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Real Steel Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This movie about robot boxing needs more robot boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Grant McAvaney
September 30, 2011
I was left with an uncomfortable feeling that Real Steel is stranded somewhere between a children's film and a violent action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 6, 2011
Imagine what you'd get if you squished "Rocky" and "WALL-E" together in a giant industrial press: a gooey, drippy mess, leaking lubricant and metal shards all over the factory floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
March 10, 2012
Real Steel plays like a glossy commercial lasting over 90 minutes.
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 6, 2011
Even in its fist-pumping finale Disney's economic parable remains pessimistic: America wins the popularity contest, but the Asians win the purse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tom Clift
October 9, 2011
It would appear that there was more consideration given to keeping the Dr. Pepper cans in frame than was given to plot, character or meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 17, 2011
Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 6, 2011
Adding giant robots to your typical sentimental underdog sports story doesn't make the sappiness any more palatable, just way more expensive to produce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
October 21, 2011
The script doesn't do enough with the father-son element to keep us involved, and the CGI robot fights aren't sufficiently exciting to make us care about the rest
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 10, 2011
At the time of writing, this is definitely a real film and not a satirical story on the Onion News Network.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 5, 2011
A toy tie-in, an overlong movie that takes on some of the grimy veneer and colorful characters of a "boxing picture," sanitizing it for children.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
October 7, 2011
Strong production values and another charismatic performance by triple-threat talent Hugh Jackman help keep this heavy-metal offspring of Rocky and Transformers out of the cinematic junk heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
October 6, 2011
I didn't care which robot won the fight. And I didn't care about the people either.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 6, 2011
I suspect a lot of what I found synthetic and sort of galling in "Real Steel" will work just fine with the target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Mike Scott
October 7, 2011
Little more than a loud and glossy collection of faintly rusty pieces-parts salvaged from movies that came before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2011
The fighting 'bots deliver an exuberance of spirit that beats down the leaden human drama. And given all the borrowed storylines, shouldn't it be called Real, um, Steal?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Simon Weaving
October 6, 2011
A well made but instantly forgettable robot-boxing movie that dishes out clichés blow-by-blow for its 12-year-old-boy target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 13, 2011
Giant Robots Punching Each Other: The Movie, starring Hugh Jackman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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