Real Steel Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
Good thing we all love Hugh Jackman so much
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Real Steel offers plenty of fun and engaging moments -- of both the human character drama and giant CGI robot battle variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 2, 2012
...the film benefits substantially from the inclusion of several unexpectedly engrossing robot-on-robot fight sequences...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
April 22, 2012
Wow, they actually made Rock Em Sock Em Robots - The Movie! Even more surprising is how amazing this movie is. Filled to the brim with heart, soul, grit, and fun. One of the best movies of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2012
The visual effects are a slick combination of real robots and CGI, and -- especially on the new Blu-Ray release -- the result is gloriously seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
By no means is Real Steel an original film, at least in terms of its base story, but that doesn't mean it's not an effective, tear-jerking kids movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 16, 2012
Clash time between the machines is nigh overwhelming in this never-before-seen context, and that's the payoff here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 11, 2012
"Real Steel" has all the brainless fun of Rock'em Sock'em Robots and the heart and rousing fight sequences of "Rocky."
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
Never in a million years did I think that I would enjoy a boxing robot movie from the director of Night at the Museum.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
'Real Steel' about an estranged son and his father, a man who's been beaten down by repeated failures, a needy boy who finds something he can believe in, and, of course, it's a sports movie, too, because it's sort of a metallic 'Rocky.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
Silly, corny and featuring nearly every boxing cliché... But fighting robots? Dads and their young sons will have a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
October 19, 2011
Hugh Jackman refuses to let audiences leave Real Steel without being entertained, no matter how silly matters get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 16, 2011
Real Steel is simply made for IMAX viewing, especially with the metal-verses-metal clashes in the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 14, 2011
This is a ridiculous movie. And yet, I enjoyed the hell out it. Not just because Hugh Jackman is in it. In IMAX. Though that doesn't hurt.
Leonard Maltin
October 14, 2011
From the billboards you might think this is another Transformers movie-heaven help us-when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 14, 2011
a big, seemingly clunky contraption that works against all odds
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 14, 2011
Set in the year 2020 but scavenges its buffed and retooled spare parts not just from the Mattel aisle at Toys R Us but from a vast and ancient junkyard, overflowing with all the shameless crowd-pleasing hokum and staged public violence of eras past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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March 10, 2012

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