Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Real Steel Puts Up a Good Fight

Plus, The Ides of March is Certified Fresh.

by | October 7, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got boxing robots (Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman and Anthony Mackie) and a political scandal (The Ides of March, starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney). What do the critics have to say?

Real Steel


You wanna see giant robots punching each other? Then by all means go see Real Steel, say critics, but be prepared for some schmaltz. Hugh Jackman stars as a washed-up pugilist who gets a shot at both professional and personal redemption when he and his estranged son team up to build the ultimate fighting bot and take on all metallic comers. The pundits say Reel Steel is essentially robo-Rocky, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing; if it’s sappy at times, it’s also kinda sweet, and the robot fights are admittedly pretty awesome. (Check out Jackman’s best-reviewed movies here.)

The Ides of March


The Ides of March‘s message isn’t particularly novel — politics is a rough, cynical business — but critics say George Clooney’s latest directorial effort is a still smart tale of political intrigue with a terrific cast. Ryan Gosling stars as Stephen Meyers, the hotshot press secretary for a candidate (Clooney) who’s a tight race for Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits say that the Certified Fresh The Ides of March is able to overcome occasional narrative missteps thanks to outstanding performances and a genuine air of suspense. (Check out our feature on our list of movies with multi-Oscar-nominated casts.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Nominations disaster Animation ABC Family DC streaming service Warner Bros. Epix Arrowverse romance historical drama Cosplay 2018 GoT hispanic Cannes Masterpiece Red Carpet game of thrones cars war comiccon WGN Women's History Month Fox News crime CBS Reality Competition USA Network IFC spinoff spy thriller E! richard e. Grant kids Thanksgiving Captain marvel Hulu free movies Acorn TV cancelled TV series American Society of Cinematographers Ghostbusters Quiz Apple TV+ Superheroes TCA Drama casting Disney psycho crime thriller batman History TruTV Apple canceled TV shows award winner streaming Super Bowl TV Land DC Comics Vudu cats Superheroe Disney Channel GLAAD tv talk canceled Amazon 24 frames RT21 Best and Worst foreign biography X-Men cults TIFF miniseries crime drama Star Trek Comics on TV Mary Poppins Returns spanish language YA joker elevated horror singing competition FOX Martial Arts Columbia Pictures Reality President APB Tomatazos boxoffice Rock Tarantino Film Election finale Song of Ice and Fire Podcast Comic Book Fantasy DirecTV 2015 A&E MCU Chernobyl Box Office The Walking Dead SundanceTV supernatural YouTube Premium Year in Review blaxploitation Crackle Pride Month Tumblr 20th Century Fox Universal Photos Trivia latino sequel sports Anna Paquin DGA doctor who Infographic book Teen OWN Rocky FXX toy story theme song TCA 2017 Sneak Peek Binge Guide hist Bravo El Rey Lifetime First Reviews adaptation Ovation politics Extras Paramount Mary poppins Elton John Toys vampires VICE Television Academy CBS All Access series Summer YouTube Spike Stephen King nature Calendar travel TV renewals Nickelodeon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper based on movie children's TV SDCC TNT 2017 Heroines Pirates halloween Mindy Kaling Mary Tyler Moore Black Mirror justice league serial killer golden globes unscripted Star Wars Esquire cancelled television BBC America RT History spain Lucasfilm USA jamie lee curtis The Witch HBO dramedy adventure Trailer Logo thriller MTV Sci-Fi LGBTQ Musical diversity technology Interview Spring TV psychological thriller Pixar Cartoon Network Fall TV Sundance Now Awards Amazon Prime Video CNN revenge IFC Films dc composers GIFs Western 007 45 BBC Creative Arts Emmys comic Winners Christmas teaser 21st Century Fox talk show movies zombies zombie 2016 AMC YouTube Red WarnerMedia The CW transformers Video Games Rocketman Sony Pictures spider-man TCM cancelled TV shows south america Showtime space BET VH1 2019 Music ABC Lionsgate Oscars TV Walt Disney Pictures mutant HBO Max Schedule dragons Watching Series what to watch Opinion Marvel Netflix CW Seed ESPN sitcom anthology police drama witnail Valentine's Day Action Marathons 71st Emmy Awards Character Guide See It Skip It Starz docudrama discovery cinemax crossover anime period drama Freeform Film Festival LGBT Musicals game show The Arrangement ratings Winter TV Sundance San Diego Comic-Con television Chilling Adventures of Sabrina DC Universe PBS political drama robots Shudder New York Comic Con Spectrum Originals harry potter science fiction Biopics social media Awards Tour TLC Adult Swim Rom-Com Emmy Nominations zero dark thirty Paramount Network TBS Country Certified Fresh mockumentary Premiere Dates Comedy Central animated binge Comedy ITV Nat Geo stand-up comedy Mystery cops cooking green book aliens Horror MSNBC Amazon Prime festivals SXSW medical drama Mudbound quibi renewed TV shows Holidays Trophy Talk NYCC Syfy First Look FX Family slashers Brie Larson Pet Sematary Polls and Games Kids & Family cancelled NBC Grammys ghosts National Geographic Set visit strong female leads PaleyFest Disney Plus true crime Britbox facebook Disney streaming service dceu natural history Peacock Writers Guild of America Food Network Countdown Emmys Shondaland E3 CMT video Pop Dark Horse Comics