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Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 67

While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 17

While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.



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A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being human while embarking on a worldwide journey to discover his true potential in this animated update of Osamu Tezuka's classic anime story. Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is a young robot from futuristic Metro City. Created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage), and powered by pure positive "blue" energy that gives him such abilities as x-ray vision, inhuman speed, and

Mar 16, 2010


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Like its supersonic, jets-in-his-feet hero, the movie itself feels totally robotic.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The animation bar has been raised, and not just by Pixar. Poor little Astro Boy hasn't a prayer of clearing it.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Bowers's play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn't allow 'Astro Boy' a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I just felt like this was a mistranslation -- almost trying to combine the slightly sinister, cold world of Japanese anime with the warm, sentimental, fuzzy, bouncy world of Hollywood kid animation.

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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David Bowers' retro-cool update on the titular icon looks so great, it may take a while to notice it's a clunky political parable wrapped in a tonally confused fairy tale.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (3)
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There's very little that the filmmakers haven't borrowed here, making Astro Boy feel as copied as its title character.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (3)
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He may be a reconstituted robot, but this little cyber-kid's got some real heart.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

A charming and entertaining animated science fiction adventure that doesn't club us over the head with sensory overload...

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There is quite a bit of solid craft at work in Astro Boy ... but it feels rushed, ill-prepared and derivative. And that's because it is rushed, ill-prepared and derivative.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

A suitably fun and entertaining hero for a new generation.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

He's a cross between Superman and Pinocchio, but carrying a whole movie on his back in the absence of serious graphic invention proves too big a task.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While Astro Boy might not exude the kind of originality we're used to seeing in Pixar films, it makes up for it with plenty of humor and charm.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

Astro Boy is a fun sci-fi adventure that will resonate with older fans and win younger viewers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

This charming, futuristic family flick has enough firepower to overcome an awkward premise and Nicolas Cage's general creepiness.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

You need good villains in a movie. And if they're named "Ham Egg" then all the better.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

This update of a classic animated character lands with a thud.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

By nudging the picture into primary colors, Astro Boy loses a shot at an intriguing personality. A little sustained darkness never hurt anyone.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

Astro Boy is one film unlikely to be given the sequels its good name previously deserved.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

It's all presented with a lack of real emotion and in a hail of noise and explosions.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Vean Astro Boy si se ven obligados por sus pequeños, seguro que ellos la disfrutarán y usted no sentirá que le robaron en la taquilla.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

What makes this peppy kids' film interesting is the human/robot apartheid system that has evolved in the futuristic world that Astro inhabits.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It is a bold and even poignant idea and the movie certainly zips along. It's not in the Wall-E league, but it's well made and inventive.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Astro Boy grinds through its narrative gears predictably.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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Audience Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

Gah the ending -_-
July 3, 2014
Dead Angel

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For everything I liked about Astro Boy there were three things I didn't. I hated the choice of voice casting and the story was pretty horrible when you break it down, it's like Pinocchio but without the charm (and with Child death which never goes down well in cartoons). The animation was very nice though and you could still see its Manga roots - albeit only just. Not good enough to warrant a sequel though, not by a long shot.
January 8, 2013

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Like TMNT, Astro Boy lacks originality and falls short of it's source material. So fans of the anime may be dissapointed but for the rest of us it's actually great to look at. It's not a great movie. But its a fun watch. It's a good kid's movie.
January 7, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Astro Boy is a suitable first-entry into the SciFi genre, with all the charm, thrills and fun that its demographic needs in a classic premise of political morality straight from its source material.

However, somewhere along the line when it was thrown through the "Hollywood/Pixar/Dreamworks" blender it comes out the other side as a bit of an emotional derivative for the older audiences.

If anything? It could have (and should have) been hell of a lot darker. I guess the folks at marketing just couldn't bring themselves to making this cute little guy as mature and sophisticated as he was meant to be.

Still, for what it is it's entertaining and more than watchable.
June 21, 2011
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    1. Astro Boy: I have machine guns in my butt?
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    1. Mr. Moustachio: Just like his father.
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    1. Astro Boy: I was made ready.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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