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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
One of the best films of the year thus far.
100
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 to show a lot of both, and it comes up a winner.
90
Salon.com
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.
88
Chicago Tribune
An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.
88
Charlotte Observer
Keeps its sense of humor while dealing with serious issues.
80
Still, the movie -- as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is -- has the annoyance of incredible smugness.
80
A smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.
80
Film.com
A terrific feature-length cartoon.
75
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
More intelligent and thought-provoking than the usual dumb and dull-witted fare for children.
75
USA Today
We are happy to report there is intelligent life in feature animation beyond planet Disney and the gaseous ball of foul language known as South Park.

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