In a fight, how will 'Real Steel' compare to your favorite robot movies?


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In Hollywood, only evil robots are truly robotic. For every relentless killing machine, like the ones depicted in the Terminator franchise, there are scores of “clinking, clanking, clattering collections of caliginous junk” who reveal that humanity isn’t exclusively human. In fact, some robots prove to be more humane than their creators. Hence, the key to a great robot movie it to convey something true about our flesh-and-bone selves. Orrrrrr… to shatter the eyeballs of the audience with a CG-enhanced wargasm of violence with apocalyptic ramifications. The best robot movies, actually, do both, marrying the spectacular with the profound. It’s not an easy task, but Real Steel, Hugh Jackman’s robot-boxing movie that opens in theaters Oct. 7, aims to connect on both accounts. Atom, the underdog robot Jackson’s over-the-hill pug teaches to be a prizefighter, resembles the Iron Giant and seems to have the heart of a champion.

But will the movie ultimately take its place in the class of the greatest robot movies of all time? How will it compare with Terminator 2: Judgment Day — chosen for this poll over its predecessor because it features two battling robots — or the sublimely poetic WALL•E? What is your favorite robot movie ever made? Vote below.

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  • Therealeverton

    Heard some great things about this film. I know it’s changed a lot from Steel (The short story & Twilight Zone episode it is based on) but it has promise…

  • Ceppro

    I dunno about this one. It just looks bad to me. I don’t know why.
    BTW, Hugh Jackman = Rock Hudson of our time.

  • PastorGuy

    You forgot the best robot movie of all time: ‘Robot Jox’

    • TP

      I agree Robot Jox is a classic

  • Monty


    One of the best movie moments. Ever.

  • Deb

    I thought “I, Robot” was really good. This movie looks okay. I will usually go see any movie with Hugh Jackman in it.

  • JPX

    I was excited to see Real Steel until the trailers made it abundantly clear that the precocious little kid is going to be in every scene. It’s The Phantom Menace all over again. No thanks.

  • kim in kentucky

    Original title: Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots: The Movie !

  • Liz


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  • TP

    Absolutely. This was the first movie I thought of when I saw the trailer.

  • Shar

    This movie reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons I saw. I’ll pass enough with the robots ughh.

  • Cornflake Girl

    Shame the Battlestar Galactica miniseries isn’t on the list, I know it isn’t really a movie but it is my favourite, by a long shot.

  • Michael

    Saw a sneak peek with Nielsen. Trailer does not do this film justice. It is actually a great popcorn movie. You will have more fun watching this in the theatre than at home.

  • Joe

    This my was dope I saw the screening for it (screening is a preview of the whole movie)

  • viviennewestwood

    Great article. I can¡¯t wait to hear more about your research tool. If it is as good as your other products, then you will have another winner. Your article pretty much summed up what I have been seeing too. Great to see some hard data.

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