The Iron Giant

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  • Summary: A giant metal machine falls to Earth in 1950s Maine, frightening townspeople. However, the robot befriends a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth who must save it from the predjudices of the townspeople and from a government agent intent on destroying the robot.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
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  1. 100
    One of the best films of the year thus far.
  2. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    93
    Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood.
  3. Surprising as it sounds, as far as examinations of trust, loyalty and identity go, the big metal dude's story winds up far more satisfying than the plodding Kubrick opus any day of the week.
  4. 80
    Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, The Iron Giant towers over the cartoon landscape.
  5. Still, the movie -- as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is -- has the annoyance of incredible smugness.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    A smart live-and-let-live parable.
  7. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    63
    In most respects, The Iron Giant is one of the better animated children's films in recent memory, which makes its strident political correctness all the more frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. MystiC
    Sep 12, 2009
    10
    I watched this near the time of it's release, when I was eleven. I loved it then, as any science fiction-reading child would. But, what I watched this near the time of it's release, when I was eleven. I loved it then, as any science fiction-reading child would. But, what I did not expect was to come across it at twenty one, and cry like a baby throughout the last half. Expand
  2. JakeM.
    Jul 31, 2006
    10
    Take that Pixar. As close to animated perfection as you can come and not be Miyazaki. Absolutely brilliant.
  3. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    "The Iron Giant" is a soft-hearted and whimsical take on period movies (I've rarely seen a better take on Communist-era America) that is an"The Iron Giant" is a soft-hearted and whimsical take on period movies (I've rarely seen a better take on Communist-era America) that is an absolute joy to behold. The combination of great animation and satirical dialogue makes every character memorable and fun and the finale is as gripping as animated films come. Expand
  4. Sophie
    Aug 6, 2007
    10
    By far one of the greatest animations ever made. Very underrated, but it's finally starting to get the recognition of critics and public By far one of the greatest animations ever made. Very underrated, but it's finally starting to get the recognition of critics and public alike, and it's great when a family-friendly cartoon is fantastic and intelligent entertainment for both kids, teens and adults. I really mean it - this is a rare thing, the type of wonderful movie they won't make anymore... Watch it and LOVE it. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2012
    10
    Just an excellent movie all around. Wonderful storyline and beautifully crafted cinematic scenes. Perfect family film. Loved this movie everJust an excellent movie all around. Wonderful storyline and beautifully crafted cinematic scenes. Perfect family film. Loved this movie ever since I first saw it nearly 10 years ago. I still love it to this day. Expand
  6. May 2, 2014
    10
    This movie is fantastic. So many wonderful and important lessons in this movie and handled so impressively. Its also not often we see anThis movie is fantastic. So many wonderful and important lessons in this movie and handled so impressively. Its also not often we see an animated film set during the cold war. Its so good, iit deserved so much more when it was released Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2013
    5
    This movie is way too similar to E.T. to warrant a 10/10. Alien comes to planet. Kid finds alien. Government tries to get the alien. OnlyThis movie is way too similar to E.T. to warrant a 10/10. Alien comes to planet. Kid finds alien. Government tries to get the alien. Only difference is the alien get sacrifices himself at the end of the Iron Giant and is "killed." Animation was pretty damn good though and it was a very cute movie Expand

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