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Universal acclaim- based on 119 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 9 out of 119

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  1. Jan 13, 2014
    this film it's amazing!!artstyle,animation and action!!it's like candyland for the eyes!!!i really like Ray and his grandpa and even if the main point of the movie switch sides repeatedly,i still enjoy it.
  2. ChrisB.
    Mar 20, 2005
    I wanted so much to give this a higher rating, but even with my normal anime-appreciative sensibility, I caught myself napping through much of the action. And worse, much of the movie I was hoping to see occured only in montage during the end credits.
  3. RClemo
    Oct 23, 2005
    Kind of like Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jul 26, 2005
    It lacks the focus Akira, meaning it's hard to tell what the main point of the plot it, cause he just seems to switch sides all the time. However, there's plenty of eye candy and a good score. The themes of science's use are vague, but maybe katsuhiro otomo wanted a more open ended movie.
  5. RayS.
    Mar 11, 2006
    Simply amazing in everything. The animation, score, the characters, and the story. This is the best film I saw in 2005 and in my opinion was better than Crash and King Kong. It's even better than Akira. The non - stop rush of action scenes and machinery absorbs you into the world of Steamboy.
  6. GerrickC.
    Jun 16, 2007
    Easily one of the best anime movies ever. If you liked Akira you will like this movie.
  7. Aug 27, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. teamboy is clearly a prequel to Laputa: Castle in the Sky. In Laputa, we see a flashback to ancient times when the flying castles dominated the skies. Steamboy tells the story of how the first flying castle was built, perhaps thousands of years before the events in Laputa take place. The level of technology in the world of Laputa has simply reverted back to that of Steamboy's world. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Though Katsuhiro Otomo's animated Victorian-era adventure Steamboy stars British characters, it's a Japanese film through and through.
  2. 60
    Perhaps the key to understanding where Steamboy goes wrong is in understanding why Otomo's previous animated feature "Akira" was such a success.
  3. 60
    Dry storytelling and boy's-toys mechanics will stop this from being the next "Spirited Away"-style crossover hit.