Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, “Real Steel’s” actually a winner by split decision.
In theaters: Friday, 7 October 2011
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand
Mikesaid on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:00:05 PMOne of the worst movies I have ever seen. Hugh Jackman, who we all know is quite capeable of giving a truly terrific performance as he did in last year's "Prisoners" (It's a shame he did not receive and Oscar nomination for his performance in that movie.) is given a terrible script with endless amounts of terrible, cliched riddled dialogue. His talent is completely wasted here. "Real Steel" is nothing but a blatant ripoff of "Rocky" not a tribute. Atom is a down and out robot who everybody thinks has no chance at the big time. However he shocks everybody by working his way up the ladder taking his share of beatings and then, he finally gets a shot at the title where he fights remarkably well, better than anybody anticipated, but ultimately looses by decision. Why does that sound so familiar?
Zellasaid on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:31:41 AMI got teary just watching your prveiew!!My daughter told me about this movie, and I completely forgot about it. I think I may rent it today. I'll be sure to let you know what I think, but I have a feeling I'll be telling you how much I cried...Thanks for the reminder!Sharon :)
Deansaid on Monday, January 30, 2012 1:52:26 AMGreat reorganizing of Rocky and Rocky V with robots. My kids 6 and 14, my parents, and myself loved it! B-B+ rating also.
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I would would pay to see a part II, where Apollo Creed looses
Samsaid on Monday, January 02, 2012 6:21:45 AMSo what you are saying is any movie which is not transformers and involves robots sucks?
Reply from Richard Roeper Huh?
Iansaid on Monday, November 14, 2011 1:25:42 AMThe best thing about Roger Ebert's reviews is that he will only EVER compare apples to apples. And that is what Roeper is doing here. You review a movie in comparison only to other movies like it. This is a sports movie, a boxing movie. This is a father-son bonding movie. "Over The Top" is the first thing that comes to mind for me Regardless, those are the only sorts of movies you get to invoke.
Getting mad about a review of a completely different movie, not comparable visually or structurally, only related by having one of the same actors, in comparison too this one, demonstrates a remarkable ability to miss the point.
Dan Skip Allensaid on Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:36:29 AMThisis my review of Reel Steal From the Fourth Row!
David Jordaosaid on Sunday, October 16, 2011 8:16:50 AMDefinitely was surprised about this movie. Enjoyed it a lot more then I thought I was going to.
Cove Brittonsaid on Sunday, October 09, 2011 12:45:11 AMIt is a Rocky for the 2000's. I went with two of my daughters and it was fun...that is an accomplishment. It is a winner.
John Danielssaid on Sunday, October 09, 2011 12:03:50 AMAnd to think you had qualified "the Fountain" as "one of the worst movies of that year" back then... I mean even if the Fountain had been a silent movie just in terms of cinematography it should beat Real Steal hands down. I don't know. Seeing someone with such a vast experience of movie reviewing give "B" to that turd feels eerie. I like McDo maybe once a year but I wouldn't give it a "B" on any scale. Maybe it's time to take a step back and think about what reviewing movies is all about. Hugh Jackman is establishing himself as the next Charlton Heston of Hollywood... it's no longer the NRA, now it's WWE, cigarettes, Rap, and Dr Pepper. I think it's wrong to encourage this and now we'll be stuck with 2 more sequels. I hope you and Ebert can eventually see the light. Thank you.
Reply from Richard Roeper Thanks for the career advice. And I'm sure Roger will appreciate the sentiment that he can "eventually see the light."
Are you trying to redefine "condescending"? Jeez. Maybe you should take a step back and read your comments before sending them. You come across as more than a little pompous, my friend.