Steamboy Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 28, 2005
Masculine brooding [fuels] Steamboy, with its monolithic, steam-spewing tower, powered by balls, constantly rumbling out of control.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
March 27, 2005
Though it falls short of the crossover standard set by Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the attempt is far too accomplished and inventive to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 25, 2005
Steamboy, ultimately, shares deep-seated themes with the futuristic Akira. Both offer cautionary tales about scientific responsibility and the evils of war. And both look pretty cool, too.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
March 25, 2005
Character development and story line, unfortunately, evaporated during the decade of this film's production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
J.J. Marley
Orlando Weekly
March 24, 2005
You'll see things in this film you have never seen anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
March 24, 2005
With its stunning visuals, exciting set pieces and larger-than-life characters, Steamboy often succeeds as a ripping good yarn -- but only in fits and starts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 24, 2005
The result is a welcome and exhilarating steam-powered flight of fancy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 24, 2005
When the "steam castle" morphs into a Spielbergian mother ship, I knew that Otomo's overheated fantasy had, yes, run out of steam.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 24, 2005
Steamboy is breathtakingly detailed and ambitious beyond anything I have ever seen in the realm of animation. But the chase goes on much too long, and Ray and Scarlett are never still long enough to develop any inner resonance or romantic rapport.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 24, 2005
Despite its wild dreams, it becomes just another rusty piece of animated machinery, going through the motions somewhat mechanically.
| Original Score: C
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 23, 2005
Storytelling and philosophy don't measure up, leaving only audio and visuals to entertain
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 23, 2005
It's nifty to behold, but about the only drama in Steamboy lies in waiting for this colossal hovering machine-monster to blow a gasket.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
March 22, 2005
In spite of...obvious and unfortunate flaws, if you're going to see Steamboy do so on the big screen so as to be reminded of the marvels of hand-drawn animation
| Original Score: 3/5
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com
March 21, 2005
By being less talky, Steamboy could've achieved a surreal, dreamlike narrative flow instead of a lurching, unsteady one.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 21, 2005
Like cinematic Pop Rocks: it's eye candy filled with explosion after explosion after explosion.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 20, 2005
As ever, Otomo's attention to the most minute details of setting and character are beyond reproach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 18, 2005
Visually, the movie is a gearhead's fever dream, a mesmerizing fantasy rooted in the industrial revolution, combining traditional animation and computer effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 18, 2005
This refreshing and enjoyable alternate history anime film packs quite a lot of action and adventure in one film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 18, 2005
The sci-fi wonders ... are truly marvelous and go a long way toward making up for the film's erratic pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 18, 2005
Feels as needlessly over-engineered as the movie's own city-demolishing retro-futuristic hardware.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/5
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