Real Steel
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A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"This movie about robot boxing needs more robot boxing."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Real Steel offers plenty of fun and engaging moments -- of both the human character drama and giant CGI robot battle variety."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Wow, they actually made Rock Em Sock Em Robots - The Movie! Even more surprising is how amazing this movie is. Filled to the brim with heart, soul, grit, and fun. One of the best movies of 2011."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"Satisfyingly sturdy and no-nonsense, a multiplex monster smartly constructed from tried-and-trusted parts."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie Real Steal."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Real Steel envisions a future where boxing has evolved into giant fighting robots. Great special effects and cool fight choreography makes this a must-see."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
""Real Steel" just never gives us a reason to care, and for two hours that can be quite detrimental."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The visual effects are a slick combination of real robots and CGI, and -- especially on the new Blu-Ray release -- the result is gloriously seamless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, "Real Steel's" actually a winner by split decision."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Real Steel, a heartwarming sci-fi sports movie about a father and son who reunite through robot boxing, testifies to the formidable power of ridiculousness."
‑ Forrest Wickman, Slate
"Good thing we all love Hugh Jackman so much"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"...the film benefits substantially from the inclusion of several unexpectedly engrossing robot-on-robot fight sequences..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"By no means is Real Steel an original film, at least in terms of its base story, but that doesn't mean it's not an effective, tear-jerking kids movie."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
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