Real Steel (2011)

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

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for some violence, intense action and brief language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Hugh Jackman
as Charlie Kenton
Evangeline Lilly
as Bailey Tallet
Hope Davis
as Aunt Debra
James Rebhorn
as Marvin
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 (212) | Top Critics (42)

Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.

Full Review… | October 17, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

From the billboards you might think this is another Transformers movie-heaven help us-when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ.

October 14, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Satisfyingly sturdy and no-nonsense, a multiplex monster smartly constructed from tried-and-trusted parts.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, "Real Steel's" actually a winner by split decision.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie Real Steal.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Real Steel

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 Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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 Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

½

Forgettable. Okay for kids.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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