Parents' Guide to

Max Steel

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Toy-based superhero action movie is forgettable.

Movie PG-13 2016 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+

Just no

age 4+


No way would the response be the way Hollywood sees it. The acting needs work as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (12):

Surprisingly unfunny and dull, this action figure-based superhero adventure is a waste of talented supporting actors Bello and Andy Garcia (who plays Max's dad's former business partner). Both are consummate thespians, but even though they do their best with the thin material, they can't save Max Steel from being forgettable. And although Winchell has performed well on TV shows like Finding Carter, he isn't charismatic in this uninspiring role.

But that's not (all) his fault, because while initially promising, the movie devolves into a snooze with predictable enemies and a plot that's got so many holes it seems desperate for a sequel it absolutely shouldn't indulge. Steel isn't half as funny as he should be -- but next to loner Max, at least he tries. Love interest Sophia (Ana Villafañe) is limited to playing the "cool girl" who knows how to fix a car and a bike; there's little chemistry between her and Winchell. Ultimately this is the kind of film you might stream for bored tweens, but that's not worth the price of admission.

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