A profoundly silly exercise in adolescent excess.
| Original Score: 3/5
The end credits play over a series of still drawings of Ray and the steamball's further adventures and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them looks more interesting than the movie.
| Original Score: 6/10
There may be possibilities here, but they're lost in the extraordinary boredom of a long third act devoted almost entirely to loud, pointless and repetitive action.
| Original Score: 2/4
By the 100th beautifully crafted plume of smoke and explosion of twisted metal, this gorgeous film has lost more than a little steam.
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
Flashy visuals can't overcome dull story and characters.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: 2/5
No matter how big and impressive, all of this pales in comparison to the human soul, which this film simply does not have.
...techno-fetishism at it's worst.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jules Verne would appreciate all the flourishes of... Industrial Revolution gingerbread... But no amount of cool visuals can make up for the thin plot and weak characters.
In the movies, action doesn't necessarily equal a reaction.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The visionary backgrounds are far more interesting than the story or the characters.
| Original Score: C+
This is just too little invention, too much hot air.
Feels as needlessly over-engineered as the movie's own city-demolishing retro-futuristic hardware.
| Original Score: 2.4/5
Despite its wild dreams, it becomes just another rusty piece of animated machinery, going through the motions somewhat mechanically.
| Original Score: C
Despite its investment (it is the most expensive animé ever produced) and tried production (which began in 1995), Steamboy is an uncommonly disappointing effort.
The good news: Unlike Akira, I could actually tell what was going on most of the time. The bad news: After a while I just didn't care.
Exhausting ... While [Otomo's] return from the wilderness is certainly cause for celebration, it's hard not to wish that he had spent a little more time tightening things up.
It may be one of the most expensive anime features ever, but there isn't a wealth of entertainment on offer in Steamboy.