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Iron Man 2 Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 15, 2013
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 15, 2013
The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 6, 2010
It's enjoyable to see a quality superhero dynamically and enthusiastically rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 14, 2010
Rourke puts a human face, albeit a bashed one, on comic book villainy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 7, 2010
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 7, 2010
Superhero Stark remains intriguing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 7, 2010
It's a solid blockbuster with a few faults that you just don't mind overlooking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 6, 2010
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man? OK, pretty good. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark? Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 6, 2010
Casting the likes of Downey and Rourke and then imprisoning them in jointed refrigerators is resource-squandering of the highest order.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2010
The movie settles into a series of ho-hum conflicts and complications, and the requisite slam-bang ending is perfunctory at best.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 6, 2010
[Downey] gives Iron Man 2 its fascination. The rest is a cluttered, clattering toy story.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 6, 2010
This sequel, alas, settles for old elements in a new alloy -- less iron, lots more lead and tin.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 6, 2010
The general excellence of the casting trumps the inarguable excellence of the technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
This cluttered, awkward blockbuster is held together by safety pins and movie-star charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2010
Favreau's a workmanlike filmmaker who gets virtuoso performances from his leads, particularly Paltrow and Cheadle, but most of all Downey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 6, 2010
The action sequences are fun, though not as exhilarating as in the 2008 original, and the dialogue can be zingy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 6, 2010
Downey still has plenty of moments of charm (nobody kicks a car aside as casually as this guy), and most of the action sequences are lively and fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 6, 2010
You're left wanting more, but not quite the "more" Iron Man 2 works so hard to supply.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 6, 2010
It's a clean, efficient, somewhat generic piece of storytelling and most of the additions are not subtractions. This passes for success in the summer movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 6, 2010
The franchise still has a lot of spark, but next time they need to clean the corrosion off the batteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2010
"I think I did OK," says Tony at the end. But I think he could have done better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 6, 2010
It's not a feast, it's a quick fix. You want bombs? You want quips? You want tech? You got 'em. Now go away . . . and come back next July.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 6, 2010
There are too many new characters, too many crossing story lines, not enough romance and our hero's a smug jerk for the first half hour. Who cares? Iron Man 2 still rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2010
I don't want to see his vulnerable side. I want to see him kicking 'bots and taking names. And there's precious little of that here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 6, 2010
Not better but pretty good nonetheless.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2010
Iron Man 2 emerges as a movie that's at war, not between Iron Man and his surfeit of enemies, but between two different movie-making instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 6, 2010
Often playing like it has been jury-rigged from bits and pieces of a longer, smarter movie, Iron Man 2 seems chiefly intended as a placeholder for its next dozen or so sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 6, 2010
The substance of the original Iron Man, the brain and the soul that set it apart from the typical seasonal fare and made it one of the best films of 2008, also have been blown to bits.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
Although it's stuffed with subplots, gadgets and bad guys, this tinny contraption is half-hearted.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
May 6, 2010
It is all very-very-very entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 6, 2010
[Downey's] innate charisma, his ability to deliver cutting lines of dialogue with the perfect inflection, and his capacity to overcome narrative shortcomings are reasons why Iron Man 2 works better than one might suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 6, 2010
Iron Man 2 is more of a set-up for the upcoming Avengers picture than a stand-alone adventure -- a puzzling and unexpected disappointment, considering how fresh and entertaining the first picture was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 5, 2010
There's so much clunky exposition in the script attributed to Justin Theroux that it seems forever before the first action sequence, which has surprisingly mediocre special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 5, 2010
This sequel to the 2008 mega-blockbuster fires on more cylinders than the first film, yet relies on star Robert Downey Jr. more than it does kinetic energy and rock 'em-sock 'em technology (which it has in spades).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2010
Downey's head and heart are in the right place, but the movie is more in pieces than whole, and more about iron than about men.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2010
Bigger, louder and dumber than its predecessor, Iron Man 2 is still a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2010
What saves it is Favreau's work with the cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2010
Iron Man 2 is a polished, high-ozone sequel, not as good as the original but building once again on a quirky performance by Robert Downey Jr.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2010
If the morality, the pathos of death, the tenderness of the would-be romance between Tony Stark/Iron Man and his assistant, Pepper Potts, are missing, Iron Man 2 is still a fun ride.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 5, 2010
Has it finally happened? Hard as it is to type, Robert Downey Jr. may have reached obnoxiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 4, 2010
It's the promiscuously talented Downey who adds the grace notes that make Iron Man 2 something to remember.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 3, 2010
To find a comic-book hero who doesn't agonize over his supergifts, and would defend his constitutional right to get a kick out of them, is frankly a relief.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 3, 2010
It doesn't come close to the emotional heft of those two rare 2s that outclassed their ones: Superman 2 and Spider-Man 2. But Iron Man 2 hums along quite nicely.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 27, 2010
Iron Man 2 is a lot of fun: it's shiny, likeable and never boring. But it's also wildly uneven and unnecessarily convoluted, leaving the viewer unsatisfied and hungry for something more substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 27, 2010
Iron Man 2 isn't as much fun as its predecessor, but by the time the smoke clears, it'll do.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 27, 2010
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2010
As sequels go, this one is acceptable, nothing more, nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5