'Real Steel' Critic Reviews

97%
MovieWeb:   16 reviews
60%
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 » 2 years ago
  • Robert Denerstein Movie Habit
    The robots are fun, but the script never gets beyond cliches
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Screen International
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    There's a certain poverty of imagination at work.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lori Hoffman Atlantic City Weekly
    75
    Real Steel has the underdog boxing feel of a robot Rocky paired with the story of a lovable lug who learns that being a dad is even better than winning a big fight.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Kermode Eye for Film
    70
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lewis Bazley Little White Lies
    60
    Big, dumb, but certainly fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christopher Tookey Daily Mail [UK]
    60
    There are no big surprises in this movie, other than the fact that it's done with conviction, skill and special effects that are all the more spectacular for being presented in a matter-of-fact way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago