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Iron Man Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Downey acquits himself well enough during the action sequences in 'Iron Man,' but there just aren't enough of them and the existing ones could use a boost.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

May 5, 2008
Prairie Miller

Sporting a novel brand of swinger superhero, Iron Man's got goofy Robert Downey Jr. wisecracking his way through unlikely feats and fantasy politics, with all the determination of someone who just wandered in from the corner bar.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 7, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Light on both CGI and moral quandaries, [it posesses] neither the zip and sparkle of a Spider-Man nor the brooding existential subtexts of Batman Begins.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Iron Man ... is really a four-act play in a three-act movie.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...suffers from an uneven and increasingly oppressive structure that ultimately negates the film's few positive attributes...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2008
Jackie K. Cooper

Too slow on the take off

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

May 5, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Hoping to blend comic book superhero thrills ... with the relevance of the real war-torn world, 'Iron Man,' directed by Jon Favreau, fails at both endeavors.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

June 5, 2008
Brandon Judell

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.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

January 8, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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There's a slightly depressed, going-through-the-motions feel to the entire show.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 28, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Downey's unbeatable charisma makes these problems less troublesome than they would be otherwise, but wouldn't it be nice if they didn't exist at all?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 1, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Toggling between Stark's impish goatee and Iron Man's full-metal body condom, and amid so many generic fireballs, kill shots and earsplitting thumps, bumps and crunches, the film finally collapses under its own weight.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 1, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

Despite the convulsively jittery address to the role, [Downey] is never in the smallest degree engaging in the way director Jon Favreau appears to think.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2008
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Though he's been given A-list treatment...Iron Man can't escape being a little--dare I say it?--tinny....It doesn't crash, but it doesn't soar, either.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

May 2, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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When Iron Man is zooming above bejewelled southern California, I expected a thundering lyricism but instead settled for some routine CGI stunts. I suppose it's asking too much for a great actor to be matched up with a great director.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 2, 2008
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Garden-variety pop heroism/wish-fulfillment marinated in Robert Downey Jr.'s effortless insouciant sauce.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

May 7, 2008
Armond White
New York Press

Iron Man is a dispiriting attempt to apply superficial principles to inherently silly kid culture.

Full Review Source: New York Press

May 7, 2008
Margaret Barton-Fumo
Stop Smiling

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.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

May 14, 2014
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week

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.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week

August 4, 2013
Patrick Rollens
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

April 12, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 25, 2012
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