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Movie Review Round-Up: Real Steel

“Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly, is supposed to be the “Transformers with heart” movie, a feel-good movie you can watch with your family and gain some sci-fi enjoyment out of it as well. But the critics aren’t taking to the film as well as the audience is.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critics have given the film a 59%, while the audience has given it a 83% rating. Apparently, the audience loves the “Transformers with heart” idea better than the critics, so let’s see why the critics aren’t on board:

“Thanks to an admittedly corny script, some amazing fight scenes, and a terrific cast, “Real Steel’s” actually a winner by split decision.”–Richard Roeper,

“They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie “Real Steal.” –Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“While ‘Real Steel’ might be the first movie ever made about professional robot boxing–‘Transformers’ doesn’t count–it still follows conventions and genre cliches to an unabashed degree. Every step in the father and son’s underdog journey…is telegraphed from the moment the opening credits role. As such, the score by Danny Elfman tells you exactly what you are meant to be feeling at every given moment, while several scenes backed by new tracks from Eminem and 50 Cent make you wonder how much money it takes to get ‘gangster’ rappers like these to sell out to Dreamworks and an exectuive producing Steven Spielberg.”–Tom Clift, Cut Print Review

What do you think? Do you disagree? Give your opinions on the film in the comments section below.

Evangeline Lilly in Real Steel

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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