ASTROBOY. Grade: B-minus. (Based on a advance VIP press preview on Sat. Oct. 17, 2009)

Written October 20, 2009
Directed by David Bowers(Flushed Away), ASTROBOY(voiced by Freddie Highmore) is a 94-min CGI-animated movie based on the manga character(Astroboy/Atom/Atomu) created by Dr. Osamu Tezuka. Although primarily aimed at kids, this movie is more appropriate for teens/older audience because of the HEAVY themes - death, loss/grieve, rejection. Nevertheless, younger audience should understand the clear messages expounding the importance of friendship/family, charity/giving, sharing. The animation was competently rendered despite the inconsistency in quality - some scenes appeared more polished that others. ASTROBOY's exhilarating first-flight scene was well-done. The well-known voice-cast performed admirably - kudos to Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Cage, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Eugene Levy, Kristen Bell, etc. VERDICT: Overall, a enjoyable movie. Go See It!!! Kids-friendly - but definitely with parental guidance.
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Little kids loved it

By BranFlakes1981
Written October 21, 2009
The laughter of children filled the auditorium during this movie. I thought it was pretty cute but nothing really spectacular. I heard adults laughing every once in a while but it's nothing like The Incredibles or Robots. The kids who went with me, absolutely loved it but I was just happy that I didn't spend my money to view it...
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Too sad for most children (and parents)

By radfrog
Written October 30, 2009
My 8 year old son said this movie was "too sad" for him. I totally agreed with him. Since when should the death of a child have a place in a kid's movie? My son thought up two or three different ways the writers could have introduced Astro Boy that did not involve killing anyone. But I guess he has more imagination than the writers of this sad movie. That said, the animation was fine, the voice acting decent, and one or two of the secondary plots (the Robot Revolutionary Front comes to mind) were actually funny. Leave the smaller kids at home and take a box of kleenex if you must see this.
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Astro Boy

By Raven-Maniac
Written November 05, 2009
Took my 3-1/2 year old son to see it. What an excellent movie. Good from start to finish. He loved it and sat and watched the entire movie. I asked him afterwards if he liked and he gave me the biggest smile and said yeah dad I liked the dog garbage can.
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