The Iron Giant

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The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

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In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.

Cast

Eli Marienthal
as Hogarth Hughes
Vin Diesel
as The Iron Giant
Jennifer Aniston
as Annie Hughes
Harry Connick Jr.
as Dean McCoppin
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. Lynley
James Gammon
as Foreman Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeau
John Mahoney
as General Rogard
M. Emmet Walsh
as Earl Stutz
Mary Kay Bergman
as Additional Voices (voice)
Frank Thomas
as Train Engineer #2
Ollie Johnston
as Additional Voices (voice)
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Giant

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (6)

  • Tender, moving and exciting for kids (and their secretly tearful parents).

    February 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Watching this again 17 years after its original release, I savoured again the resemblances to Spielberg, Wilde and Brian Forbes's Whistle Down the Wind.

    February 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity.

    August 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.

    August 12, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year.

    August 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.

    August 4, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Iron Giant

  • Jun 28, 2016
    Thoughtful, heartfelt and not to mention its wonderful animation. The Iron Giant is a rare animated picture that blends mystery, drama and overall family-fun. The unexpected joy and praise makes this film a timeless achievement for both its director and its voice counterparts. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2016
    "The Iron Giant" is an amazing family film of the 1990's. Set in the 1950's "The Iron Giant" tells the story of a boy who meets a 50-foot metallic robot. "The Iron Giant" has stunning visuals, a heartwarming story and has a lot of humour. Unfortunately the film suffers from a slow story and character issues. I highly recommend "The Iron Giant" to people of all ages. I give "The Iron Giant" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Before The Incredibles, we had this movie. Was it a great movie? Yes. Was it emotional? Eh... maybe. Was it a good movie for Vin Diesel? Definitely.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2014
    Brilliant animated feature, The Iron Giant is an entertaining ride from start to finish, and a real treat for the eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and it boasts some great animation, effective direction that keeps you entertained with its story, which is pretty simple, and in doing that, we have something quite charming, funny, entertaining and of course memorable. This is a fine piece of animation, a film that really is well done in the way they delivered its ideas, and it is an enthralling, wonderful movie that I recommend to any viewer that enjoys a solid animated feature. The Iron Giant boasts a great cast of varied voice talent, and they brilliantly bring these characters to life. The film isn't your typical animated features such as the computer animated ventures of Pixar, and this one venture more in the cartoon department, but it does it very well that it can appeal to any age group. The film is tailored to anyone that enjoys a fun, entertaining picture that is beautiful to look at and is engaging from start to finish. This is a great movie, one that should be enjoyed by anyone that loves a solid animated feature. The Iron Giant is terrific for what it does, and with its simple ideas, we have a film that accomplishes much more than what we would get than your usual film that overdoes everything in order to grab the viewer's attention. Sometimes all you need is a simple idea, great direction, a well crafted story to make a very good film, and with The Iron Giant, we have such a film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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