'Real Steel' review round-up: Real deal or steel heel?
Not since "Passion of the Christ" have we been so divided on a movie. At first glance, we wanted to hate "Real Steel." Seriously? Rock 'em Sock 'em robots, the movie? But then, that earnest Hugh Jackman charm started to win us over. Could this actually be some classic underdog Hollywood fun? And it seems that critics are equally as divided. So take in a few "Real Steel" reviews to help figure out if Jackman's latest is more "X-Men 2" or "Kate & Leopold."
Boston Globe: "You're ashamed to say you laughed, that your eyes might have welled up, that if Mattel made a Dakota Goyo doll, you'd buy one and never let it leave your side..."
Metromix: "[A] slack-jawed imitation of Spielbergian traits...noisy, corny, entirely surprise-free."
Roger Ebert: "'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...Sometimes you go into a movie with low expectations and are pleasantly surprised."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "[As] the minutes tick by, cliche piles upon cliche until the hokum is knee deep...an incredibly long movie that goes a dozen rounds longer than any audience deserves."
The Onion's AV Club: "'Real Steel' barrels through its underdog premise...and has us rooting for Jackman's undersized scrapper as if he were Rocky himself."
eFilmCritic.com: "The only way the human mind would not immediately compute that this is the dumbest idea ever is because it is not actually called Percy Jackson and the Real Steel...[a] confused, unambitious piece of futurama is weight down by Shawn Levy's uninspired and limp direction."