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3,067 Ratings

The Iron Giant

Directed by Brad Bird
United States, 1999
Animation, Action, Adventure


Set in a small town in Maine during the 1950s, an eight-year-old boy befriends a gentle alien robot at the same time a U.S. government agent arrives in the town to destroy it.

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The Iron Giant Directed by Brad Bird

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Feature Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1999 | 2nd place: Best Animated Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1999 | Winner: Best Animation

Hugo Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

It captures and crystallizes its source material’s anxious, humane spirit. It might be the most empathetic and exhilarating mainstream American animated feature ever made, a close cousin in form and feeling to the most sublime titles of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli.
June 16, 2018
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At first glance, The Iron Giant seems like an easy film to pigeonhole. It’s a kids’ classic in the most traditional sense, with a brisk 86-minute running time that charts the growing friendship between a boy and his metal friend who fell from the stars. If you were feeling ungenerous you could call it E.T. with a robot. But beyond that deceptively simple synopsis there’s a story that actually adds up to one of the most authentic and powerful superhero films ever made.
February 10, 2016
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