Real Steel

2011, Sci-fi/Drama, 2h 7m

234 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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

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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.

Cast & Crew

Hugh Jackman
Charlie Kenton
Evangeline Lilly
Bailey Tallet
James Rebhorn
Marvin Barnes
Karl Yune
Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda
Russian Robot Owner
John Gatins
Screenwriter
Jack Rapke
Executive Producer
Robert Zemeckis
Executive Producer
Steve Starkey
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Mary McLaglen
Executive Producer
Josh McLaglen
Executive Producer
Mauro Fiore
Cinematographer
Tom Meyer
Production Design
Marlene Stewart
Costume Designer
Danny Elfman
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Critic Reviews for Real Steel

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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