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Indeed, the entire script is a thing of beauty. Stark possesses a bone-dry sense of humor that reveals itself throughout the film.
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.
A grand superhero movie that features a brilliant performance by Robert Downey Jr., in one of his best roles.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Iron Man is funny without being silly, yet can kick ass to the moon and back when the chips are down.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
As a first franchise entry and a blockbuster to kick off the summer season, Iron Man proves to be an excellent introduction.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: B
Clever and cogent beats idiotic and incoherent, and Iron Man is spryer than the overwhelming majority of films in its budget range.
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.
| Original Score: 7.8/10
Intriguing for its meta-narrative of celebrity redemption
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.0/5
A slickly-attractive, well-cast and solidly-constructed piece of mainstream action-adventure entertainment.
A supremely confident, well-tooled entertainment. It's bound to be the early pace-maker for the oncoming glut of summer blockbusters.
Downey is at his charismatic best, rendering believable Stark's transformation from self-indulgent jerk to socially conscious crusader.
The story is so rich and complex that Favreau is going to have a near-impossible task of outdoing himself with the inevitable sequel.
Forget those loser Superheroes from Planet Teen Angst.
Go see it.