The Iron Giant Reviews

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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August 12, 2014

This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.

F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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August 12, 2014

The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination.

Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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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.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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August 4, 2013

Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.

Ted Anthony
Associated Press
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August 4, 2013

It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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August 31, 2008

A smart live-and-let-live parable, full of glancing, acute observations on all kinds of big subjects...that you can talk about with the kids for a long time to come.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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March 10, 2008

This is enjoyable in part because of its flavorsome period ambience and its lively and satiric characters.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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January 11, 2007

A cool, unique-looking animated feature (the Ike-era design elements make for great eye candy), director Brad Bird's tale of a small-town boy and his outer-space robot is hip and entertaining without pandering, or condescending, to the kiddie set.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

As entertaining as it's intelligent.

Doug Saunders
Globe and Mail
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March 22, 2002

One of those rare films that will hold the attention of children in the 6 to 12 age range without insulting the intelligence of the adults who accompany them.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant is a solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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January 1, 2000

The animation is superb, the computer-animated monster cuts an awesome figure, and Hogarth is as amiable a hero as Huck Finn.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

Elements nowhere to be found are a few cutesy sidekicks and some showstopping song - and - dance numbers -- the most refreshing thing about The Iron Giant is that you won't miss them one whit!

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

Directed by Brad Bird, The Iron Giant is a smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

The reason for The Iron Giant's success isn't hard to discern -- it has to do with the writing. The script is crisp, smartly-paced, intelligent, and emotionally satisfying. It recalls the strengths of E.T. without the weaknesses.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rod Dreher
New York Post
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January 1, 2000

The writing is vivid and bright, the voicing accomplished, and the storytelling emotionally satisfying.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant is funny, warm, muscular and full of nuances that you can take home with you and talk about.

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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January 1, 2000

The animation isn't as fancy as in, say, Disney's Tarzan, but the storytelling is more satisfying.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant remembers the wonder of being a child and understands how to convey that in a media-savvy age.

Nicole Arthur
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

The movie -- as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is -- has the annoyance of incredible smugness. It is, one could say, blinded by the hindsight.

Sean Means
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant marks a breakthrough in that neverland between computer and cel animation -- seamlessly blending a computer-generated character with the warmth of hand-drawn co-stars.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant shines!

David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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January 1, 2000

Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind!

Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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January 1, 2000

This is a film the whole family can enjoy - and talk about afterward.

Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

The metal-machine sci-fi cartoon delivers robot action, retro nostalgia and stony metaphysics.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Heart and tenderness are rare in cartoon movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lael Loewenstein
Variety
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January 1, 2000

A visually appealing, well-crafted film, The Iron Giant is an unalloyed success that works on several levels!

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, The Iron Giant towers over the cartoon landscape.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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January 1, 2000

Hipper than a typical Disney cartoon and also somewhat less ambitious, The Iron Giant is basically an extremely well-done big-screen version of the sort of action-adventure cartoons that now abound on children's TV.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, and you have some of the appeal of The Iron Giant, an enchanting animated feature about a boy who makes friends with a robot from outer space.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
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January 1, 2000

It's very serious without ever being overwrought, and it's visually lush.

Susan Stark
Detroit News
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January 1, 2000

With its austere look and the absence of music, The Iron Giant is something new, arresting and quite wondrous in the way of animated movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

A lovely and touching daydream.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
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January 1, 2000

The Iron Giant is filled with imaginative characters, sharply mounted and sweet without being cloying.

Henry Cabot Beck
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Beautifully animated!

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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January 1, 2000

Animated films excel in conjuring up colorful fantasy worlds, but few evoke an actual time and place as vividly -- and playfully -- as The Iron Giant does.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

Attention, parental units: We are happy to report there is intelligent life in feature animation beyond planet Disney.

| Original Score: 3/4