'Real Steel' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   16 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   218 reviews
  • Laurence Boyce 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
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Denerstein Movie Habit
    The robots are fun, but the script never gets beyond cliches
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Gibson 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Bennett Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
    67
    Silly, corny and featuring nearly every boxing cliche... But fighting robots? Dads and their young sons will have a blast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Screen International
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    40
    Battling to be heard above the metal-on-metal clangour is a heartwarming (read: terribly soppy) story of a broken family.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Martin Roberts Fan The Fire
    40
    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
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christian Toto What Would Toto Watch?
    63
    Hugh Jackman refuses to let audiences leave Real Steel without being entertained, no matter how silly matters get.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Schembri The Age (Australia)
    70
    Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    40
    Better than Transformers. I fear that if I lower the bar any further, I shall pinch my toes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Giles-Keddie Real.com
    80
    Real Steel is simply made for IMAX viewing, especially with the metal-verses-metal clashes in the ring.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    There's a certain poverty of imagination at work.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alex Zane Sun Online
    80
    This isn't just a great boxing movie, it's a great movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    75
    a big, seemingly clunky contraption that works against all odds
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    40
    This is 50 per cent violence and 50 per cent gross sentimentality - and in each half the cliches mount like a souffle.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave Golder SFX Magazine
    60
    A family movie like Disney used to make, with all the faults and bonuses that implies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    60
    This year's biggest, dumbest blockbuster. Like a hamburger dripping in grease, there's no nutritional value, but it goes down easily.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    20
    Richard Matheson's classic science fiction short story ... is bastardized into a rehash of the old Wallace Beery weeper The Champ ...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph
    40
    Giant Robots Punching Each Other: The Movie, starring Hugh Jackman.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Clint O'Connor Cleveland Plain Dealer
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago