'Real Steel' Critic Reviews
The Sabotage Times
A film that feels as if it's been written by a five-year-old who's been allowed to create it as some sort of bizarre birthday present this is undemanding all the way
The robots are fun, but the script never gets beyond cliches
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Characters' smug, this-is-so-cool!ness and jingoistic, heartland subtext tries to knock us into submission. The hero's one of those animatronic adults in kid's clothing.
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Silly, corny and featuring nearly every boxing cliche... But fighting robots? Dads and their young sons will have a blast.
Even with my sense of humor firmly intact, I'm not sure that I've seen a more crassly manipulative movie this year. As cold and calculating as movies get -- a glossy, soulless piece of junk that wants you to cheer along, but it doesn't earn one ounce.
Battling to be heard above the metal-on-metal clangour is a heartwarming (read: terribly soppy) story of a broken family.
Fan The Fire
The script doesn't do enough with the father-son element to keep us involved, and the CGI robot fights aren't sufficiently exciting to make us care about the rest
What Would Toto Watch?
Hugh Jackman refuses to let audiences leave Real Steel without being entertained, no matter how silly matters get.
The Age (Australia)
Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.
Antagony & Ecstasy
Better than Transformers. I fear that if I lower the bar any further, I shall pinch my toes.
Real Steel is simply made for IMAX viewing, especially with the metal-verses-metal clashes in the ring.
There's a certain poverty of imagination at work.
This is a ridiculous movie. And yet, I enjoyed the hell out it. Not just because Hugh Jackman is in it. In IMAX. Though that doesn't hurt.
This isn't just a great boxing movie, it's a great movie.
Q Network Film Desk
a big, seemingly clunky contraption that works against all odds
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Set in the year 2020 but scavenges its buffed and retooled spare parts not just from the Mattel aisle at Toys R Us but from a vast and ancient junkyard, overflowing with all the shameless crowd-pleasing hokum and staged public violence of eras past.
This is London
This is 50 per cent violence and 50 per cent gross sentimentality - and in each half the cliches mount like a souffle.
A family movie like Disney used to make, with all the faults and bonuses that implies.
Daily Mirror [UK]
This year's biggest, dumbest blockbuster. Like a hamburger dripping in grease, there's no nutritional value, but it goes down easily.
Sacramento News & Review
Richard Matheson's classic science fiction short story ... is bastardized into a rehash of the old Wallace Beery weeper The Champ ...
Giant Robots Punching Each Other: The Movie, starring Hugh Jackman.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo manage to pull off the father-son redemption story amid all the visual effects. And, oh yeah, the robots look awesome.
It is safe to say there will not be a dry eye in the house. The technology may change but the emotional tug of an all-American tearjerker is eternal.