December 14, 2017
The rendering of the characters and backgrounds is so rich and precise, that at times, it skirts into the third dimension.
February 22, 2007
The film's extended debates on the ethics of science, government and personal responsibility would recommend it to critics of a medium that too often panders to audiences.
April 1, 2006
March 7, 2006
Visually impressive, but I thought it was never going to end.
December 6, 2005
It may be one of the most expensive anime features ever, but there isn't a wealth of entertainment on offer in Steamboy.
July 29, 2005
In the movies, action doesn't necessarily equal a reaction.
May 20, 2005
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
May 20, 2005
Its problem is not a lack of things to look at. There's plenty of them, and they're all cool. It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.
May 13, 2005
While Steamboy lacks the emotional resonance and psychological complexity of Akira, it is state-of-the-art anime made by one of the masters.
May 4, 2005
When massive bursts of steam are frozen into giant flowers of jagged ice, Otomo gives us a literal Cold War, to remind us of the folly of the arms race.
April 17, 2005
I'm all for anime getting wider release here domestically, but not if it's top heavy with the Explodo and half-baked philosophy.
April 8, 2005
...for a fun drinking game, take a sip every time steam loudly hisses out of something