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Real Steel

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Shawn Levy

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About the Movie

Enter the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech - 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring. Starring Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter turned small-time promoter, Real Steel is a riveting, white-knuckle action ride that will leave you cheering. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the thrill-packed arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. Real Steel is a pulse-pounding, inspirational adventure filled with heart and soul.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 217
  • Fresh: 127
  • Rotten: 90
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Oct 17, 2011

Fresh: 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 Kennedy, Denver Post, Oct 7, 2011

Fresh: 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 Long, Detroit News, Oct 7, 2011

Rotten: Surely a story as elementary and essentially derivative as this one could be told in less than 127 minutes. – Eric D. Snider,, Oct 7, 2011

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Customer Reviews


If you're planning on buying or renting "Real Steel" and expecting a crowd-pleasing thrill ride of a movie that requires little to no thinking, look no further. My friends and I walked into the theatre with the sole intention of watching a bunch of giant robots beat the living daylights out of each other, and we definitely weren't disappointed. But surprisingly enough, the film had much more to offer besides its thrilling action sequences. For one, the corny, formulaic, and all too predictable plot that came along with the flick's basic premise wasn't as annoying as I thought it would be. Hugh Jackman's performance as Charlie Kenton, the main character, was believable and convincing like all his other roles, and even his young co-star Dakota Goyo was charming and likable in some scenes, even though his character, Max, in general was just a studio ploy for families to bring their kids to see the movie. Aside from the acting though, the cinematography was incredible, the robots were well-designed, and the storyline had a steady pace throughout. But if I had to point out one major flaw overall, it would only be that the film constantly overdoses on "subtly" advertising several products and companies. From Dr. Pepper to miscellaneous Microsoft devices, I swear there's at least one unnecessary promotional plug in just about every scene. But I digress. As for some of the snooty critics who gave this movie a rotten rating, they obviously need to lighten up. Sure, "Real Steel" isn't a masterpiece by any means, but that's clearly not what the director's intention was to begin with. Like I said before, this is supposed to be a fun, nonsensical, action-packed popcorn flick with well-crafted special effects, intensely epic battle sequences, and an easy-to-comprehend story. If that's not your idea of a good time, well…it's your loss. For the best experience possible, I recommend purchasing the film in incredible HD. Trust me, it's worth the money!


I've always loved Hugh Jackman! He does an amazing job as Wolverine and he did an incredible job in Real Steel!!


one of the best films this year! can't wait to own it.

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