Shane Black's Iron Man 3 is darker, funnier, more human, and with a few unexpected twists that will annoy some diehard fans while vastly entertaining the majority of audiences.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The "Iron Man" films turned Mr. Downey into a huge star, but the role has gradually, maybe inexorably, swallowed him.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The best scenes are when Stark just cuts impatiently through the claptrap.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The third iteration of a franchise that began so well becomes a hollow hymn to martial gadgetry. The suits and story clank in unison.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The action plays like a video game because, well, it may as well be.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Black largely acquits himself well, keeping the pace brisk, deploying a couple of modest surprises and staging a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.
Scott Foundas - Variety
There's so much dumb stuff in "Iron Man 3" that I expected the credits to say, "Written and directed by Thor."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Downey is in fine comic form, especially when he's sparring with young Simpkins, who thankfully throttles back on the precociousness.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
William Goss - Film.com
After a while, the steady diet of tongue-in-cheek starts to taste monotonous as day-old gum.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
[Black] strikes a tone of pseudo-edgy frat-boy black comedy that's so retro it's almost charming.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Unfortunately, [its] sharp-eyed domestic comedy is dwarfed by the far less well-written supervillain crime plot that surrounds it.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The heavy metal action could never sink the irrepressible Downey, but it weighs down the otherwise light joy of ''Iron Man 3.''
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
'Iron Man 3 is one of the best entries in this modern golden age of superhero movies.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
All in fun, the clatter and concussion of action tropes as syncopated as the dialogue.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
With Jon Favreau, director of the previous Iron Man films, still around in his sidekick role as Happy Hogan, continuity is maintained, but Black does bring his own, mostly comic chops to the saga.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
A smirky, sardonic sensibility smuggled in by Shane Black is almost enough to cure these summertime blues.
While Iron Man 3 is a huge improvement over the second installment, certain story elements that rip the comics to shreds will anger many fans.
Iron Man 3 is, perhaps by default, the best comic book superhero "threequel" yet.
Robert Downey Jr. is clearly having a blast playing a more sardonic Tony Stark.
- The Verge
The movie works mainly due to its acting.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Iron Man 3 has good things in it, enough to please the series' fans -- and yet too many drawbacks to win many converts.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Iron Man 3 is an decent movie that really should have been far better with this pedigree.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
Downey is a brilliant actor who somehow manages to portray Tony Stark as traumatised without losing the character's laidback and comedic quality.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Writer/director Shane Black... brings sharp snarky humor and some welcome psychological depth to the Iron Man franchise, which faded in an exhausting second installment after the exhilarating original.
Seth Kubersky - Orlando Weekly
The film's true strength is a snappy, whip-smart wit
- Us Weekly
Robert Downey, Jr. makes Iron Man one of the most entertaining superheroes in the Marvel movie universe.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The most mature of the "Iron Man" films by far.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Marvel Studios lets director Black off the leash for this third installment, and while the result is edgier, sexier, and more dangerous than what has come before, you may not recognize Tony Stark as the man from the long-running comic.
John Gholson - Movies.com
Funnier and smoother, more surprising, defter at being creative while still working within the confines of the superhero formula.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's Iron Man 3's sneaky expose of superhero cool--on the outside, a wisecracking warrior; on the inside, an anxiety-attacked guy who tries to insulate himself with arrogance--that brings this blockbuster down to sympathetic size.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
There's little doubt that Iron Man Three, in its early stages, fares a whole lot better than one might've anticipated...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A generous step up from its predecessor, the various twists aren't exactly as expected, but you'll still have fun getting there.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Packed with virtually non-stop action from start to finish, "Iron Man 3" is the best film in the "Iron Man" series and among the best Marvel-inspired films ever
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Features an interesting, angst-ridden psychological sub-text rarely found in blockbuster films.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
This may be the lightest, most entertaining cinematic exploration of post-traumatic stress disorder yet.
John Serba - MLive.com
The finale is explosive, but Iron Man has some rusty patches too
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
The way Black surrenders the movie's edginess to the generic onslaught of flashy visuals is a mild disappointment.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A regression in the usual strong work from Marvel Studios, Iron Man 3 suffers from director Shane Black's mishandling of this popular superhero character.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The elements that were once daring are starting to feel statistically approved - and tired.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Terrorist and anxiety attacks prove equally dismaying to Marvel's 'man in a can' in this witty, satisfying sequel.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Iron Hot with action
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
... best Iron Man yet thanks to Shane Black, who pushes characterization, clever plot twists, not computer effects ... Downey, for a change, drops his guard, shows the heart beneath the armor
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
It's the funniest superhero film, and it doesn't feel like it's pandering. That's the power of Downey, Jr. and now Shane Black.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Are you sick of superheroes? No, of course you are not, cinema audiences are lapping up any caped crusader movies. But I am, especially when Tony Stark is an angst ridden shambles suffering from performance anxiety. What's so super about that?
