, Hobo is a great career kickstarter for director Eisener and the credibility boost Hauer richly deserves.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 06/07/2011

Created by a fan for fans everywhere, Eisener's film is simultaneously original and a perfect throwback to the blood-splattered movies of the 70s.

****(*)Becky Bartlett, The Skinny, 11/07/2011

Hauer’s best since The Hitcher. If Eisener calms down, he may have a career outside live-action ’toons. Or he might replace Hauer with Lance Henriksen and make seven direct-to-the-dungeon sequels in Bulgaria.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 11/07/2011

Best enjoyed after a liquid dinner.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 14/07/2011

tacky exercise in blood-soaked silliness.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 14/07/2011

Provides its target audience with exactly what they want while still managing to be aware of just how silly it all is.

****(*)Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies, 14/07/2011

Shot in acid yellows and Hallowe'en reds, it stomps over any notions of good taste and credibility after roughly five minutes.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 15/07/2011

There’s no escaping the fact this is a remake of rubbish.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 15/07/2011

I've got to admit there are flashes of demented brilliance in this hardcore crassploitation splatter pic.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 14/07/2011

Yet more gruesome, giggling sadism.

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 15/07/2011

Rutger Hauer at least seems to be in on the joke, even if the joke wears pretty thin.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/07/2011

This one belongs at the bottom of a disused coal mine in one of those desperately impoverished West Virginia townships that advertise for people to send them their nuclear waste.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/07/2011

Hobo with a Shotgun (18)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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