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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 LondonA 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
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. The film turns into a preposterous but engrossing spectacle, fueled by a resource more enduring than steam or its successors: big ideas.
  2. 80
    Steamboy adds a touch of innocent wonder to the formula through Ray's eyes, resulting in Otomo's most human film to date, but humanity rarely seems to be among Otomo's priorities. His films seem far more concerned with the spectacle he manages like no one else in animation.
  3. 70
    Visually commanding, conceptually beguiling, but dramatically inert.
  4. Reviewed by: Greg Bellavia
    60
    Perhaps the key to understanding where Steamboy goes wrong is in understanding why Otomo's previous animated feature "Akira" was such a success.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    Visually arresting, with an enjoyably wacky premise, but scuppered somewhat by its rusty, clunky storytelling.
  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. RayS.
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    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 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. Collapse
  2. 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 thethis 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
  3. RClemo
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    Kind of like Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
  4. 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
  5. Eoin
    Oct 23, 2006
    6
    Not too bad. Great animation, not so great story.
  6. 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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  7. CodyK.
    Sep 11, 2005
    5
    The movie is

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