The Iron Giant Synopsis
A Maine boy befriends a gentle, 50-foot robot with an insatiable appetite for metal.

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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's an antidote to complacency. The question is, whom is it trying to wake up?
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Heart and tenderness are rare in cartoon movies. But in an age of frenetic children's fare, the new animated adventure The Iron Giant dares...
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93

Mr. Showbiz

By Cody Clark
Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
At times, The Iron Giant is more serene than it needs to be, but it's a lovely and touching daydream.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Keeps its sense of humor while dealing with serious issues.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not just a cute romp but an involving story that has something to say.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This remarkably clever, often hilarious animation derives much of its humor from its satirical view of the 1950s.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
We are happy to report there is intelligent life in feature animation beyond planet Disney and the gaseous ball of foul language known as...
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Touching robot-kid friendship tale with great messages.
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