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Real Steel Reviews

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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+
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
January 6, 2013
Good thing we all love Hugh Jackman so much
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
December 26, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
November 8, 2011
Silly, corny and featuring nearly every boxing cliché... But fighting robots? Dads and their young sons will have a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 19, 2011
Hugh Jackman refuses to let audiences leave Real Steel without being entertained, no matter how silly matters get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2011
Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 16, 2011
Real Steel is simply made for IMAX viewing, especially with the metal-verses-metal clashes in the ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2011
This is a ridiculous movie. And yet, I enjoyed the hell out it. Not just because Hugh Jackman is in it. In IMAX. Though that doesn't hurt.
October 14, 2011
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
a big, seemingly clunky contraption that works against all odds
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2011
Set in the year 2020 but scavenges its buffed and retooled spare parts not just from the Mattel aisle at Toys R Us but from a vast and ancient junkyard, overflowing with all the shameless crowd-pleasing hokum and staged public violence of eras past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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