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The Iron Giant Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 5, 2011
a cool, charming uniquely American fable done in accessible yet intelligent mode, which makes it suitable for all members of the family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2010
The Iron Giant isn't a Cold War allegory so much as an Americana fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Great animation, and a great title character will appeal to the kids, while the sharp wit, whacky antics, and kid-friendly messages will appeal to the adults.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 31, 2008
A smart live-and-let-live parable, full of glancing, acute observations on all kinds of big subjects...that you can talk about with the kids for a long time to come.

March 10, 2008
Gentle, poignant and affecting animation that succeeds through understatement and showcases some highly impressive visual sequences.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2008
This is enjoyable in part because of its flavorsome period ambience and its lively and satiric characters.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 11, 2007
A cool, unique-looking animated feature (the Ike-era design elements make for great eye candy), director Brad Bird's tale of a small-town boy and his outer-space robot is hip and entertaining without pandering, or condescending, to the kiddie set.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As entertaining as it's intelligent.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2006
Un film qui présenta Brad Bird comme l'un des cinéastes de films d'animation pour enfants les plus talentueux et prometteurs des dernières années.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Truly for kids of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2005
Has never failed to bring a tear to my secretly-patriotic eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
It's the most solidly built, funny, and entertaining movie for kids of all ages that I've seen in a decade.
| Original Score: A+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 19, 2004
This touching parable derives much of its strength from a striking visual design and a welcome pacifist stance that sticks it to NRA nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 20, 2004
Combinando elementos de E.T., King Kong e das ficções B dos anos 50, este filme ganha vida própria graças ao charme de sua animação e à sensibilidade da trama.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 6, 2004
For parents tired of taking their kids to slick, superficial animated features, Warner Bros. has got a giant of a cartoon for you.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 18, 2003
Eschewing song-and-dance numbers and cute animal sidekicks, the film's appeal comes from its winsome characters, its resonant story, and its evocative depiction of New England in the days of Sputnik and “duck and cover” drills.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 15, 2003
a first-rate adventure, with plenty of humor and suspense...
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This is a handsome piece of engaging animation from a studio other than Disney. That in itself is worth a look. The kids will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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