Critics Consensus

The story isn't the greatest, but there's an abundance of sci-fi eye candy to compensate.



Total Count: 91


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User Ratings: 15,767
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Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira (1988), returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and scientists are arriving in Britain to hawk their products while capitalism rears its ugly head. A gadget-happy British lad named Ray (voice of Anna Paquin) receives a mysterious package from his grandfather Lloyd Steam (Patrick Stewart) -- a tiny ball that turns out to be an engine toting immense power. As it happens, several of these little balls run the O'Hara pavilion, a massive, mobile fortress. Ray later discovers that his dad and grandfather are located inside of the pavilion; his dad, Eddie, has become mesmerized by O'Hara and subject to their whims, while Lloyd suspects that O'Hara may want to use the balls for nefarious purposes, and tries to put a definitive end to those plans. Indeed, the O'Hara people soon take over the Great Exhibition and turn it into a veritable circus for weapons dealers. Meanwhile, Ray starts to develop feelings for a young girl named Scarlett O'Hara.

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  • Oct 08, 2015
    Steamboy is wonderfully animated, a highly imaginative production. While it is true that the feature is a bit thin on plot and characters, this is an action film and the action does not disappoint.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2010
    entertaining japanes animation set in victorian england as a young boy, sees wrong doings during his fathers inventions during the steam age, superb animation, and action packed, a well told story, going to great places, this was the english dubbed version, and some acents were rather off, but dident spoil one bit
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2009
    Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable none the less. A bit long in my opinion, but lots of cool concepts and visuals.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2008
    I was confused as to whether the lead character was a girl or a boy, overall it was meh.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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