Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
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A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being human while embarking on a worldwide journey to discover his true potential in this animated update of Osamu Tezuka's classic anime story. Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is a young robot from futuristic Metro City. Created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage), and powered by pure positive "blue" energy that gives him such abilities as x-ray vision, inhuman speed, and flight, the wide-eyed android longs to find his true place in the world. He sets out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like its supersonic, jets-in-his-feet hero, the movie itself feels totally robotic."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I just felt like this was a mistranslation -- almost trying to combine the slightly sinister, cold world of Japanese anime with the warm, sentimental, fuzzy, bouncy world of Hollywood kid animation."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"He may be a reconstituted robot, but this little cyber-kid's got some real heart."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"A suitably fun and entertaining hero for a new generation."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Astro Boy is a fun sci-fi adventure that will resonate with older fans and win younger viewers."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The animation bar has been raised, and not just by Pixar. Poor little Astro Boy hasn't a prayer of clearing it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"David Bowers' retro-cool update on the titular icon looks so great, it may take a while to notice it's a clunky political parable wrapped in a tonally confused fairy tale."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A charming and entertaining animated science fiction adventure that doesn't club us over the head with sensory overload..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"He's a cross between Superman and Pinocchio, but carrying a whole movie on his back in the absence of serious graphic invention proves too big a task."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This charming, futuristic family flick has enough firepower to overcome an awkward premise and Nicolas Cage's general creepiness."
‑ Thomas Leupp,
"Bowers's play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn't allow 'Astro Boy' a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"There's very little that the filmmakers haven't borrowed here, making Astro Boy feel as copied as its title character."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"There is quite a bit of solid craft at work in Astro Boy ... but it feels rushed, ill-prepared and derivative. And that's because it is rushed, ill-prepared and derivative."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"While Astro Boy might not exude the kind of originality we're used to seeing in Pixar films, it makes up for it with plenty of humor and charm."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"You need good villains in a movie. And if they're named "Ham Egg" then all the better."
‑ Dave White,
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