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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 194 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Iron Man's biggest strength is that the fantastically armored suit doesn't overpower the intriguingly flawed character encased within. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy because the man inside the shiny red robotic rig is a daring choice for an action hero, and an inspired one. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Until a final conflict that more resembles a monster-truck jam than a superhero showdown, Iron Man is solid gold. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is the first comic-book movie in a while that actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Downey plays off his own bad-boy image wonderfully. The writers give him great lines to work with and ditto that for his Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, whose own svelte lines cannot be improved on. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    You hire an actor for his strengths, and Downey would not be strong as a one-dimensional mighty-man. He is strong because he is smart, quick and funny, and because we sense his public persona masks deep private wounds. By building on that, Favreau found his movie, and it's a good one. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    As big-budget comic book adaptations go, this one's a gratifying freak--the right kind of conflicted, as well as quick-witted. It's a lot of fun. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    With such smarts and outstanding special effects, I eagerly await a second Iron Man movie, which of course is virtually promised in the final scene. show more

  • January 09, 2013 Allison Rowley
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    This was an awesome movie!

  • May 28, 2010 JJAmberHills
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    This movie was not as good as Iron Man 2 but it was a very good movie. P.S. Do not see Iron man 2 if you have not sean this movie!!!

  • May 15, 2010 CagnoFC3000
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    would rather have teeth pulled than sit through this trash again

  • May 12, 2010 bigchase
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    Does this replace the other one?

  • May 11, 2010 cali9643
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    u kno wat i like pizza

  • April 03, 2010 orasphere
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    I loved Downey in this. Great music, animation, and acting.

  • September 30, 2009 Wmac212
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    Dpwney Jr. should be proud for playing maybe the first live action Iron Man movie. The characters were good, the action was awesome, and to me the CG version of Iron Man's suit was was well animated. I give it 5 out of 5.

  • July 26, 2009 Rean Rossier
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    This movie sucked so much! I didn't get this movie either what's the point about a guy in Iron saving people STUPIED!!!! never going to see Iron Man 2 ( 2010) ever okay!!!! this is a dum ass movie I will never see agian!

  • July 05, 2009 srbgodsmack1992
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    Downey Jr. Made a comeback. ROBBIE61987 has a terrible taste in movies - he rates stupid movies 4 or 5 and great movies 1 or 2. Don't listen to him. This movie was good.

  • March 13, 2009 robbie61987
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    Way too over-rated, Downey plays a lousy superhero, then again as an actor, he always did.

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