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Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 6, 2010
Like its supersonic, jets-in-his-feet hero, the movie itself feels totally robotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2010
The animation bar has been raised, and not just by Pixar. Poor little Astro Boy hasn't a prayer of clearing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 5, 2010
Bowers's play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn't allow 'Astro Boy' a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
October 26, 2009
I just felt like this was a mistranslation -- almost trying to combine the slightly sinister, cold world of Japanese anime with the warm, sentimental, fuzzy, bouncy world of Hollywood kid animation.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 23, 2009
David Bowers' retro-cool update on the titular icon looks so great, it may take a while to notice it's a clunky political parable wrapped in a tonally confused fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2009
There's very little that the filmmakers haven't borrowed here, making Astro Boy feel as copied as its title character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
Awesome. Truly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2009
Astro Boy definitely sets himself up for a sequel, and the overall scenario is ripe to explore many current issues. But let's hope the creators trade in the well-used parts for some fresh material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 23, 2009
Astro Boy is a blast, a jolt of Japanese anime channeled through British slap-shtick that ends up yet another cool cartoon for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 23, 2009
Parents, don't nap while the kids watch.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2009
Osamu Tezuka's groundbreaking 60s anime series gets a stylish CGI update in this sci-fi animation.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 23, 2009
Like a lot of movies, Astro Boy has been designed to function on different levels and serve different audiences, but in this case these multiple meanings and points of address have created a confusion of tone.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 23, 2009
Tenma wisely powers the boy's heart with positive energy, something that spreads to the movie as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 23, 2009
While the film retains some of the DNA of the original TV series, it bears more similarity to such recent fare as Wall-E and Transformers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Billy Heller
New York Post
October 23, 2009
This computer-animated adaptation of the 1950s-created future boy from Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of Japanese manga, is actually a sweet and endearing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 23, 2009
The animation style is supple and assured. And if the audience includes any precocious kids like Toby, they'll be diverted by references to Isaac Asimov and Immanuel Kant.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
October 23, 2009
Lacklustre design and rudimentary storytelling sink Astro Boy below the level of the recent hits of Pixar and DreamWorks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 23, 2009
Tthis CG-animated adaptation of the Japanese comic classic feels derivative but moderately entertaining, particularly in some of the highflying visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
October 23, 2009
Strictly for small fry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 22, 2009
Any critic who complained about the lack of story in "Where the Wild Things Are" should be forced to watch the escapades and high jinks of "Astro Boy" on a loop until they realize that activity is not to be confused with actual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 22, 2009
I wish the film version of Astro Boy provided a stronger antidote to mediocrity....the script takes its sweet time establishing its rules and locale, then rolls in one too many subplots.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
October 22, 2009
It's harsh, but it's sweetened by Toby -- he's not a real boy, but he's a classic hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 22, 2009
Astro Boy alternately soars and sputters through a story line that's not quite sure who it's aimed at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 22, 2009
A muddled film full of one-dimensional characters and insultingly strident politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2009
Astro Boy is better than most of its recent competitors, such as Monsters vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2009
Cobbled together from trusty old parts, Astro Boy manages to stand on its own feet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 21, 2009
It's pretty forgettable.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 21, 2009
Astro Boy is a marvelously designed piece of cartoon kinetics, with the pleasing soft colors and rounded-metal tactility of an atomic-age daydream.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 21, 2009
In its best moments, the film exudes an almost Miyazakian love of flight, notably during the hero's maiden soar through the clouds.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
October 15, 2009
A well-oiled CG-animated superhero pic that makes up in competence and vitality what it lacks in originality.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2009
Derivative bits aside, the pint-sized Japanese icon takes flight in vibrant CG animation -- no 3D glasses required.