Parents' Guide to

Real Steel

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Predictable but fun fight movie has lots of robot action.

Movie PG-13 2011 126 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 10+

Really enjoyed the movie

We watched it with my 10 year old son and we loved it.
age 18+

super scary and intense

there was a lot of robot violence like how noisy boy's head got chopped off and then blood just went everywhere (or his juice or something but in a robots case that's like blood) so that was really disturbing also the kid and the dad swears like what the heck why would the kid swear hes only like 10 11 not a good role model and like ambush's leg fell off and there was like a bunch of green stuff coming out of it and that's where the too much drugs come from because green stuff leaks out of his leg when the bull kills him. another thing that i think is really weird is that the robot explodes and blood flies onto everyones face when metro dies. it was super disturbing as the noisy boy death too. the robot fights were super intense. also there was one very disturbing and intense scene, where charlie and max get beaten up and my kids were crying very loudly because they were super scared for there life when charlie was getting creamed and destroyed and there was a bunch of blood so it was very weird and violent i rate it rated R because super scary and there is too much blood involved and too many drugs there is also a little thing but what ever that my review would not recommend for 3 yr olds

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37):
Kids say (82):

REAL STEEL doesn't break new cinematic ground; it's an amalgam -- like the robots featured in it -- of many other movies (imagine Rocky meeting RoboCop). Can the audience predict what comes next, considering that it borrows so much from every other fight film (with a little father-son drama thrown in for good measure)? Duh.

Yet REAL STEEL is surprisingly enjoyable -- as long as you dial down your expectations. Yes, it's shlocky, but Goyo and Jackman share a believable chemistry, and the young actor is just plain terrific. (Lilly doesn't have much to work with, though what she does reminds us how great she is.) It's hard to believe how carried away you can get cheering on a pair of robots in a ring. Expect it to happen, so our advice is to just go with it.

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