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  • Summary: A retro science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, Steamboy features an inventor prodigy named Ray Steam who receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. This young boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. (Sony) Expand
  • Director: Katsuhiro Ă”tomo
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 126 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 80
    A stunning-to-look-at film marred by a less than searing pace and some narrative incoherence.
  2. 80
    The movie's true genius lies in the exquisite animation, a blend of hand-drawn and state-of-the-art digital technology that suggests an old world being bullied into a new one.
  3. 70
    Visually commanding, conceptually beguiling, but dramatically inert.
  4. 60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    60
    Dry storytelling and boy's-toys mechanics will stop this from being the next "Spirited Away"-style crossover hit.
  6. The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    8
    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
  3. Oct 8, 2013
    6
    Katsuhiro Otomo brings us a strange film. At beginning of alternate century, Ray Steam has main role in a film doesn't logical plot. It's true that "Steamboy" is science-fiction film but this is no excuse. "Akira" was powerful, philosophical and innovative. "Steamboy" begins cool, it promises an epic adventure but in the middle it jams. It rambles in story and the viewer no longer understands. "Steamboy" is movie interrumpted. Although, Otomo keeps on tension to end. Expand
  4. 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 feels visually spectacular also the Dub is pretty great.

    6/10, better then average
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