Iron Man Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 15, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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 | Original Score: A
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Craig Outhier
Orange County Register
June 15, 2015
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 | Original Score: A-
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
June 15, 2015
Downey updates the superhero prototype with a unique blend of bravado and wit.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
June 15, 2015
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.
Craig D. Lindsey
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
June 15, 2015
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.
John Serba
MLive.com
June 15, 2015
Downey's performance is larger and more animated than the action and special effects; he's the heart beneath Iron Man's titanium plating and the best reason to see the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
June 15, 2015
Neither the message nor the sparingly used special effects get in the way of entertainment, proving Iron Man really is a throwback to a kinder, gentler and decidedly more fun era of subversive filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 15, 2015
What gives this its distinction [is] Robert Downey Jr, who is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 9, 2015
It's Downey who anchors the movie's mayhem and special effects with a caustic wit and an intense, centered humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Haddon
East Bay Express
June 9, 2015
Diehard fans will salivate, while newbies will find themselves drawn in by Downey's beguiling cool, his character's unexpected pathos, and a suit of armor we'll all want for Christmas.
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
June 9, 2015
Ultimately the inspired casting, snappy humour and whizz-bang technology are the equivalent of giving your old car a new coat of paint. Iron Man is entertaining, but it still runs on the same old superhero formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
June 9, 2015
Iron Man manages to be both a lot of fun, and quite possibly the most effective commentary on the war on terror that Hollywood has produced so far -- not the best argued or the most committed, but the one that most people will see, and think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rundle
SciFiNow
June 9, 2015
The real joy of Iron Man is its humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
MLive.com
June 9, 2015
He's slyly funny and charmingly despicable in the early stretches of the film, which seem to good-naturedly spoof Downey's wild-child image. He also manages to make Stark's (literal) change of heart thoroughly convincing.
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
June 9, 2015
Despite the crisis-of-conscience theme, all of this could have been pretty standard fare. But Favreau had the sense to cast Downey, who does for this potential franchise what Johnny Depp did for Pirates of the Caribbean.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 9, 2015
Director Jon Favreau builds a sturdy foundation for a franchise, an origins story that isn't as familiar as Batman's or Spider-Man's and unburdened by the angst of murdered relatives and messianic guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Curtis
This is London
June 9, 2015
There's a satisfyingly climactic CGI battle, but Downey Jr tops it in the witty denouement with pure acting skill.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 9, 2015
Powered by Downey's charisma and state-of-the-art visuals, actor-director Favreau's vibrant franchise-starter makes RoboCop look like Dixon of Dock Green.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
June 9, 2015
Iron Man presents us with the most inventive, dynamically DIY superhero ever seen on the big screen.
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