Steamboy (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes


Steamboy (2005)



Critic Consensus: The story isn't the greatest, but there's an abundance of sci-fi eye candy to compensate.

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Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira (1988), returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and scientists are arriving in Britain to hawk their products while capitalism rears its ugly head. A gadget-happy British lad named Ray (voice of Anna Paquin) receives a mysterious package from his grandfather Lloyd Steam (Patrick Stewart) -- a tiny ball that turns out to be an engine toting immense power. As it happens, several of these little balls run the O'Hara pavilion, a massive, mobile fortress. Ray later discovers that his dad and grandfather are located inside of the pavilion; his dad, Eddie, has become mesmerized by O'Hara and subject to their whims, while Lloyd suspects that O'Hara may want to use the balls for nefarious purposes, and tries to put a definitive end to those plans. Indeed, the O'Hara people soon take over the Great Exhibition and turn it into a veritable circus for weapons dealers. Meanwhile, Ray starts to develop feelings for a young girl named Scarlett O'Hara.

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Anna Paquin
as James Ray Steam
Anne Suzuki
as Ray Steam
Manami Konishi
as Scarlett O'Hara
Alfred Molina
as Dr. Edward Steam
Katsuo Nakamura
as Dr Loyd Steam
Patrick Stewart
as Dr. Lloyd Steam
Kari Wahlgren
as Miss Scarlett
Masatane Tsukayama
as Eddie Steam (Japanese Version)
Kiyoshi Kodama
as Robert Stephenson
Kim Thomson
as Mrs. Steam
Oliver Cotton
as Robert Stephenson
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Critic Reviews for Steamboy

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (33)

It may be one of the most expensive anime features ever, but there isn't a wealth of entertainment on offer in Steamboy.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a sensationally designed piece of work.

August 19, 2005

Its problem is not a lack of things to look at. There's plenty of them, and they're all cool. It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.

May 20, 2005 | Full Review…

The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.

May 20, 2005 | Full Review…

Until it careers into cacophony ... it's a lot of fun.

April 1, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Steamboy, ultimately, shares deep-seated themes with the futuristic Akira. Both offer cautionary tales about scientific responsibility and the evils of war. And both look pretty cool, too.

March 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Steamboy

Steamboy is wonderfully animated, a highly imaginative production. While it is true that the feature is a bit thin on plot and characters, this is an action film and the action does not disappoint.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable none the less. A bit long in my opinion, but lots of cool concepts and visuals.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

This Japanese computer-generated anime is cool, starts out as a nice Jule Verne-style adventure, but the story is too complicated and talky to maintain momentum. Animation of the machines is smooth and graceful, but the characters are stiff and charmless.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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