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Iron Man 2 (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 275
Fresh: 201 | Rotten: 74

It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 19

It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.

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As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the

Sep 28, 2010

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All Critics (275) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (201) | Rotten (74) | DVD (14)

As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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The best scenes are still the ones with Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow (as Stark's charm-resistant assistant, Pepper Potts), or just Downey alone. The rest feels like padding, which is something a sleek-suited superhero shouldn't need.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
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It's enjoyable to see a quality superhero dynamically and enthusiastically rendered.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Rourke puts a human face, albeit a bashed one, on comic book villainy.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
Christian Science Monitor
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Even the director...seems to view the heavy clanking of mechanized men as a bit of a chore: the kind of well-prepared yet unremarkable meat course that must inevitably follow the delightful amuse bouche of Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Stark.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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It's much more fun to create a franchise than to doggedly sustain it.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Throws down the armored gauntlet to all the other summer blockbusters - bring your "A" game or be content being the season's second best movie.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Robert Downey Jr., plays Stark with a twinkle in his eye and a sense of fun, but can't quite stamp the same authority onto the film as he did in the first version.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

It's half the fun of the first movie and twice as convoluted.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Despite being more traditional in structure and theme than the original, Iron Man 2 offers just about everything anyone could ask for in a superhero spectacular, and then some.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The most cynical and calculating part of it all is that the movie never really finds a justification for its existence; except, that is, as a bald-faced setup for The Avengers.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Many people will probably not find this one up to par with the fun of the original, but personally, I ended up having more fun with this movie, so while I gave the original a mild recommendation, I can give this one a slightly stronger one.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I was predisposed to like Iron Man even if it starred David Hasselhoff wrapped in tinfoil ... Is it worth your time? Definitely. Is it the calibre of Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight? Afraid not.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

By rights, a superhero sequel should be darker, more intense and more dangerous, but Favreau is happy just to stay cool. That's all Iron Man's job has ever been, and frankly, that's fine by me.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

The bar has been set for the 2010 summer blockbusters.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... The visual effects, though solid, may brighten the screen but are a poor substitute for characterisation and style - those two absent friends who we miss the most during the show.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

In the land of sequels it's no Temple of Doom or Empire Strikes Back, but it's also not Rise of the Silver Surfer. Me and my box of Junior Mints, we still had a good time.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

Iron Man 2 isn't an ideal sequel but it is good, fixing most of the problems of the first movie without giving up what made it work to begin with.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Some critics may claim that the Iron Man films are simply dragging on a genre that's redundant (...) but my view is that it is rescuing a big part of the Marvel universe.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Robert Downey Jr squeezes back into ... Tony Stark's incredible suit ... and his charismatic presence gives the movie a bigger boost than his character's jet-propelled boots.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Iron Man bests the biggest adversaries of the superhero genre in his second outing: production troubles, sequel-bloat and overwhelming, unrestrained fanboy hype.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)
Quickflix

Fans will be satisfied, even if it doesn't match the nuanced and well-rounded brilliance of the first film. But many will be disappointed with this seemingly rushed follow-up.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (5)

...the movie offers an abundance of thrills, laughs, and interpersonal communications. Yeah, action and talk; a little something for everyone.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Iron Man 2

An enjoyable but overall letdown of a sequel with too many extra and irrelevant characters and stories and just goes a little too over the top with hitting the villain five times with a car and for some reason is not dead or injured, two popular Marvel characters with barely any screen time and just slows down too much and does not accomplish what the original did
February 25, 2014
allan913

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Not as great as the first one but a welcomed sequel. More exciting action.
December 27, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Just as good, if not better than the original. The story from the original may be the origins, but the action is much improved and the heart is displayed to be much stronger. The tones of this movie were much more enjoyable than the first, but it is brought down by don cheadle, who is good, but could never replace the likes of terrance howard. There were many more small plot lines in this film than the first, which kept me more interested. With a much more fun, action-packed ride over the original, it fullfilled my expectations dead-on, and it could not have been portrayed any better than it was. The great summer popcorn flick with a great story has a arrived and it is better than ever. Great start off to the summer movie season. I was on the edge of my seat with a smile on my face for the full 2 hours, and I was happy that it wasn't a let down. The execution was kind of thrown into perspective too fast, but it was saved by all the action within, great film and great performances. I actually teared up at some points, because this film truly knows how to show emotion!
July 12, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Tony Stark: I already told you, I don't wanna join your Super Secret Boy Band
    2. Nick Fury: Nah I remember you go it alone. How's that working out by the way?
    3. Tony Stark: It's you know it's, I'm sorry I don't wanna get off on the wrong foot here, do I look at your eye or the patch? I'm still hungover, I can't even tell if you're real or not.
    – Submitted by Matthew H (11 months ago)
    1. Pepper Potts: So now your Googling her?
    2. Tony Stark: I thought I was oogling her.
    – Submitted by Chris G (13 months ago)
    1. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: Hey, I want my bird.
    2. Justin Hammer: Uh, a bird? You want a bird?
    3. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: I want my bird.
    4. Justin Hammer: I can get you a bird, I can get you ten birds.
    5. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: I want MY bird!
    6. Justin Hammer: Well, nothing's impossible. Are we talkin--is this a bird, uh, back in Russia?
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
    1. Tony Stark: 'Mr. Stark displays compulsive behavior'. In my defense, that was last week. 'Prone to self-destructive tendencies' I was dying, please, and, aren't we all? 'Textbook narcissism'?...Agreed.
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
    1. Tony Stark: What do you want from me?
    2. Nick Fury: What do we want from you? No, what do you want from me? You have become a problem, a problem I have to deal with! Contrary to your belief, you are not the center of my universe! I have bigger than you in the southeast region to deal with!
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
    1. Natalie Rushman/Black Widow: Well done with the new chest piece. I'm reading significantly higher output and your vitals all look promising.
    2. Tony Stark: Yes, for the moment, I'm not dying. Thank you.
    3. Pepper Potts: What do you mean you're not dying?! Did you just say you're dying?!
    4. Tony Stark: Is that you? No, I'm not. Not anymore.
    5. Pepper Potts: What's going on?
    6. Tony Stark: I was going to tell you, I didn't want you to alarm you
    7. Pepper Potts: You were going to tell me? You really were dying?
    8. Tony Stark: You didn't let me.
    9. Pepper Potts: Why didn't you tell me that?
    10. Tony Stark: I was going to make you an omelet and tell you.
    11. Natalie Rushman/Black Widow: Hey, hey. Save it for the honeymoon. You got incoming, Tony. Looks like the fight's coming to you.
    12. Tony Stark: Great. Pepper?
    13. Pepper Potts: Are you okay now?
    14. Tony Stark: I'm fine. Don't be mad, I will formally apologize...
    15. Pepper Potts: I am mad!
    16. Tony Stark: When I'm not fending off a Hammeroid attack-
    17. Pepper Potts: Fine
    18. Tony Stark: We could've been in Venice.
    19. Pepper Potts: Oh please!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
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