The Iron Giant Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 12, 2014
While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 12, 2014
This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 12, 2014
This is sharp, sophisticated stuff, appreciated on different levels by both parents and children, and even those who are neither. The film has impish humor, great adventure and more than a few thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 12, 2014
Wisely, Bird and company eschew the standard Disney formula of catchy show tunes and cuddly animal sidekicks and lead Warner Bros. toward an animation style the studio can call its own.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 12, 2014
A magical evocation of a special time in history and a time in everybody's life when the dream and the nightmare quotients are equally high.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2014
The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination.
M.V. Moorhead
New Times
August 12, 2014
The film isn't as blisteringly satirical as The Simpsons; it's warmer. And while its nostalgia isn't simplistic, it is affectionate.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 4, 2013
The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
August 4, 2013
Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.

Total Film
August 4, 2013
Disney is getting fierce competition in the animated feature department these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 4, 2013
A well-told and beautifully drawn tale of friendship and fortitude.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
August 4, 2013
The Iron Giant has a great heart, and I loved its evocation of the days when good old Superman, as uncomplicated a superhero as ever existed, was the height of cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
This wonderful Warner Bros version of Ted Hughes's The Iron Man is a first-class achievement in cartoon virtuosity that liberally borrows images from 1950s comic-book art and science-fiction movies to stunning effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norene Cashen
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 4, 2013
The movie wears its social responsibility with pride, even if it doesn't always know how to put together a coherent public service announcement.
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Ted Anthony
Associated Press
August 4, 2013
It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 4, 2013
Lest all of this sound gravely symbolic, be assured that the film is, before anything else, deliciously funny and deeply affecting. And beautiful, oh so beautiful, as a work of coherent art.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 4, 2013
It's worth repeating the old complaint that animation isn't treated seriously enough, if only to point out what a shame it would be for The Iron Giant, one of the year's best films, to go overlooked.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 5, 2011
a cool, charming uniquely American fable done in accessible yet intelligent mode, which makes it suitable for all members of the family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2010
The Iron Giant isn't a Cold War allegory so much as an Americana fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Great animation, and a great title character will appeal to the kids, while the sharp wit, whacky antics, and kid-friendly messages will appeal to the adults.
| Original Score: 4/4
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