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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. It's an antidote to complacency. The question is, whom is it trying to wake up?
  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. Still, the movie -- as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is -- has the annoyance of incredible smugness.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    A rare adaptation that actually improves upon the original material: It's everything a good children's adventure tale should be, and a powerful fable for adults.
  6. A smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.
  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: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    A truly great movie about a boy and his giant destructive robot. Also, a great story about friendship and sacrifice. The reason I probably find this a great movie is that I had to watch it more than ten times because of my brother. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    This is a timeless movie that really goes out and touches peoples hearts. This is probably one of the best non-Disney animated films ever. This film really is something special that I recommend for the family to watch. Expand
  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 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. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    I've seen all of Brad Bird's movies, and I've liked all three. But this is his best!!!! I love it so much!!! It focuses on a kid and doesn't make the adults look like morons like The Simpsons does. God knows why anyone would hate this, it's one of the best animated films of all time. How did this fail at the box office domestically? It's awesome! The cold war setting makes it even better. It's better than Tarzan and The Lion King. Not as good as Toy Story, though, although it comes very, very close. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2013
    10
    The Iron Giant is a timeless masterpiece, a virtuoso animation experience with a heartfelt and powerful story of non-violence and the power of love and friendship. 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 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. 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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