Steamboy

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Perhaps the key to understanding where Steamboy goes wrong is in understanding why Otomo's previous animated feature "Akira" was such a success.
  2. 60
    Dry storytelling and boy's-toys mechanics will stop this from being the next "Spirited Away"-style crossover hit.
  3. The sci-fi wonders, including an army of shuddering robo-soldiers and one-man, steam-powered bombers with delicate wood-and-linen wings, are truly marvelous and go a long way toward making up for the film's erratic pacing.
  4. 60
    Visually arresting, with an enjoyably wacky premise, but scuppered somewhat by its rusty, clunky storytelling.
  5. Though Katsuhiro Otomo's animated Victorian-era adventure Steamboy stars British characters, it's a Japanese film through and through.
  6. The weak story and bland hero are no match for the increasingly exciting visuals, while the score by Steve Jablonsky should be on exhibit in the Hall of Lead.
  7. 50
    There may be possibilities here, but they're lost in the extraordinary boredom of a long third act devoted almost entirely to loud, pointless and repetitive action.
  8. Much of Steamboy is actually reminiscent of "Wild Wild West," with a giant moving tower substituting for the giant spider, and the personalities of Will Smith and Kevin Kline being replaced by . . . no personality at all, really.
  9. It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. RClemo
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    Kind of like Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
  2. Eoin
    Oct 23, 2006
    6
    Not too bad. Great animation, not so great story.
  3. May 24, 2014
    6
    Basically Steamboy is a film FULL of stupid plot points, annoying characters but bumped up due to the fact that the film Looks and feelsBasically Steamboy is a film FULL of stupid plot points, annoying characters but bumped up due to the fact that the film Looks and feels visually spectacular also the Dub is pretty great.

    6/10, better then average
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