Real Steel 2011

Real Steel

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

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Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a prizefighter but lost his chance to win a title when heavy, towering robots took over the boxing ring. Now working as a small-time promoter, Charlie pieces together scrap metal into low-end fighters, barely earning enough to make it from one underground venue to the next. After hitting rock bottom, Charlie reluctantly teams with his estranged son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to build and train a championship robot for a last shot at redemption.

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Critic Reviews for Real Steel

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (64) | Fresh (140) | Rotten (93)

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Real Steel plays like a glossy commercial lasting over 90 minutes.

    March 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The whole thing is both entirely too routine as well as instantly forgettable, a tandem not exactly high on my list of cinematic virtues to extol.

    January 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | 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…

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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