Iron Man Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 25, 2014

Iron Man never feels like a laboured prologue that's simply laying the groundwork for further instalments. It's a zippy, action-packed adventure in its own right, boasting top-drawer special effects and some cracking action sequences.

Margaret Barton-Fumo
Stop Smiling
May 14, 2014

Iron Man trumps his morally compromised, brooding heroic brethren with the best setback of them all: He has no superpowers. He's just a man with a smart mouth and a head for figures in a really cool, practically indestructible iron suit.

Total Film
August 4, 2013

This is buoyant, bright, a constant breeze. But still it hovers somewhere on the superhero-adap spectrum between the good and the great.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
August 4, 2013

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.

Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 4, 2013

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.

Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Rollens
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2013

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

Brandon Judell
January 8, 2013

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.

John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 25, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
July 14, 2010

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.

Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laremy Legel
Top Critic
July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Adam Nayman
Reverse Shot
July 6, 2010

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

Ian Buckwalter
June 12, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009

Intriguing for its meta-narrative of celebrity redemption

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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.

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