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Real Steel

Sci-Fi . Drama . Science Fiction . Action

In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.

Actors: Olga Fonda , Karl Yune , Marco Ruggeri , James Rebhorn , Hope Davis , Kevin Durand , Anthony Mackie , Evangeline Lilly , Dakota Goyo , Hugh Jackman
Directors: Shawn Levy
Country: USA , INDIA
Release: 2011-10-07
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Real Steel is directed by "Night at the Museum's" Shawn Levy, who makes good use of his specialized skill in blending people and computer-made imaginary things into one lively, emotionally satisfying story.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    There's a little "Kramer vs. Kramer" here, a dash of "Transformers" there, and it's all topped with big heap of "Rocky." But it's hard to argue with the results, because, at times, Real Steal is close to a knockout.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    If you can get past the ridiculousness of the setup - easy to do, because the posters make it clear this isn't a Woody Allen movie - it's pretty much impossible not to have fun.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie is corny enough to remind you that boxing rings are square.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    It is earsplitting, crowd-pleasing, and, no doubt, 'bot-pleasing, too. If you told me I would get emotionally and viscerally involved in two machines punching the hard drives out of each other, I would tell you you were crazy. I would be wrong.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    By the time the two hour running length has expired, it's safe to say that Real Steel comes across as a legitimate crowd-pleaser.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Real Steel is a real movie. It has characters, it matters who they are, it makes sense of its action, it has a compelling plot. This is the sort of movie, I suspect, young viewers went to the "Transformers" movies looking for.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Like "Moneyball," this is real movie making that packs a solid entertainment punch.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It goes through all the motions, properly and efficiently, and yet it's missing some core warmth. Watching Real Steel, I kept thinking of Brad Bird's retro-modern cartoon "The Iron Giant," and of how that picture humanized a metal alien so effortlessly.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Although the marketing looks like "Transformers 4," Real Steel is the real deal, a Rocky with robots that ought to have audiences standing up and cheering.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The uncanny thing about Real Steel is just how gripping the fight scenes are; Sugar Ray Leonard served as a consultant to the motion-capture performers responsible for pantomiming the machines' moves.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Real Steel falls somewhere near the intersection of elation and shame, essentially reworking the Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling non-classic "Over The Top" for the equally ridiculous sport of android fisticuffs, and mostly getting away with it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    If familiarity is endemic to this feel-good drama, there's nonetheless also something to be said for competent amalgamation and regurgitation of tired genre tropes.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • James White

    Rocky with robots? It's not quite in Balboa's weight class, but Real Steel at least has some heft. There's barely a story beat among the beat-downs that you won't expect, and sometimes the saccharine gets in the way of the spectacle, but on the whole this is enjoyable family entertainment.

    Empire Full Review
  • Forrest Wickman

    When I was 7 and saw "Over The Top," I saw no irony in its moniker, even during a slow-motion close-up of two battling hands. While Real Steel is similarly ludicrous, I predict it will play like a masterpiece with 7-year-olds.

    Slate Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    As it happens, this recycled reclamation of underdogs saga is neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Based very loosely on a short story by "I Am Legend" author Richard Matheson, Real Steel in fact comes closer to road-bonding movies featuring children and hesitant papas: "Paper Moon" or "Over the Top," say.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, the movie's special effects are seamless and far more cleanly cut than any of Michael Bay's hash. But the element that lingers longest is a subtle strand - also woven into last week's "Take Shelter" - of recessionary anxiety.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Real Steel is sci-fi without the science, and the fiction is strictly 20th century, straight out of Rocky knockoffs.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    The story remains sadly mired in botdom, which leads to some boredom. It's hard to look away from the ever-dazzling Jackman, but the sight of him hunched over the controls of something akin to a live action video game is not, in the end, much more exciting than the sight of your average teenager hunched over the controls of a Game Boy.

    Time Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    When making a film for 10-year-old boys, it doesn't have to be good, necessarily -- just good enough. And that's exactly what Real Steel is: good enough.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    What it lacks is the human element. Charlie is more of a rat than a rascal, and instead of working hard to build and operate his robots, he's literally going through the motions.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie "Real Steal."

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    It's a combination that seems ideal for 10-year-old boys who adore violence, and could well be the cornerstone of the next DreamWorks franchise.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Staff [Not Credited]

    It's an odd blend - a sentimental story in a futuristic world of brutal machine-maneuvered fights. There are some ringside thrills, but it's not a seamless mesh.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    An underdog drama with clanging metal-on-metal action, Real Steel feels scientifically programmed to claw at your heart while its battling robots, which have a semblance of human personality, drum up your adrenaline. That said, I'm not sure that the movie itself has more than a semblance of a heart.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Sugar Ray Leonard helped with the motion-capture, and it shows. Good stuff. But the tear-jerking in Real Steel is as shameless as its product placement. We're being hustled.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    A slightly soggy tale of father-son bonding, crossed with an action-adventure flick about high-tech battle-bots.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I suspect a lot of what I found synthetic and sort of galling in Real Steel will work just fine with the target audience.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Lost's Evangeline Lilly remains lost, however, in this film role as Charlies's too-good-to-be-true romantic interest.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Jackman gamely does his best, Levy keeps the kid just shy of insufferable and just this side of kid-appropriate in his behavior and language.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This punishingly predictable tale will test whether sci-fi action fanboys can stomach having their cherished genre infiltrated by sentimental hokum about a down-on-his-luck dad and his spunky long-lost son.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    In either a stunningly brave or misguided act of meta-absurdity, Real Steel, which is about a boy, his dad and the robot that changes their lives, actually feels as if it were made inside the mind of a kid obsessed with robots.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Real Steel is to action what the Anthony Weiner habit was to sex: It's so virtual, so distant from the thrill, that you wonder what the point is. Do you really want to pay to watch an actor playing a kid who in turn plays what amounts to a video game?

    New York Post Full Review
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