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Real Steel Reviews

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James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 29, 2016
Even when you think you know the outcome, this film still has you on the edge of your seat. It's another underdog story, only this underdog is a has-been robot piloted by a has-been fighter and his cast-off son.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
All this swiping from Stallone, and they couldn't find room for a cameo by Paulie's birthday robot?
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This movie about robot boxing needs more robot boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Real Steel envisions a future where boxing has evolved into giant fighting robots. Great special effects and cool fight choreography makes this a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
Good thing we all love Hugh Jackman so much
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Real Steel offers plenty of fun and engaging moments -- of both the human character drama and giant CGI robot battle variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012
"Real Steel" just never gives us a reason to care, and for two hours that can be quite detrimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 2, 2012
...the film benefits substantially from the inclusion of several unexpectedly engrossing robot-on-robot fight sequences...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
April 22, 2012
Wow, they actually made Rock Em Sock Em Robots - The Movie! Even more surprising is how amazing this movie is. Filled to the brim with heart, soul, grit, and fun. One of the best movies of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
March 10, 2012
Real Steel plays like a glossy commercial lasting over 90 minutes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2012
The visual effects are a slick combination of real robots and CGI, and -- especially on the new Blu-Ray release -- the result is gloriously seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
By no means is Real Steel an original film, at least in terms of its base story, but that doesn't mean it's not an effective, tear-jerking kids movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 16, 2012
Clash time between the machines is nigh overwhelming in this never-before-seen context, and that's the payoff here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
Never in a million years did I think that I would enjoy a boxing robot movie from the director of Night at the Museum.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
'Real Steel' about an estranged son and his father, a man who's been beaten down by repeated failures, a needy boy who finds something he can believe in, and, of course, it's a sports movie, too, because it's sort of a metallic 'Rocky.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Time to Play Magazine
December 7, 2011
This much is clear as soon as they meet: father and son have matching attitudes, both resentful of their sudden connection and very tough on the outside even as they're really vulnerable.
Laurence Boyce
The Sabotage Times
November 19, 2011
A film that feels as if it's been written by a five-year-old who's been allowed to create it as some sort of bizarre birthday present this is undemanding all the way
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 14, 2011
The robots are fun, but the script never gets beyond cliches
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
Characters' smug, this-is-so-cool!ness and jingoistic, heartland subtext tries to knock us into submission. The hero's one of those animatronic adults in kid's clothing.
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