Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)



Critic 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.

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 flight, the wide-eyed android longs to find his true place in the world. He sets out on an epic journey that brings him face to face with an underworld army of robots and some of the strangest creatures ever to walk the Earth, and along the way learns to experience human feelings and emotions. Astro Boy's remarkable mission of discovery is suddenly cut short, however, when he learns that his friends and family back in Metro City are in grave danger. As Astro Boy prepares to face off against his greatest adversary in order to save everything he cares most about, he realizes that only through victory will he finally discover what it takes to be a hero. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some action and peril, and brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Bowers, Timothy Harris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
Box Office: $19.5M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Freddie Highmore
as Astro/Toby
Nicolas Cage
as Dr. Tenma
Bill Nighy
as Dr. Elefun/Robotsky
Donald Sutherland
as President Stone
Charlize Theron
as "Our Friends" Narrat...
Ryan Stiles
as Mr. Moustachio/Burni...
David Alan Grier
as Mr. Squirt/Math Cowb...
Alan Tudyk
as Mr. Squeegee/Scraphe...
Newell Alexander
as General Heckler
Bob Logan
as Stinger One
David Bowers
as Mike the Fridge
Sofia Bowers
as The Little Stinker
Nicole Fletcher
as "Oh No!" Kid
Maryann Garger
as Dr. Pigknuckle/Newsc...
Tiffany Hillkurtz
as Bride to Be
David Feiss
as Cowboy Robot
Nicholas Guest
as French Waiter Robot
Steve Alterman
as Press Secretary
Rif Hutton
as Metro City Sergeant
Madeleine Russell
as Metro City Girl
Pilar M. Flynn
as Cora's Mom
Tony Matthews
as Cora's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (30)

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

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

Audience Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

Gah the ending -_-

Dead Angel

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

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