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Iron Man 3 Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2013
Iron Man 3 has good things in it, enough to please the series' fans -- and yet too many drawbacks to win many converts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
The film's true strength is a snappy, whip-smart wit
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 6, 2013
The trouble is that, as the plot quickens, any cleverness withdraws, to make way for the firecrackers of the climax. That is not Black's forte, and his movie duly slumps into a mess.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 3, 2013
Shane Black excels at writing witty, self-referential, pop-infused banter, and there is no actor working today who is better suited to delivering it than Robert Downey Jr.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 3, 2013
Iron Man 3 feels like an exploitative mulching of present-day anxieties. The script is ambitious but not wise enough to be rightfully cathartic. It's more Cuisinart than art.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2013
The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 3, 2013
Black is good at giving his heroes a morbid, self-hating edge and even better at coming up with hateable villains.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2013
After a while, the steady diet of tongue-in-cheek starts to taste monotonous as day-old gum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2013
Just like he does with those crummy Sherlock Holmes movies, Downey elevates this rather flimsy material with his sheer presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
May 2, 2013
It would be just a special-effects-and-hardware extravaganza, with a dead-end script full of wrong turns, were it not for Robert Downey Jr. and a game and witty cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2013
By even posing questions of identity, the film creates the kind of jeopardy we can believe in, and for a superhero movie, that is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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May 2, 2013
Snappy dialogue, momentarily startling plot twists and lots of stuff blowing up.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 2, 2013
From its anxious protagonist and the battered metal sheaths he dons to save the world to the clattering, fiery mayhem that ensues with metronomic predictability, Iron Man 3 is less a movie than a final war whoop let loose before utter exhaustion sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 2, 2013
The third iteration of a franchise that began so well becomes a hollow hymn to martial gadgetry. The suits and story clank in unison.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 2, 2013
It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2013
The action plays like a video game because, well, it may as well be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 2, 2013
[Black] strikes a tone of pseudo-edgy frat-boy black comedy that's so retro it's almost charming.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2013
The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 2, 2013
Downey is in fine comic form, especially when he's sparring with young Simpkins, who thankfully throttles back on the precociousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 2, 2013
But for all the clanking armies of iron knights on display to dazzle the eager kid in each of us, this summer epic rings hollow. There's no one home inside the suit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 2, 2013
For the second year in a row, Marvel is starting the summer off with a bang. Let the blockbusters begin, and let's see if they can top this.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 2, 2013
Iron Man 3 manages to rise above its naked ambitions thanks to ... Robert Downey Jr.'s sly charm ... and Ben Kingsley's too-short and ... hilarious turn as the villainous Mandarin, a clever update on the comic-book character created in the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 2, 2013
This installment actually flirts with satire, sending its hero-in-a-can on a vengeful mission against a mad, bearded jihadist before yanking the rug out from under the neocon story line. There are some good laughs as well.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 2, 2013
It's lightweight but slow, padded with cheap jokes to disguise how hollow it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 2, 2013
The "Iron Man" films turned Mr. Downey into a huge star, but the role has gradually, maybe inexorably, swallowed him.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 2, 2013
It balances massive, show-offy effects with hip knowingness and quirky human touches. It's a comic-book world seen not from the viewpoint of a fanboy but a wiseguy adult earthling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 2, 2013
The rambunctious Iron Man 3 is a briskly paced thrill ride until about 90 minutes in, when the excitement wanes. A few late-breaking surprises re-invigorate the tale, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 2, 2013
"Iron Man 3" is definitely a big perk-up from the almost-but-not-quite-listless "Iron Man 2"; maybe hanging out with the Avengers was a tonic for him.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 2, 2013
The level of acting, at one time viewed as negligible in a superhero movie, is top-notch and no one seems to be mailing it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 2, 2013
Unfortunately, [its] sharp-eyed domestic comedy is dwarfed by the far less well-written supervillain crime plot that surrounds it.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
It sharply fuses the humor and heart of the earlier films with a satisfyingly heavy-metal strength - and a darkness that's more than earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 2, 2013
It's hard not to wish Downey were sparring with his costumed comrades again, instead of trading barbs with the far-less-colorful cast members-old and new-of this busy, sporadically diverting sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
May 2, 2013
The new film's not great, but it's consistently involving because the tonal shifts are so abrupt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 1, 2013
'Iron Man 3 is one of the best entries in this modern golden age of superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 1, 2013
Downey is as funny as ever, if not more so. He ensures that Iron Man 3 is a solid installment in the franchise, and helps to make it seem, at least for a time, that it might be something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2013
It's not without its payoffs; I enjoyed a lot of it. But overall last year's Avengers delivered the bombastic goods more efficiently than this year's Marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 1, 2013
The best scenes are when Stark just cuts impatiently through the claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2013
Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
May 1, 2013
It's decent popcorn entertainment -- just fine for the summertime, but nothing more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 1, 2013
The usual winks and snarks from Tony Stark, but this edition feels fresher and funnier, thanks to writer- director Shane Black.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 1, 2013
Besides rehabbing a hero who overcomes anxiety to save the world and defeat the terror-industrial complex by the simple matter of cloning his body armor, the movie proves that there's still intelligent life on Planet Marvel.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
May 1, 2013
The heavy metal action could never sink the irrepressible Downey, but it weighs down the otherwise light joy of ''Iron Man 3.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 30, 2013
The energy bleeds out of the film; it's as if the producers were scared the crowd would riot over not enough digital fakeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 30, 2013
There's so much dumb stuff in "Iron Man 3" that I expected the credits to say, "Written and directed by Thor."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 30, 2013
If you're the sort of viewer for whom Black's strengths more than make up for his weaknesses, the best bits of Iron Man 3 will make the lesser stuff worth forgiving -- or at least worth enduring.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
April 29, 2013
The big problems with Iron Man 3 are less specific to the movie itself than they are characteristic of the hypermalaise that's infected so many current mega-blockbusters.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 29, 2013
Far too much of this movie - like Tony's new toys - is running on remote control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 28, 2013
Either IM3 is a Marvel movie in the guise of a Shane Black action-comedy or the other way around. Regardless, it's an awful lot of fun.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 25, 2013
Black largely acquits himself well, keeping the pace brisk, deploying a couple of modest surprises and staging a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2013
Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 22, 2013
It's undeniably entertaining - and worth seeing for Kingsley alone - with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5