Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Director Shawn Levy‘s latest flick features one thousand pound robots battling it out in the squared-circle. In the near future humans get traded out for machines and the sport of boxing takes a rapid incline in popularity and relevance. Real Steel at its oily core is a film about a father and son relationship that has seen more downs than it has ups. The script calls for no emotions from either of its two wooden leads and while the robotic special effects look great, they’re just a cover-up for the films failed attempt at making an inspiring underdog film about a boy and his robot. Real Steel is scrap metal in the most expensive form."