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Hobo with a Shotgun

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Canada · 2011
1h 26m
Director Jason Eisener
Starring Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Gregory Smith, Robb Wells
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers and corrupt cops, the Hobo brings justice to the town the best way he knows - with a 20-gauge shotgun.

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Village Voice by

Pick a reason to balk at this spot-on, garishly threadbare paean to '80s no-budget sleaze.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Loaded to the gills with thrill-inducing mayhem, Hobo with a Shotgun feels almost tribal in its commitment to violence.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

Two monologues-one in which the Hobo compares himself to a bear, the other a Travis Bickle–like screed delivered to a roomful of increasingly distressed babies-are damn near Shakespearean. It's a shame the performance is contained in a Z-movie patchwork that's a bit too knowingly repugnant.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

In its mocking but acutely observed style, Hobo is a well-designed cinematic mess: There are whiplash jump cuts, patches where the sound almost disappears, and the whole thing is projected in a queasy, faded Technicolor.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

There's a pomo twist to the whole overeager enterprise, in all its theoretical, film-school charm: Similar to 2010's "Machete," the movie was born from a fake 
 trailer commissioned by Grindhouse directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.


Observer by Rex Reed

Quite the most appalling piece of junk I have seen lately, Hobo With a Shotgun just lies there like an autopsy.


Boxoffice Magazine by Steve Ramos

Hobo is trash cinema through and through and gives fans everything they want from a drive-in throwback. That's something that doesn't happen often.

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