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Steamboy Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Animated film is too violent for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Works more than it fails.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 7, 2006
Visually impressive, but I thought it was never going to end.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matthew Leyland
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 19, 2005
It's a sensationally designed piece of work.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
July 29, 2005
In the movies, action doesn't necessarily equal a reaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Uri Lessing
June 28, 2005
...techno-fetishism at it's worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
| Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Widgett Walls
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 8, 2005
...for a fun drinking game, take a sip every time steam loudly hisses out of something
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 8, 2005
No matter how big and impressive, all of this pales in comparison to the human soul, which this film simply does not have.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 2, 2005
I would have preferred less moralizing and more character development.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 1, 2005
Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 31, 2005
A lot of chore for a tiny bit of reward.
| Original Score: 1/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 31, 2005
The talky debate over scientific morality is simplistic to say the least, but there is a sneaky undercurrent of social satire and a retro glory to the animation...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
March 31, 2005
Exhausting ... While [Otomo's] return from the wilderness is certainly cause for celebration, it's hard not to wish that he had spent a little more time tightening things up.
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