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Steamboy Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

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February 9, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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It's a sensationally designed piece of work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 19, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 20, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 20, 2005
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 1, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

March 25, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 24, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Despite its wild dreams, it becomes just another rusty piece of animated machinery, going through the motions somewhat mechanically.

| Original Score: C

March 24, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 23, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Like cinematic Pop Rocks: it's eye candy filled with explosion after explosion after explosion.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 21, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Feels as needlessly over-engineered as the movie's own city-demolishing retro-futuristic hardware.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.4/5

March 18, 2005
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Gene Seymour
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The 'wow' factor in Steamboy's visual energy is powerful enough to enthrall everybody's inner 12-year-old.

Full Review Source: Newsday

March 18, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A profoundly silly exercise in adolescent excess.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

March 18, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 18, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Its action couldn't have been much more thrilling if done entirely by computer or shot in costly live-action.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a roller-coaster action film that thunders along with top-notch set pieces and studiously researched period settings.

March 18, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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This is just too little invention, too much hot air.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The visionary backgrounds are far more interesting than the story or the characters.

| Original Score: C+

March 18, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Sometimes a rousing action movie, and always a visual delight.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Ned Martel
New York Times
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In this mind-bending, elaborate anime, the industrial era is reimagined as a time of steam-powered aggression.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

March 17, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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frustrating, challenging the imagination with pure spectacle but failing to supply a clear road map to follow.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 17, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 17, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 17, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Though visually stunning, suffered from some jarring edits, bizarre character reversals and general lack of narrative cohesiveness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2005
Leslie Felperin
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Younger viewers may start squirming with boredom during the heavier debates, but there's always another cool piston-powered machine on the way.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 7, 2005
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