Real Steel (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Real Steel (2011)



Critic Consensus: Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization.

Movie Info

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. -- (C) Dreamworksmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, intense action and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Levy, Richard Mathis, Jeremy Leven, Dan Gilroy, John Gatins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
Box Office: $85.5M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Hugh Jackman
as Charlie Kenton
Evangeline Lilly
as Bailey Tallet
Hope Davis
as Aunt Debra
Karl Yune
as Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda
as Farra Lemkova
John Gatins
as Kingpin
Sophie Levy
as Big Sister
Tess Levy
as Little Sister
Charlie Levy
as Littlest Sister
Gregory Sims
as Bill Panner
Torey Adkins
as Large Texan Man
Tom Carlson
as San Leandro Gentlema...
John Hawkinson
as San Leandro Gentlema...
David Alan Basche
as ESPN Boxing Commenta...
Phil LaMarr
as ESPN Boxing Commenta...
David Herbst
as Starblaze Arena Repo...
Julian Gant
as Starblaze Arena Repo...
Ken Alter
as Virgin America Spect...
Leilani Barrett
as Virgin America Spect...
Eric Gutman
as WRB Promoter
Nick Yu
as Twin Cities Corner T...
D.B. Dickerson
as Twin Cities Controll...
Peter Carey
as Bing Arena Announcer
Dan Lemieux
as Bing Arena Ref
Rich Goteri
as Older Gentleman
Tim Holmes
as Blacktop Controller
Ricky Wayne Robinson...
as Underground Promoter
Taris Tyler
as Robot Promoter
John Manfredi
as Sergei Lemkova
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Critic Reviews for Real Steel

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (41)

All this swiping from Stallone, and they couldn't find room for a cameo by Paulie's birthday robot?

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This movie about robot boxing needs more robot boxing.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Real Steel envisions a future where boxing has evolved into giant fighting robots. Great special effects and cool fight choreography makes this a must-see.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Good thing we all love Hugh Jackman so much

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Tribune News Service

Real Steel offers plenty of fun and engaging moments -- of both the human character drama and giant CGI robot battle variety.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

"Real Steel" just never gives us a reason to care, and for two hours that can be quite detrimental.

Full Review… | September 19, 2012

Audience Reviews for Real Steel

It's a Rocky-with-Robots underdog story that's vivid. Real Steel's emphatic concept, stunning visuals make up for the somewhat-cheesy-inspirational aspect. The film is enough to go the distance and have audiences invested. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I thought it would be a decent, cute, family film but it was one that actually had a decent plot and a spine. Thinking it would be quite predictable, there were levels to the story that kept me wanting to know the story of the main characters and was really rooting for their success. Reminiscent of a modern take on "Rocky", this one was a lot better than I had predicted.

Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer


Forgettable. Okay for kids.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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