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Iron Man 2 Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

It's much more fun to create a franchise than to doggedly sustain it.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 22, 2013
Michael Saba
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6/10

April 14, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

... 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.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

June 30, 2011
Matt Neal
The Standard

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.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2010
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Marvel are so excited about The Avengers that they've decided to make a 2-hour advert for it, pass it off as a film and charge admission.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

April 28, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

I cannot imagine that anyone intimately involved with the making of Iron Man 2 would ever, on their own dime and their own time, ever go to see a movie like Iron Man 2.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

May 15, 2010
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK

A series of carefully-planned, effects-heavy sequences strung together with slapdash storytelling, underdeveloped character ideas and the occasional funny line of dialogue.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 5/10

May 5, 2010
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine

Tony Stark is Dick Cheney's foreign policy driven by Grover Norquist's fiscal policy, sold to the public by Ari Gold. Very confusing.

Full Review Source: Flak Magazine | Original Score: 5/10

June 10, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This sequel, alas, settles for old elements in a new alloy -- less iron, lots more lead and tin.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 6, 2010
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

All this extra effort drains the inherent sense of what was fun about the original, darkening it with issues and complexities that unnecessarily muddy the crisp, clearly commercial premise.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 29, 2010
Leo Robson
Financial Times

Thanks to Downey Jr, this is a winning formula. Director Jon Favreau's mistake was to add to it.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Entertaining ... but long stretches of the movie are more fizzle than sizzle.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 7, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Crasser, noisier, more metallic

Full Review Source: CinePassion

July 6, 2010
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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While the title is "Iron Man 2," what we're being given is "Iron Man Squared." There's too much going on, and all the characters and plots and revelations and foreshadowings do not fill the film but bloat it.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2010
Clay Cane
BET.com

Aesthetically, 'Iron Man 2' is a polished flick. Plot wise, it's almost as bad as 'Catwoman.'

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: D+

May 13, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Everything fun and terrific about Iron Man, a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, Iron Man 2 has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.

April 27, 2010
Dan Brightmore
Little White Lies

This supposedly iron clad sequel is only fit to rust in the superhero scrap yard.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2010
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

The inevitable Iron Man 3 needs a better screenplay than this.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 7, 2010
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

Iron Man 2 could be Chaplin Meets The Wrestler Meets Shakespeare in Love Meets Stan Lee. Instead it's more The Stooges Meet Sara Lee.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

May 10, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

The film slumps into the doldrums early on, and truth is, it never recovers. For a film so heavy on characters, it's shamefully light on plot.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2010
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