Steamboy Reviews

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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.
August 19, 2005
It's a sensationally designed piece of work.
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.
April 1, 2005
Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.
March 25, 2005
Steamboy, ultimately, shares deep-seated themes with the futuristic Akira. Both offer cautionary tales about scientific responsibility and the evils of war. And both look pretty cool, too.
March 24, 2005
Steamboy is breathtakingly detailed and ambitious beyond anything I have ever seen in the realm of animation. But the chase goes on much too long, and Ray and Scarlett are never still long enough to develop any inner resonance or romantic rapport.
March 24, 2005
Despite its wild dreams, it becomes just another rusty piece of animated machinery, going through the motions somewhat mechanically.
March 23, 2005
It's nifty to behold, but about the only drama in Steamboy lies in waiting for this colossal hovering machine-monster to blow a gasket.
March 21, 2005
Like cinematic Pop Rocks: it's eye candy filled with explosion after explosion after explosion.
March 18, 2005
Feels as needlessly over-engineered as the movie's own city-demolishing retro-futuristic hardware.
March 18, 2005
A fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.
March 18, 2005
The 'wow' factor in Steamboy's visual energy is powerful enough to enthrall everybody's inner 12-year-old.
March 18, 2005
A profoundly silly exercise in adolescent excess.
March 18, 2005
Loaded with eye candy, though it lacks the sophisticated storytelling and character development of Japanese director Katushiro Otomo's classic Akira.
March 18, 2005
The weak story and bland hero are no match for the increasingly exciting visuals, while the score by Steve Jablonsky should be on exhibit in the Hall of Lead.
March 18, 2005
Never really pops its rivets except in several thrilling action sequences, but the sharp imagery and inventive technology make it worthwhile for animation fans.
March 18, 2005
Its action couldn't have been much more thrilling if done entirely by computer or shot in costly live-action.
March 18, 2005
It's a roller-coaster action film that thunders along with top-notch set pieces and studiously researched period settings.
March 18, 2005
This is just too little invention, too much hot air.
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