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: July 1, 1999
DVD 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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It doesn't try to hide its own cleverness, it's funny and pulls in references from all over the place, from Bambi to Frankenstein.

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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.

Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Tender, moving and exciting for kids (and their secretly tearful parents).

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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.

Peter Bradshaw

Watching this again 17 years after its original release, I savoured again the resemblances to Spielberg, Wilde and Brian Forbes's Whistle Down the Wind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
When people call a movie an instant classic, that could either mean they're simply calling it a terrific film or truthfully believe that it'll be a… 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
Eugene Bernabe
Thoughtful, heartfelt and not to mention its wonderful animation. The Iron Giant is a rare animated picture that blends mystery, drama and overall family-fun.… 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
Kevin M. Williams
An alien from the skies befriends a young boy and their friendship is the center of this tale about loyalty and family in the face of serious opposition. Most… More
Chris Weber
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