Steel (1997)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 15, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Steel is a badly-acted movie that indulges not only in superhero cliches, but also the sappy TV-movie-of-the-week ones.

Leonard Klady

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.

James Berardinelli

The concept may not be bad, but there are times when the execution borders on embarassing.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Has the distinction of being one of those movies that's so bad it actually has some solid entertainment value.

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Sean P. Means

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.

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Slow to gather momentum and generates little excitement or tension.

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Douglas Pratt

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

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The Los Angeles Lakers' center, at 7-foot-1, is appealing and breathes much needed large life into a tolerable stinker of a film.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Reliant on a heavy formula of repetition and camp that's more obnoxious than cute.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

What in God's name were they thinking???

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Marc Lewis
This movie was...Okay. It certainly wasn't good, but it wasn;t too bad either. Shaq can't act, no more than he can shoot a decent free throw, but… More
Derek Daniels
Bullshit! BULL...SHIT!!! He fell off a fucking bulding...Superman saved him...he devoted his life to fighting crime! What is so hard about that to have to… More
Conner Rainwater
About the same as Kazam in terms of quality, this is basically the poor man's Batman, even circa '97. Again, it has a bizarre unintentional comedy… More
Dean McKenna
This fellowing DC Comics' temporary demise of Superman, new heroes were created to protect Metropolis is fine. Watchable with explosive special effects.
Coxxie Mild Sauce
im pretty sure the words "What? you've never seen Steel?" have never been blurted out before.
Dann Michalski
The most atrocious iteration of the Superman series, Steel is an abomination that everyone has since disowned. Shaquille O'Neal stars as John Henry Irons,… More