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Iron Man (2008)



Critic Consensus: Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.

Movie Info

Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Marcum, Matthew Hollaway, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2008
Box Office: $318.3M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Jeff Bridges
as Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Pepper Potts
Leslie Bibb
as Christine Everhart
Shaun Toub
as Yinsen
Clark Gregg
as Agent Coulson
Bill Smitrovich
as Gen. Gabriel
Sayed Badreya
as Abu Bakaar
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Critic Reviews for Iron Man

All Critics (267) | Top Critics (50)

Led by Downey's career-resurrecting performance as billionaire weapons peddler Tony Stark, it proves just as indispensable to the movie's giddy escapist appeal as the seamless CGI effects and eye-popping pyrotechnics.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Orange County Register
Top Critic

His well-honed acting chops aside, a big reason the casting of Downey as Stark works so darn well is that incorrigible streak, which he somehow always has been able to balance with an irrepressible likability and which he uses to full effect here.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015

Injecting the brilliantly bright, quick, and clever life force that is Robert Downey Jr. into the comic-book superhero realm is a masterstroke, a kick in the head to the tired franchises of the genre.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Downey updates the superhero prototype with a unique blend of bravado and wit.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Maclean's Magazine

Iron Man is enjoyable, snappily scripted, unpatronising entertainment, but it can't dispel a niggling sense that it's not quite as good as you want it to be.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Independent on Sunday

While Iron Man seems to be an OK comic-book flick, I wish it could've been just as sparkling as Downey's performance. But hey, it could've been worse.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Audience Reviews for Iron Man

This was one of the best super hero movies ive seen yet. Robert Downey

John Manard

Super Reviewer


I admit, I was expecting this to be dreadful but I was wrong, its amazingly very good. The usual obvious origins story line of course with everything you tend to expect when a super heroic legend begins. The first thing that hit me was the suit, its sex on a stick for sure! it looks so so damn cool. The way it attaches itself to Downey and locks in place, the HUD display in the helmet, the weapons on the arm sections, its fantastic, finally there's a competitor to the Stormtrooper armour.

This is what I wanna see for the next Robocop, but with a more violent tone of course. This movie shows what can be done if done right, how 'Transformers' could have looked, its very impressive indeed. Not only are the actual Iron Man suits extremely well made for real in certain sequences, but the CGI is top notch in other outlandish sequences.

I'm no fan of CGI I won't deny but even this shocked me, I fully expected this film to look bad obvious plastic and fake, but bugger me if the CGI wasn't fudging amazing! Best damn CGI I've seen in ages, I loved the new shiny looking suit effects but I loved the battered scratched used CGI effects even more. It could of been so easy to keep everything looking nice sparkly and new, but like Star Wars the used universe works wonders and a beaten up Iron Man suit looks brilliant.

The first action scene where Stark gets back at the terrorists that captured him is excellent, really action packed and gets you right into the action and wanting more. You really get behind Stark as he powers the terrorists through walls and takes them out with tiny missiles, superb intro for the suit with an awesome and highly grounded action sequence (wouldn't blame you for thinking any action was gonna be hokey).

The finale battle with bridges character is a little silly and kinda loses that realistic feel, really goes into the comicbook realms and almost looks a bit like 'Transformers' at times *shudders!*. Its still handled well and of course looks excellent, much better than Bay's robot film as you can actually make out what's going on. Plus its not too over the top, it just about remains reasonably sensible...well as sensible as a comicbook action flick goes anyway.

The cast is also spot on for once, Downey is great as Stark, his humour is dry witty sarcastic and does raise a giggle for the older audience members. Bridges does look powerful and evil as the bald villain, he has that deep thick voice which serves him well, didn't see quite enough of him being evil here. Paltrow was also OK, a little annoying with her screams all the time but I guess that's what heroines do in these type of films.

There were a few bits I didn't get on with too well, when he's captured by the terrorists he makes his initial suit very quickly, a little too quickly maybe. At the end he refers to himself as Iron Man but this is never mentioned throughout, it just pops up at the end which is weird. Why does he tell the world he is Iron Man at the end? did he make up the name there and then? and why does he show the injury on his chest with a circular glow? surely that's just asking for trouble. Maybe these are things you know if your a fanboy. I would like to ask for no more bloody Stan Lee cameos, Jesus!...yes you made up the characters, we get it, get of your high horse already.

Anyway, yes this was a great fun film for everyone to enjoy. Still very surprised it turned out so well and with such good looking CGI! Would have laid money on this being a childish poor looking mess. For once I am looking forward to a sequel.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Without a dull moment, Iron Man is a triumph of an action movie due to great action sequences and an excellent, charismatic performance from Robert Downey Jr.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Iron Man Quotes

Christine Everhart: You've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?
Tony Stark: Absolutely ridiculous, I don't paint.
– Submitted by James T (9 months ago)
Tony Stark: Divert power to chest RT.
– Submitted by Chimo H (9 months ago)
Obadiah Stane: Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!
– Submitted by Alec B (2 years ago)
Obadiah Stane: Give up Tony! My suit is more superior to yours in every way!
Tony Stark: How'd you solve the icing problem?
Obadiah Stane: Icing problem?
Tony Stark: Might want to look into it.
– Submitted by Andrew D (3 years ago)

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