Real Steel Reviews

  • Demonstrates the way CGI-
driven bot cinema can fruitfully coexist with father-and-son bonding cinema to create charming entertainment - part warm hugs and part cold clang.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • All things considered, it is a well-wrought piece of entertainment, confidently paced, although its necessary subplots are little more than dutiful filler sandwiched between fight sequences.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Though the premise of fighting robots does seem a plausible and intriguing extension of the contemporary WWE world, Real Steel is hampered by leaden, cliched moments in which a stubborn boy teaches his childish father a valuable lesson.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A slightly soggy tale of father-son bonding, crossed with an action-adventure flick about high-tech battle-bots.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The movie uses every trick it can to pull this off, which means using us. But to paraphrase Bill Withers, I want to spread the news that if it feels this good getting used, then keep on using me until you use me up.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Atom is complimented by a ringside announcer for displaying a fighting style that's "almost human." This is about the highest praise the mechanistic, spare-parts melodrama of Real Steel deserves.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Feels as if it were made inside the mind of a kid obsessed with robots.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Aas the plot proceeds from boy-meets-dad verbal sparring to an uneasy peace to the underdog-vs.- champion title bout, it becomes increasingly easy to forgive its many nicks.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Real Steel is a well-made, well-managed family fighting fantasy that combines high tech and low aspirations to go the distance in fairly lightweight fashion.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • "Real Steel" is a real movie. It has characters, it matters who they are, it makes sense of its action, it has a compelling plot. This is the sort of movie, I suspect, young viewers went to the "Transformers" movies looking for.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I suspect a lot of what I found synthetic and sort of galling in "Real Steel" will work just fine with the target audience.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Yes, it's unapologetically sentimental (and sometimes unapologetically cheesy), but Shawn Levy's film has an irresistible force.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's 10 percent lovable underdog hokum, 23 percent sentimental family drama and 67 percent rivet-popping punch-ups.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Real Steel is a blast, an unabashed crowd-pleaser that mixes Rocky, Transformers, video games and father-son bonding to great, if corny, effect.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The movie really comes to life during the marvelous boxing sequences, which are often drop-dead exciting.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • This is real movie making that packs a solid entertainment punch, proving it doesn't matter what the genre is if genuinely talented and dedicated people are pulling the strings instead of hacks.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Though set in a future where boxing has gotten so intense only high-tech robots have what it takes to compete, Real Steel still trusts a good, old-fashioned father-son drama to deliver the thrills.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • It's so virtual, so distant from the thrill, that you wonder what the point is. Do you really want to pay to watch an actor playing a kid who in turn plays what amounts to a video game?

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A toy tie-in, an overlong movie that takes on some of the grimy veneer and colorful characters of a "boxing picture," sanitizing it for children.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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