Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "The only reason Real Steel exists is because Hugh Jackman needed a paycheck and he didn’t want to play as Wolverine. Other than that the film is as shallow as a puddle. It brings nothing new to the table in terms of story, acting and even special effects. It’s a talentless director trying to channel his inner Michael Bay for special effects, but realizing that he doesn’t have the budget to make an action picture, instead he hires whoever he can to fill the cast list and tries to make a father son bonding film that evokes no emotions from its audience. It does however evoke the feeling of being sick to my stomach. Real Steel is a disaster of a film that tries being two different movies and ends up being nothing but scrap metal."