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New Chappie movie got mixed reviews from top movie critics. Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action/sci-fi flick, “Chappie,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that they fell pretty mixed on this one, giving it an overall 40 score out of a possible 100 across 37 reviews at

The movie stars: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, saying: ” 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.”

Bill Zwecker over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.”

Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He said: “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.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 63 score. She said: “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.”

Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “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.”

Kyke Anderson from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score, saying: “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.”

Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “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.”

Graham Fuller from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “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.”

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