Reviews

Jun 18, 2018
The Iron Giant captures and crystallizes its source material's anxious, humane spirit. It might be the most empathetic and exhilarating mainstream American animated feature ever made.
Feb 11, 2016
Tender, moving and exciting for kids (and their secretly tearful parents).
Feb 11, 2016
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.
Aug 12, 2014
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.
Aug 12, 2014
This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
Aug 4, 2013
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.
Aug 4, 2013
Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.
Aug 4, 2013
It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well.
Aug 4, 2013
Lest all of this sound gravely symbolic, be assured that the film is, before anything else, deliciously funny and deeply affecting. And beautiful, oh so beautiful, as a work of coherent art.
Aug 4, 2013
It's worth repeating the old complaint that animation isn't treated seriously enough, if only to point out what a shame it would be for The Iron Giant, one of the year's best films, to go overlooked.
Dec 20, 2010
The Iron Giant isn't a Cold War allegory so much as an Americana fairy tale.
Aug 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.
Mar 10, 2008
This is enjoyable in part because of its flavorsome period ambience and its lively and satiric characters.
Jan 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.
Jun 24, 2006
As entertaining as it's intelligent.
Jul 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.
Dec 2, 2002
Not only is The Iron Giant one of the more emotionally satisfying films of the year, but it also affords a cheering opportunity for all those who'd like someone other than Disney to have a cartoon hit.
Mar 22, 2002
One of those rare films that will hold the attention of children in the 6 to 12 age range without insulting the intelligence of the adults who accompany them.
Jan 1, 2000
This is a film the whole family can enjoy - and talk about afterward.
Jan 1, 2000
The big attraction is the iron giant itself. At one stage, it transforms into a scary alien being with War Of The Worlds heat-rays and impressive zapping capability, but it is mostly a lovably old-fashioned, clanking 'bot.