(2004)

Critic Reviews

66

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Visually stunning animation.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
It's a roller-coaster action film that thunders along with top-notch set pieces and studiously researched period settings. The only letdown is that the focus on action drowns out any character development.
75
Boys of all ages, by contrast, will be mesmerized by the relentless, breathtakingly visualized action.
75
A fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.
75
New York Post
Gorgeously detailed animated adventure.
75
Premiere
Though Steamboy could have been smarter and more dramatically engineered, this razzle-dazzle ride won't disappoint if you just need to blow off a little you-know-what.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The narrative here may be strictly nuts and bolts, but as an achievement in graphic design, Steamboy is first class.
67
Entertainment Weekly
It's nifty to behold, but about the only drama in Steamboy lies in waiting for this colossal hovering machine-monster to blow a gasket.
50
There may be possibilities here, but they're lost in the extraordinary boredom of a long third act devoted almost entirely to loud, pointless and repetitive action.
50
New York Daily News
The weak story and bland hero are no match for the increasingly exciting visuals, while the score by Steve Jablonsky should be on exhibit in the Hall of Lead.
50
Chicago Tribune
Though Katsuhiro Otomo's animated Victorian-era adventure Steamboy stars British characters, it's a Japanese film through and through.

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