Steamboy Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Animated film is too violent for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Works more than it fails.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
The film's extended debates on the ethics of science, government and personal responsibility would recommend it to critics of a medium that too often panders to audiences.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 19, 2005
It's a sensationally designed piece of work.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 13, 2005
While Steamboy lacks the emotional resonance and psychological complexity of Akira, it is state-of-the-art anime made by one of the masters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2005
When massive bursts of steam are frozen into giant flowers of jagged ice, Otomo gives us a literal Cold War, to remind us of the folly of the arms race.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 1, 2005
Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 31, 2005
The talky debate over scientific morality is simplistic to say the least, but there is a sneaky undercurrent of social satire and a retro glory to the animation...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
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
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 24, 2005
The result is a welcome and exhilarating steam-powered flight of fancy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Saul Symonds
TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
January 26, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 6, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005

Boston Phoenix
April 2, 2005
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