A boxing drama set in the near-future where robots that look like humans do battle.
" A slightly soggy tale of father-son bonding, crossed with an action-adventure flick about high-tech battle-bots. "
" Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes. "
" Satisfyingly sturdy and no-nonsense, a multiplex monster smartly constructed from tried-and-trusted parts. "
" They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie Real Steal. "
" Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, "Real Steel's" actually a winner by split decision. "
" There's nothing real about Real Steel except its shameless desire to please by going where better and more successful movies have gone before. "
" It's 10 percent lovable underdog hokum, 23 percent sentimental family drama and 67 percent rivet-popping punch-ups. "
" [Real Steel] borrows so much from other films that it might better be titled Reel Steal: not only from The Champ, but from Rocky, the Transformers movies and even some Star Wars. "
" Though the premise of fighting robots does seem a plausible and intriguing extension of the contemporary WWE world, Real Steel is hampered by leaden, cliched moments in which a stubborn boy teaches his childish father a valuable lesson. "
" Real Steel is a blast, an unabashed crowd-pleaser that mixes Rocky, Transformers, video games and father-son bonding to great, if corny, effect. "
" You've probably seen toy commercials that present a more thoughtful dystopian future. And yet, in the moment, this film will make you want to do nothing except stuff your face with more. "
" Feels as if it were made inside the mind of a kid obsessed with robots. "
" Aas the plot proceeds from boy-meets-dad verbal sparring to an uneasy peace to the underdog-vs.- champion title bout, it becomes increasingly easy to forgive its many nicks. "
" Real Steel is ridiculous, but it is not dispiriting. If you're going to make this movie, it should be made just this way, with commitment, verve and a complete disregard for physics, robotics and environmentalism. "
" All things considered, it is a well-wrought piece of entertainment, confidently paced, although its necessary subplots are little more than dutiful filler sandwiched between fight sequences. "
" While the sappy boy-and-his-robot drama pales next to the terrific "The Iron Giant," the actual 'bot battles are vicarious fun. "
" What it lacks is the human element. Charlie is more of a rat than a rascal, and instead of working hard to build and operate his robots, he's literally going through the motions. "
" Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift. "
" The story remains sadly mired in botdom, which leads to some boredom. "
" It's so virtual, so distant from the thrill, that you wonder what the point is. Do you really want to pay to watch an actor playing a kid who in turn plays what amounts to a video game? "
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