The Iron Giant
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"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 friend named, Hogarth, that ultimately finds its humanity and saving the towns people of their fears and prejudices.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"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."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The film isn't as blisteringly satirical as The Simpsons; it's warmer. And while its nostalgia isn't simplistic, it is affectionate."
‑ M.V. Moorhead, New Times
"The Iron Giant has a great heart, and I loved its evocation of the days when good old Superman, as uncomplicated a superhero as ever existed, was the height of cool."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Disney is getting fierce competition in the animated feature department these days."
‑ , Total Film
"This wonderful Warner Bros version of Ted Hughes's The Iron Man is a first-class achievement in cartoon virtuosity that liberally borrows images from 1950s comic-book art and science-fiction movies to stunning effect."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well."
‑ Ted Anthony, Associated Press
"A magical evocation of a special time in history and a time in everybody's life when the dream and the nightmare quotients are equally high."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"A well-told and beautifully drawn tale of friendship and fortitude."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The movie wears its social responsibility with pride, even if it doesn't always know how to put together a coherent public service announcement."
‑ Norene Cashen, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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