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Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 147,931


Movie Info

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 … More

PG (for some action and peril, and brief mild language)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Bowers , Timothy Harris
In Theaters:
Mar 16, 2010
Box Office:
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (67) | DVD (4)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The animation bar has been raised, and not just by Pixar. Poor little Astro Boy hasn't a prayer of clearing it.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There's very little that the filmmakers haven't borrowed here, making Astro Boy feel as copied as its title character.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

He may be a reconstituted robot, but this little cyber-kid's got some real heart.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
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.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

A suitably fun and entertaining hero for a new generation.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

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

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010

Astro Boy grinds through its narrative gears predictably.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

Gah the ending -_-

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Quotes

Astro Boy:
I have machine guns in my butt?
– Submitted by Bobby K (24 months ago)
Mr. Moustachio:
Just like his father.
– Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
Astro Boy:
I was made ready.
– Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)

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