Iron Man2008

Critics score:
94 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:Mainly it has Robert Downey Jr. The newly insurable actor, who has had his run-ins with various chemicals in the past, plays this louche playboy with a knowing glint in his eye."Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:Toggling between Stark's impish goatee and Iron Man's full-metal body condom, and amid so many generic fireballs, kill shots and earsplitting thumps, bumps and crunches, the film finally collapses under its own weight.Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture:Iron Man is a shapely piece of mythmaking.Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal:The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise throbs with dramatic energy.Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times:The payoff of casting Downey is as big as the risk. He's not in the movie, he owns it in a way that makes it hard to imagine without him.Read more

Frank Lovece, Newsday:Despite several adrenaline-pumping moments, Favreau and Downey stay focused on the real story -- about a man learning to take responsibility for his actions. For all its firepower and CGI slickness, that's what really makes Iron Man fly.Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club:Iron Man is the rare comic-book movie that makes the prospect of a sequel seem like a promise instead of a threat.Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic:The movie rises and falls on the strength of Downey, and it rises pretty high.Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe:Downey could have taken a tragic tack. But he has fun just figuring out how to make the armor suit work. His sarcasm and almost drunken Tony Curtis body language transform the scenes of Iron Man.Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:Beneath the requisite spectacle is an issue-laden storyline with heart to go along with its brains.Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader:Robert Downey Jr. gives a nicely sardonic performance as Tony Stark, a rich playboy and the brilliant heir to his father's weapons manufacturing dynasty.Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle:After 2003's Elf and 2005's Zathura, Favreau has now made three smart, family-friendly, high-concept popcorn movies.Read more

Tom Charity, CNN.com:A supremely confident, well-tooled entertainment. It's bound to be the early pace-maker for the oncoming glut of summer blockbusters.Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor:When Iron Man is zooming above bejewelled southern California, I expected a thundering lyricism but instead settled for some routine CGI stunts. I suppose it's asking too much for a great actor to be matched up with a great director.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post:Directed with joyful verve and a nice pinch of cultural nerve by Jon Favreau, Iron Man reinvigorates hope in the joys of the summer movie. It is simple -- and not so simple -- fun.Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News:Industrial-strength comic book moviemaking of the most entertaining order, Iron Man is darn near invincible fun, a perfect mix of high-tech dazzle and good old-fashioned charisma that's bound to leave audiences begging for more.Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:The fun of Iron Man, a Marvel adaptation in which a routine arc has been burnished with great elegance and skill, is the way that it heals the split, soldering the two halves of its hero into a single organically driven figure.Read more

Laremy Legel, Film.com:There are a few scenes in Iron Man that make you realize why we rely on giant studios and big budgets come the summer months.Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:Downey's richly human performance as a reformed rake who relies on his intelligence, feels both personal and genuinely fresh.Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News:A superhero debut with brains and brawn.Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter:Iron Man may not make the A-list of Marvel Comics' stable -- home to Spider-Man, X-Men and the Hulk -- but he may be the cinema superhero for the rest of us.Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:Downey's unbeatable charisma makes these problems less troublesome than they would be otherwise, but wouldn't it be nice if they didn't exist at all?Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly:It's an exemplary comic book fantasia. There's plenty of CGI to go around here too, but Favreau uses it, for the most part, to enhance rather than supplant the movie's physical dimension.Read more

Christopher Orr, The New Republic:Even as Iron Man fulfills its genre obligations, it transcends them, thanks to lively direction by Favreau and, especially, the tour de force performance by Downey.Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek:Iron Man may not be distinguished enough to convert you to the cause. But Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful.Read more

David Denby, New Yorker:There's a slightly depressed, going-through-the-motions feel to the entire show.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:Iron Man is fresh and fast enough to remind you of why you liked comics to begin with.Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR.org:If every superhero franchise had a Robert Downey Jr., the genre might actually be watchable again.Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News:Actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls.Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:One of the hippest, best-written and best-directed superhero movies ever -- a splendid way to kick off the summer movie season.Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times:Iron Man is an unusually good superhero picture. Or at least -- since it certainly has its problems -- a superhero movie that's good in unusual ways.Read more

Craig Outhier, Orange County Register:Led by Downey's career-resurrecting performance as billionaire weapons peddler Tony Stark, it proves just as indispensable to the movie's giddy escapist appeal as the seamless CGI effects and eye-popping pyrotechnics.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:Everything a summer movie should be, and more.Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer:Fast, funny and deliriously entertaining.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:Over the years, there have been only a handful of exceptional superhero movies, and Iron Man is among them.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:At the end of the day it's Robert Downey Jr. who powers the lift-off separating this from most other superhero movies.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com:Although Downey spends a certain amount of screentime inside that suit, his face still carries the movie, giving it emotional weight.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:Iron Man is an action sci-fi blockbuster extravaganza that provides cartoon thrills for thinking people. It's the best movie of its kind since the second Spider-Man movie four years ago.Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate:This middle section, in which the newly energized Tony tinkers with his emerging superpowers like a kid in shop class, is the movie's finest and funnest hour.Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune:This is one summer blockbuster that succeeds on brains, not bombast.Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:Downey is at his charismatic best, rendering believable Stark's transformation from self-indulgent jerk to socially conscious crusader.Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star:There's no rust on the first blockbuster of summer '08: Iron Man is an ironclad cinch to be a hit.Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine:It's Iron Man to the rescue, yanking movies and the worldwide box office out of its months-long doldrums and into the stratosphere.Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out:Light on both CGI and moral quandaries, [it posesses] neither the zip and sparkle of a Spider-Man nor the brooding existential subtexts of Batman Begins.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:Hollywood has unearthed an unlikely weapon of mass destruction: Robert Downey Jr.Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety:[An] expansively entertaining special effects extravaganza.Read more