The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant (1999)

"Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about a giant metal machine that drops from the sky and frightens a small town in Maine in 1958, only to find a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity.

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Paul Tatara

The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In every way, one of the highlights of both animation and family-friendly cinema in the last quarter-century.

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David Ansen

This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

This is sharp, sophisticated stuff, appreciated on different levels by both parents and children, and even those who are neither. The film has impish humor, great adventure and more than a few thrills.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination.

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Ted Anthony
Associated Press

It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well.

Dennis King
Tulsa World

Wisely, Bird and company eschew the standard Disney formula of catchy show tunes and cuddly animal sidekicks and lead Warner Bros. toward an animation style the studio can call its own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
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This was animation maestro Brad Bird's feature length directorial debut, and, I must say, it is easily one of the best example of how to do an intelligent… More
Alex roy
Brilliant animated feature, The Iron Giant is an entertaining ride from start to finish, and a real treat for the eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and it… More
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The Iron Giant tackles touchy subjects and complex relationships with a steady hand and beautiful animation direction from Brad Bird. Smart angle of 80's… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Beautifully animated, well-told, and--in typical Brad Bird fashion--mature, smartly written, and funny, The Iron Giant is an underrated animated masterpiece… More
Mister Caple
The year 1999 produced an astounding of riches for feature-film animation. While that year's highest grossing animated flick "Toy Story 2"… More