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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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  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
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  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: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 28, 2007
    10
    This movie was great.. I liked the giant robot learning not to kill, and about the boy teaching him, and being his friend... This movie has a This movie was great.. I liked the giant robot learning not to kill, and about the boy teaching him, and being his friend... This movie has a good moral, i expected less excitement, but it gave me soo much excitement!!!!! Expand
  2. Pete
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    Not only a perfect cartoon, but a perfect movie. Great message, great story, great artistry.
  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. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    This is the best animated movie I've ever seen in my life, I so loved it the first time I watched it! It was so moving, the story was greatThis is the best animated movie I've ever seen in my life, I so loved it the first time I watched it! It was so moving, the story was great and the voice over was perfect. Spectacular and unforgettable this movie stands as one of the best animated movies ever. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    This movie was very touching to me, I loved every part of it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch it. Some parts even broughtThis movie was very touching to me, I loved every part of it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch it. Some parts even brought tear to my eye but some parts also scared me when I was young. All in all this movie brings a classic animation to all movies on the market and its for any age to be honest. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2013
    10
    The films got an amazing story, amazing animation for the time period and has some truly amazing voice acting. I love this film and recommendThe films got an amazing story, amazing animation for the time period and has some truly amazing voice acting. I love this film and recommend everybody to watch it, its just great family fun, 10/10, why isn't their a squeal, why you may ask is because it would be pretty goddamn dark, if i say anymore it will be spoilers 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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