Steamboy
Steamboy (2005)

Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira (1988), returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 26, 2005
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60%
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User Score
68%



Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The story isn't the greatest, but there's an abundance of sci-fi eye candy to compensate.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

It's a sensationally designed piece of work.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Animated film is too violent for younger kids.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Works more than it fails.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

The film's extended debates on the ethics of science, government and personal responsibility would recommend it to critics of a medium that too often panders to audiences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable none the less. A bit long in my opinion, but lots of cool concepts and visuals.
a b
I haven't seen it with the Japanese language track, which would probably help.
Dean McKenna
This Japanese computer-generated anime is cool, starts out as a nice Jule Verne-style adventure, but the story is too complicated and talky to maintain… More
Marion Ravenwood
I was confused as to whether the lead character was a girl or a boy, overall it was meh.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Steamboy" starts in Manchester, England in 1866 where Ray Steam is a mechanic and engineer, even though he is still a kid. He… More

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