Rated PG-13 · 127 minutes · 2011

Action, Drama, Science fiction
Big Hollywood knows that people love movies in which robots kick the oil out of each other. The Transformers films are raking it in—so it would stand to reason that other robot-fight movies would follow. Directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel presents a near-future world in which robots have replaced humans in the boxing ring. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a down-on-his-luck movie stereotype who promotes robot fights—poorly. He owes a lot of people money; his robot is broken; and he has a son, Max, whom he barely knows. That son (Dakota Goyo) winds up in his custody after his ex-wife dies. So Real Steel wants to be a father-son bonding movie, as well as a robots-beating-each-other-up movie. Since Jackman’s character drives a big truck and is trying to get acquainted with his son, I was reminded of the father-son-bonding/arm-wrestling movie Over the Top. Over the Top is not a movie I wanted to be reminded of.

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Official Site: steelgetsreal.com
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Shawn Levy, Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Steven Spielberg, Mary McLaglen and Josh McLaglen
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn, Karl Yune and Olga Fonda


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The Coast Halifax Real heart in Real Steel Robo-boxing movie a knock-out by Matthew Morgan 10/06/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Higher Ground, The Ides of March and other film events around town. 10/06/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product: Real Steel Hugh Jackman's rock 'em sock 'em robot has too much mettle by Edward Adams 10/06/2011
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Portland Mercury You Knocked My Block Off! Real Steel neither rocks nor rocks our block off. by Wm. Steven Humphrey 10/06/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Real Steel' Take a high-calorie Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Rocky, add a dollop of The Champ, roll it up in panko Transformers crumbs and you'll get 'Real Steel.' by Ed Johnson-Ott 10/07/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 7 Werner Herzog reveals ancient cave art; Ryan Gosling reveals his selfish interests to George Clooney; Hugh Jackman reveals his robotic boxing underdog; Henry Hopper reveals his love for Mia Wasikowska. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 10/07/2011
Indy Week Fighting robots and Spielberg's daddy issues in Real Steel After a while, the fighting scenes feel like a reward you get every 10 minutes for sitting through the movie's incessantly sappiness. by Craig D. Lindsey 10/05/2011

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