Now THIS is a cynical cash-grab. Nothing is sicker or more depraved than turning an R-rated franchise PG-13. The only upside (aside from riff-tracking) is that it allows you to see a very curious arc. By the early 90s, RoboCop had gone from being a subversive, adult satire to an iconic action figure that kids recognized. Hence we get a version that's 10% RoboCop, 90% Saturday morning cartoon. In time to say goodbye.
Its toned down, but this didn't exactly turn into an episode of the Teletubbies and really become a real family film. Its not that bad either, more of a lackadaisical sequel which finishes the story arc but does so like many blockbusters with more empty space than interesting moments. Now if a fourth big budgeted film had been commissioned, the TV films notwithstanding, then we might have seen something truly bad.
WTF? This is so far away from the violent comic-book action movie as the hero is now political correct and never seem to shoot any bad guys. It is instead a watered down superhero movie for teenagers. The effects and film itself look like made for TV and seeing RoboCop with a jetpack on his back is a moment to hate. Even the makeup is below the usual standards. Only Nancy Allen's brief role is worth seeing.
This is poorly directed and has little to no sense of timing be it comedic or dramatic, and it feels like three different movies stuck together. However, the elements that are there with nazi occupation, computer genius children, politics and mood of the time are all interesting and fun. I rated too highly based on the movie those elements could have made in my head.