Real Steel
Real Steel (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization.

Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.

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Richard Roeper

Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, "Real Steel's" actually a winner by split decision.

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Craig D. Lindsey

You can guess where the movie goes.

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Leonard Maltin

From the billboards you might think this is another Transformers movie-heaven help us-when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ.

Eric D. Snider

Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

If you don't see what's coming next, and what comes after that and after that, then you have either not seen a movie, a TV show, or read a book in your lifetime.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Satisfyingly sturdy and no-nonsense, a multiplex monster smartly constructed from tried-and-trusted parts.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie Real Steal.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . .what I find troubling is something that looks like what it isn't. Remove the human body from boxing films, and what do you have? A board game, essentially, rock 'em, sock 'em robots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A Hugh Jackman star vehicle, basically a Disney-fied Rocky done with robots. You'll see everything coming from a mile away, or at least you won't miss… More
Wildaly M
Forgettable. Okay for kids.
Eugene Bernabe
It's a Rocky-with-Robots underdog story that's vivid. Real Steel's emphatic concept, stunning visuals make up for the… More
paul sandberg
Although it employs (read wallows) in just about every film cliché EVER, this film, set in the near future has enough cool CGI and an underdog mentality to make… More
Jon Lantz
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I thought it would be a decent, cute, family film but it was one that actually had a decent plot and a spine.… More
xGary Xx
In a near future where human boxing has been replaced by bouts fought by giant mechanical robots, an ex-fighter and deadbeat dad bonds with his estranged son… More