Iron Man 3 Reviews

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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.
December 17, 2013
Downey is a brilliant actor who somehow manages to portray Tony Stark as traumatised without losing the character's laidback and comedic quality.
September 22, 2013
The film's true strength is a snappy, whip-smart wit
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2013
The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable.
May 3, 2013
Black is good at giving his heroes a morbid, self-hating edge and even better at coming up with hateable villains.
May 3, 2013
After a while, the steady diet of tongue-in-cheek starts to taste monotonous as day-old gum.
May 3, 2013
Just like he does with those crummy Sherlock Holmes movies, Downey elevates this rather flimsy material with his sheer presence.
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.
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.
Top Critic
May 2, 2013
Snappy dialogue, momentarily startling plot twists and lots of stuff blowing up.
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.
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.
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.
May 2, 2013
The action plays like a video game because, well, it may as well be.
May 2, 2013
[Black] strikes a tone of pseudo-edgy frat-boy black comedy that's so retro it's almost charming.
May 2, 2013
The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick.
May 2, 2013
Downey is in fine comic form, especially when he's sparring with young Simpkins, who thankfully throttles back on the precociousness.
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