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Steamboy Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2005
A profoundly silly exercise in adolescent excess.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2005
The end credits play over a series of still drawings of Ray and the steamball's further adventures and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them looks more interesting than the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2005
There may be possibilities here, but they're lost in the extraordinary boredom of a long third act devoted almost entirely to loud, pointless and repetitive action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2005
By the 100th beautifully crafted plume of smoke and explosion of twisted metal, this gorgeous film has lost more than a little steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 16, 2005
Flashy visuals can't overcome dull story and characters.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Uri Lessing
June 28, 2005
...techno-fetishism at it's worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 17, 2005
Jules Verne would appreciate all the flourishes of... Industrial Revolution gingerbread... But no amount of cool visuals can make up for the thin plot and weak characters.
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 18, 2005
The visionary backgrounds are far more interesting than the story or the characters.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 18, 2005
This is just too little invention, too much hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 18, 2005
Feels as needlessly over-engineered as the movie's own city-demolishing retro-futuristic hardware.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 24, 2005
Despite its wild dreams, it becomes just another rusty piece of animated machinery, going through the motions somewhat mechanically.
Read More | Original Score: C
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 15, 2005
Despite its investment (it is the most expensive animé ever produced) and tried production (which began in 1995), Steamboy is an uncommonly disappointing effort.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 15, 2005
The good news: Unlike Akira, I could actually tell what was going on most of the time. The bad news: After a while I just didn't care.
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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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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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