It may sound like it, but to call Iron Man 2 the Matrix Reloaded of superhero movies is not meant to be an insult. Like that highly-anticipated follow-up to the Wachowskis' runaway blockbuster, Jon Favreau's sequel essentially offers more of what at least superficially made the first successful, although rather than dubious philosophy and bullet-time cinematography, Iron Man 2 features a wealth of Robert Downey Jr., a general off-the-cuff sense of humor, and high-tech showdowns between dudes in robot suits.

At the same time, of course, the line is seldom well-defined between fans wanting more of a good thing and getting too much. Interestingly, albeit disappointingly, Favreau's film tests the tensile strength of the threshold between the two, crafting a chockablock actioner that manages to deliver what's asked while still somehow falling short of expectations.