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

-Bruce DionesFull Review

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

-Richard RoeperFull Review

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

-Eric D. SniderFull Review

They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie Real Steal.

-Peter RainerFull Review

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.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

Real Steel is a blast, an unabashed crowd-pleaser that mixes Rocky, Transformers, video games and father-son bonding to great, if corny, effect.

-Tom LongFull Review

The story remains sadly mired in botdom, which leads to some boredom.

-Mary F. PolsFull Review

It's 10 percent lovable underdog hokum, 23 percent sentimental family drama and 67 percent rivet-popping punch-ups.

-Colin CovertFull Review

A slightly soggy tale of father-son bonding, crossed with an action-adventure flick about high-tech battle-bots.

-Michael O'SullivanFull Review

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?

-Kyle SmithFull Review

Feels as if it were made inside the mind of a kid obsessed with robots.

-Joe NeumaierFull Review

While the sappy boy-and-his-robot drama pales next to the terrific "The Iron Giant," the actual 'bot battles are vicarious fun.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

[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.

-Liam LaceyFull Review

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.

-Peter HartlaubFull Review

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.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

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.

-Linda HolmesFull Review

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.

-Stephen HoldenFull Review

The tear-jerking in Real Steel is as shameless as its product placement. We're being hustled.

-Peter TraversFull Review

Lovers of blood sport action ... are going to enjoy the well-staged fighting sequences ... while tender hearts seeking emotional depth will find the father-son conflict reasonably engaging.

-Bruce DemaraFull Review

Neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be, although the 9-year-old bruiser next to me pummeled the armrest, spilled his soda and screamed "awesome" through every one of the fight scenes.

-Betsy SharkeyFull Review

Yes, it's unapologetically sentimental (and sometimes unapologetically cheesy), but Shawn Levy's film has an irresistible force.

-Carrie RickeyFull Review

The movie uses every trick it can to pull this off, which means using us. But to paraphrase Bill Withers, I want to spread the news that if it feels this good getting used, then keep on using me until you use me up.

-Wesley MorrisFull Review

I suspect a lot of what I found synthetic and sort of galling in "Real Steel" will work just fine with the target audience.

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

Imagine what you'd get if you squished "Rocky" and "WALL-E" together in a giant industrial press: a gooey, drippy mess, leaking lubricant and metal shards all over the factory floor.

-Soren AndersonFull Review

"Real Steel" is a real movie. It has characters, it matters who they are, it makes sense of its action, it has a compelling plot. This is the sort of movie, I suspect, young viewers went to the "Transformers" movies looking for.

-Roger EbertFull Review

This is real movie making that packs a solid entertainment punch, proving it doesn't matter what the genre is if genuinely talented and dedicated people are pulling the strings instead of hacks.

-Rex ReedFull Review

By the time the two hour running length has expired, it's safe to say that Real Steel comes across as a legitimate crowd-pleaser.

-James BerardinelliFull Review

Demonstrates the way CGI-
driven bot cinema can fruitfully coexist with father-and-son bonding cinema to create charming entertainment - part warm hugs and part cold clang.

-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review

A toy tie-in, an overlong movie that takes on some of the grimy veneer and colorful characters of a "boxing picture," sanitizing it for children.

-Roger MooreFull Review

The movie really comes to life during the marvelous boxing sequences, which are often drop-dead exciting.

-Randy CordovaFull Review

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