Steamboy Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 19, 2005
It's a sensationally designed piece of work.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
Its problem is not a lack of things to look at. There's plenty of them, and they're all cool. It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
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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
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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
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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
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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-
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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.
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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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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2005
A fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 18, 2005
The 'wow' factor in Steamboy's visual energy is powerful enough to enthrall everybody's inner 12-year-old.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2005
A profoundly silly exercise in adolescent excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 18, 2005
Loaded with eye candy, though it lacks the sophisticated storytelling and character development of Japanese director Katushiro Otomo's classic Akira.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 18, 2005
The weak story and bland hero are no match for the increasingly exciting visuals, while the score by Steve Jablonsky should be on exhibit in the Hall of Lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2005
Never really pops its rivets except in several thrilling action sequences, but the sharp imagery and inventive technology make it worthwhile for animation fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 18, 2005
Its action couldn't have been much more thrilling if done entirely by computer or shot in costly live-action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2005
It's a roller-coaster action film that thunders along with top-notch set pieces and studiously researched period settings.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 18, 2005
This is just too little invention, too much hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 18, 2005
The visionary backgrounds are far more interesting than the story or the characters.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 18, 2005
Sometimes a rousing action movie, and always a visual delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 18, 2005
Often immensely thrilling in the most elemental ways, even in a US-release cut that's 23 minutes shorter than the Japanese original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ned Martel
New York Times
March 17, 2005
In this mind-bending, elaborate anime, the industrial era is reimagined as a time of steam-powered aggression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2005
A feast for the eyes and a thrillingly brazen transposition of the high-tech on the old-fashioned, fueled by a dose of what-if historical fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2005
frustrating, challenging the imagination with pure spectacle but failing to supply a clear road map to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 17, 2005
The movie's true genius lies in the exquisite animation, a blend of hand-drawn and state-of- the-art digital technology that suggests an old world being bullied into a new one.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2005
With pipes groaning, gaskets warping, rivets failing. steam jetting and boilers overheating in every direction, it looks like a giant set of inverted bagpipes. One thing is for sure: If I were a plumber, Steamboy would be my favorite movie ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2005
Though visually stunning, suffered from some jarring edits, bizarre character reversals and general lack of narrative cohesiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 7, 2005
Younger viewers may start squirming with boredom during the heavier debates, but there's always another cool piston-powered machine on the way.