This movie about robot boxing needs more robot boxing.
| Original Score: C+
"Real Steel" just never gives us a reason to care, and for two hours that can be quite detrimental.
| Original Score: 2/4
I was left with an uncomfortable feeling that Real Steel is stranded somewhere between a children's film and a violent action film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Imagine what you'd get if you squished "Rocky" and "WALL-E" together in a giant industrial press: a gooey, drippy mess, leaking lubricant and metal shards all over the factory floor.
Even in its fist-pumping finale Disney's economic parable remains pessimistic: America wins the popularity contest, but the Asians win the purse.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It would appear that there was more consideration given to keeping the Dr. Pepper cans in frame than was given to plot, character or meaning.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.
Adding giant robots to your typical sentimental underdog sports story doesn't make the sappiness any more palatable, just way more expensive to produce.
The script doesn't do enough with the father-son element to keep us involved, and the CGI robot fights aren't sufficiently exciting to make us care about the rest
At the time of writing, this is definitely a real film and not a satirical story on the Onion News Network.
A toy tie-in, an overlong movie that takes on some of the grimy veneer and colorful characters of a "boxing picture," sanitizing it for children.
Strong production values and another charismatic performance by triple-threat talent Hugh Jackman help keep this heavy-metal offspring of Rocky and Transformers out of the cinematic junk heap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I didn't care which robot won the fight. And I didn't care about the people either.
I suspect a lot of what I found synthetic and sort of galling in "Real Steel" will work just fine with the target audience.
A film that feels as if it's been written by a five-year-old who's been allowed to create it as some sort of bizarre birthday present this is undemanding all the way
Little more than a loud and glossy collection of faintly rusty pieces-parts salvaged from movies that came before it.
The fighting 'bots deliver an exuberance of spirit that beats down the leaden human drama. And given all the borrowed storylines, shouldn't it be called Real, um, Steal?
| Original Score: 4/10
A well made but instantly forgettable robot-boxing movie that dishes out clichés blow-by-blow for its 12-year-old-boy target audience.
Giant Robots Punching Each Other: The Movie, starring Hugh Jackman.
Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes.