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Iron Man (2008)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 242
Fresh: 226 | Rotten: 16

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


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 5

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



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From Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures comes Iron Man, an action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil. In addition to being filthy rich, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark is also a genius inventor. When Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a diabolical weapon, he instead uses his intelligence and ingenuity to construct an indestructible suit of armor and escape his captors.

Sep 30, 2008


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Robert Downey Jr. gives a nicely sardonic performance as Tony Stark, a rich playboy and the brilliant heir to his father's weapons manufacturing dynasty.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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There are a few scenes in Iron Man that make you realize why we rely on giant studios and big budgets come the summer months.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:
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A supremely confident, well-tooled entertainment. It's bound to be the early pace-maker for the oncoming glut of summer blockbusters.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Downey is at his charismatic best, rendering believable Stark's transformation from self-indulgent jerk to socially conscious crusader.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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At the end of the day it's Robert Downey Jr. who powers the lift-off separating this from most other superhero movies.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
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The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise throbs with dramatic energy.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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This is buoyant, bright, a constant breeze. But still it hovers somewhere on the superhero-adap spectrum between the good and the great.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Iron Man is better when Robert Downey Jr. is alone on the screen than when he's sharing it. It's when those inconvenient other people show up that the movie loses its way.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

The key, of course, is Downey, who effortlessly conveys that his newfound sense of responsibility isn't going to stop him from having a good time, and in doing so, Iron Man makes saving the world look like fun again.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

In an exemplary piece of casting, Downey Jr gives a powerhouse performance, adding depth and believability to his character as both self-indulgent waster and do-gooder superhero.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Indeed, the entire script is a thing of beauty. Stark possesses a bone-dry sense of humor that reveals itself throughout the film.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Why did Iron Man seem so slight to me when I've watched it on my computer? Quite possibly these "event" pictures need a huge screen and a pounding sound system to convince viewers of their worth.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: CultureCatch

A grand superhero movie that features a brilliant performance by Robert Downey Jr., in one of his best roles.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Iron Man is funny without being silly, yet can kick ass to the moon and back when the chips are down.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

With its first self-financed production, Marvel has produced one of the best superhero movies ever made, pure popcorn pleasure for its special effects, its story, its villain, and its hero.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

As a first franchise entry and a blockbuster to kick off the summer season, Iron Man proves to be an excellent introduction.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

If this is a taster for something even more impressive in the sequel touted for 2010, there is already a reason to get excited as the more we see of Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, the better.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

A completely different superhero movie which not only delights visually, but also engrosses with a very well adapted, character driven story of a redemptive figure who becomes the ultimate global hero.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Clever and cogent beats idiotic and incoherent, and Iron Man is spryer than the overwhelming majority of films in its budget range.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
Reverse Shot

If anyone doubted Marvel's ability to make the leap to full fledged studio, their first effort, Iron Man, should be enough to erase all doubts.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Intriguing for its meta-narrative of celebrity redemption

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

At its best, Iron Man serves as an unlikely vehicle for the irrepressible Downey, who redeems it from tedium with the apt one-liner and pratfall.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Iron Man is an appealing superhero movie. It's also clunky. It's welded together out of disparate pieces that clank and ping. Though at times it's leaden, Iron Man also has enough moments of pizazz to intermittently soar.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

A slickly-attractive, well-cast and solidly-constructed piece of mainstream action-adventure entertainment.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Iron Man

Playboy and weapons manufacturer Tony Stark is captured by terrorists and builds a robotic suit of armour to escape. When he returns to find his company has been selling its arms to the bad guys, he sets about making things right. Iron Man was the first comic I bought as a kid, and I must say the big screen version really does do the character justice. Robert Downey Jr. does such a great job as Tony Stark, within 10 minutes I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the part. The suit looks fantastic and has a really cool manga-esque functionality about it. The action sequences are also really well staged, especially Iron Man's first "mission" in which he returns to take out the terrorist cell who imprisoned him, Iron Man coming across a super-cool, updated badass version of Robocop. The only real weakness of the film is the predictability of the plot; there's little here I hadn't seen before. The idea of a millionaire using military technology to go vigilante was covered by Batman, and it lacks the dark tone and intelligent psychology of Batman Begins. The comedy aspect involving his learning to use his new "powers" was very reminiscent of Spiderman, and the climactic battle bears more than a passing resemblance to the final battle of Robocop II. It also lacks a really strong villain, Jeff Bridges coming across as a kind of less charismatic version of Lex Luther. But one thing it most definitely is, is entertaining. A tried and tested formula executed with real panache.
March 4, 2014
xGary Xx

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This was really not half bad. Nice effects and good acting on Downey's part.
July 20, 2013
Jennifer D

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Having one of the most admirable backstories in the history of Marvel Studios, Iron Man comes out on top as an explosive action film that has so much heart. It has been a long time since I have had many great things to say about a superhero film. Robert Downey Jr. kills it as Tony Stark, while the character alone sells himself. The visual effects are very impressive and the acting by the entire cast is great. This is a superhero film that anyone can become invested in. As far as super heroic scripts go, this film is superbly written and jaw-droppingly entertaining at the same time, and I admire Jon Favreau for directing such a fantastic feature. Sure, there are times that it can be a pretty cheesy and the film may seem to get old after a few times of viewing, but first hand, this film is downright phenomenal!
July 12, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Obadiah Stane: Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!
    – Submitted by Alec B (6 months ago)
    1. Obadiah Stane: Give up Tony! My suit is more superior to yours in every way!
    2. Tony Stark: How'd you solve the icing problem?
    3. Obadiah Stane: Icing problem?
    4. Tony Stark: Might want to look into it.
    – Submitted by Andrew D (11 months ago)
    1. Tony Stark: Give me a scotch. I'm starving.
    – Submitted by gage l (12 months ago)
    1. Tony Stark: [when Pepper catches him in the Iron Man suit] Let's face it, this is not the worst thing you've caught me doing.
    – Submitted by David G (16 months ago)
    1. Tony Stark: We gotta go. Come on, move with me. We got a plan, and we're going to stick to it.
    2. Yinsen: This was always the plan, Stark...
    3. Tony Stark: Come on, you're going to go see your family. Get up.
    4. Yinsen: My family is dead, Stark... and I'm going to see them now. It's okay, I want this... I want this.
    5. Tony Stark: Thank you for saving me.
    6. Yinsen: Don't waste it... don't waste your life, Stark.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (17 months ago)
    1. Obadiah Stane: When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give. You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (18 months ago)
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