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Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

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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. 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: 43 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  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. 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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