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Low-rent, poorly-lit superhero action is the order of the day in this film from television director Kenneth Johnson -- who makes several references to his series Alien Nation throughout the course of the movie. NBA basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal stars as John Henry Irons, a weapons designer and metallurgical genius who is developing a new sonic weapon for the military with the help of Sparks (Annabeth Gish), a computer whiz. When an accident caused by unscrupulous superior Nathaniel Burke (Judd Nelson) leaves Sparks paralyzed, Irons quits his job in disgust. It turns out later that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its protagonist is good-natured, wholesome, devoid of moral flaws and acutely civic-conscious. But good intentions aren't good enough, and this Shaq attack is too broad and episodic to attract anything other than the most undemanding crowd."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The concept may not be bad, but there are times when the execution borders on embarassing."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"an efficient concoction with some nice special effects (there is this sound wave gun that makes the air wiggle when it's shot) and an easy-to-follow plot, about stopping illegal weapons merchants. There are plenty of stunt sequences and futuristic gimmick"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"This fil"
‑ Michael Clawson, West Valley View
"Steel isn't a movie to excite or even entertain. It exists to move merchandise -- specifically, Shaquille O'Neal's oversized physique and marketing machine."
‑ Sean Means,
"Slow to gather momentum and generates little excitement or tension."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"What in God's name were they thinking???"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Why does Shaq hate us so much?"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"radiates messages of positivity and racial harmony when it's not struggling to be 'Batman in Da Hood.'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The Los Angeles Lakers' center, at 7-foot-1, is appealing and breathes much needed large life into a tolerable stinker of a film."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Has the distinction of being one of those movies that's so bad it actually has some solid entertainment value."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"It could be worse. Shaq could be rapping."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Better than you'd think. As kiddie action flicks go, Steel is really not bad."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"It's really just a silly excuse for Shaq to play superhero and dodge exploding cars and fireballs."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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