Real Steel

2011

Real Steel

Critics Consensus

Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization.

60%

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A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. -- (C) Dreamworks

Cast

Hugh Jackman
as Charlie Kenton
Evangeline Lilly
as Bailey Tallet
Hope Davis
as Aunt Debra
Karl Yune
as Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda
as Farra Lemkova
John Gatins
as Kingpin
Sophie Levy
as Big Sister
Tess Levy
as Little Sister
Charlie Levy
as Littlest Sister
Gregory Sims
as Bill Panner
Torey Adkins
as Large Texan Man
Tom Carlson
as San Leandro Gentleman #1
John Hawkinson
as San Leandro Gentleman #2
David Alan Basche
as ESPN Boxing Commentator
Phil LaMarr
as ESPN Boxing Commentator
David Herbst
as Starblaze Arena Reporter
Julian Gant
as Starblaze Arena Reporter
Ken Alter
as Virgin America Spectrum Ring Announcer
Leilani Barrett
as Virgin America Spectrum Ref
Eric Gutman
as WRB Promoter
Nick Yu
as Twin Cities Corner Tech
D.B. Dickerson
as Twin Cities Controller
Peter Carey
as Bing Arena Announcer
Dan Lemieux
as Bing Arena Ref
Rich Goteri
as Older Gentleman
Tim Holmes
as Blacktop Controller
Ricky Wayne Robinson Jr.
as Underground Promoter
Taris Tyler
as Robot Promoter
John Manfredi
as Sergei Lemkova
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Critic Reviews for Real Steel

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (92)

  • It's more of a throwback to Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick, a rags-to-middle-class-respectability tale about the humble joy of old-fashioned decency.

    November 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's as corny as Kansas, but the mix of old fashioned heart and new fangled animatronic cyber tech will make this picture a winner for fathers and sons.

    November 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • All things considered, it is a well-wrought piece of entertainment, confidently paced, although its necessary subplots are little more than dutiful filler sandwiched between fight sequences.

    November 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Battling to be heard above the metal-on-metal clangour is a heartwarming (read: terribly soppy) story of a broken family.

    October 21, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.

    October 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.

    October 17, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Real Steel

  • May 19, 2020
    I wonder if this was originally written to be a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots movie, but when they couldn't get the rights they just decided to make it anyway. In either case, it's not very good. Amazing that you could take a movie about anthropomorphic robots and manage to still make it into a cliche sports film.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2017
    A Hugh Jackman star vehicle, basically a Disney-fied Rocky done with robots. You'll see everything coming from a mile away, or at least you won't miss anything when you go to the fridge for Jello squares. The most interesting bit is how it's only implied that the robots might have an actual self awareness w/o ever actually going there.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2015
    It's a Rocky-with-Robots underdog story that's vivid. Real Steel's emphatic concept, stunning visuals make up for the somewhat-cheesy-inspirational aspect. The film is enough to go the distance and have audiences invested. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I thought it would be a decent, cute, family film but it was one that actually had a decent plot and a spine. Thinking it would be quite predictable, there were levels to the story that kept me wanting to know the story of the main characters and was really rooting for their success. Reminiscent of a modern take on "Rocky", this one was a lot better than I had predicted.
    Jon L Super Reviewer

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