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
We can trust in Tony Stark, even when he's falling apart and can't trust himself.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
For anyone familiar with Shane Black's work, it's not long before a strong case of deja vu sets in.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
It's nothing but a collection of superhero cliches made marginally palatable by Robert Downey Jr.'s endless charm and charisma.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
The real enjoyment here comes when Shane Black's sensibilities take over during the middle hour.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
what it does it does quite well, providing a satisfying sense of escapism while reminding us that such pleasures don't have to be saturated with overkill and completely devoid of relevance
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Black and Downey put a swell spin of wit into it and, in a time of superhero saturation, take a back seat to no one in reserving marquee space for their guy. Moreover, they leave you wanting more of the same, please.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It has the flash and quips to be a good time, if not the heart to be great.
Rebecca Cusey - Patheos
Iron Man 3 displays no shortage of cocky swagger in-between - and often during - the requisite sequences of high-tech 3-D carnage.
Jason Anderson - The Grid
Same old tired effects to go along with more Downey smugness.
A lumbering half-assed attempt at self-seriousness with lots of stuff blowing up, a smattering of repartee, one excellent sequence, and a brace of uninteresting villains.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Iron Man 3 provides loads of high-flying fun thanks to the immense charisma of the quick-quipping Robert Downey Jr.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Not the best of the three but Robert Downey, Jr. is better than ever.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
In the midst of various plot threads with varying degrees of contemporary relevance, Black pulls off a crazy plot twist a little more than halfway through the film that's truly inspired and solidifies it as a comedy.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Here, it's not the suit that makes the man; it's the man that makes the suit. And Downey is still the star that keeps it-and this multi-million-dollar movie franchise-roaring and soaring.
Neil Pond - American Profile
With its satisfying combination of humor, action and dazzling set pieces, Robert Downey Jr. and company provide everything fans of the franchise expect.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A superhero movie with enough intelligence and personality that it should appeal to plenty outside its intended comic book demographic.
Watching a Shane Black movie is like listening to a noisy garage band, where no matter how sloppily they skronk through a verse, when they tighten up and hit that sing-along chorus, the lack of polish somehow makes it sound even better.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
I have found each of the "Iron Man" films a marked improvement over its immediate predecessor...primarily due to the trajectory of Stark's relationship with Pepper Potts and the series' more fearsome recent villains.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Suffers from franchise rust.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Like the suits Tony Stark pilots by remote throughout the film, it feels like an empty shell, all sleek and shiny and looking the part on the surface but hollow at the core.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A worthy addition to the vaunted Marvel franchise!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Iron Man 3 is a spectacularly fun ride. A superhero movie that is, indeed, super.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
And so was born Iron Man 3, featuring the further exploits of the only superhero who is not dishwasher-safe.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Despite a somewhat slow start and occasional plot missteps, Iron Man 3 ultimately soars thanks to its charismatic leading man and director Shane Black's man-on-wire balancing act of humor and action.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Like Iron Man 2, the movie is generally engaging, occasionally dull, frequently cluttered, and recommended with only the greatest of reservations.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I've got 3D, but I want 4D. And 5D when it is concocted.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
While not a complete failure as visceral eye-candy, Iron Man 3 substitutes schmaltz for inspiration and novelty. It's disappointing that what appears to be the franchise's last chapter goes out not with a bang, but with a shrug.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
They decided to make a sort of mad James Bond film...except instead of Bond, you've got Tony Stark...who, by the way, has a suit of armor.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
bounds with buoyant irreverence and serious suspense. The scale is large, the payoffs larger, and the sense of fun is never too far from the angst and anguish Stark endures between quips and feats of derring-do.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The film's army of digital artists deliver big servings of neuron-numbing spectacle. Anyone who thinks that's not important should avoid this film.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Thanks mainly to Robert Downey Jr.'s performance, this series remains as entertaining as ever.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Not as good as the first Iron Man film, but better than the second, this Iron Man sequel is a mixed bag of comedy and action, but it works well enough.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As much fun as I had while I watched it, it's falling apart like Tony Stark's armor now that I'm putting it to the test of ... you know ... making sense. Or meaning anything.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
The third time's a charmer for this Marvel franchise, thanks to a clever script and, of course, its inimitable star.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Iron Man 3 is missing that old Tony Stark spark. Not from Robert Downey Jr., who is still the best thing about this overblown show, with his smarter-than-thou charisma intact even while his character emotionally falls apart.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Not quite as much fun as Iron Man the first... but there are worse ways to welcome summer than with the low-key return of an old friend in good spirits.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Iron Man 3 follows a psychologically tormented hero who has light-hearted fun while engaging in cartoonish mayhem and uncovering corruption that reflects on contemporary politics. If that sentence sounded like a mouthful, just imagine the movie.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
Iron Man 3 packs all the clever one-liners and tons of fun we expect, while contrasting that fun with an authentic sense of menace.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
That is why Iron Man 3 does a very smart thing, something comic fans have always known is what makes comics great: it takes a superhero and focuses on the man.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Prepare to be hoodwinked, thanks to screenwriters Drew Pearce and Shane Black. Black also directs this terrific 'Iron Man' installment, which both exhilarates and exhausts.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Black chooses to pump up the action to a size that makes it hard to focus the film's actual excitement.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Iron Man 3 is not the best Marvel Studios movie, but it provides plenty of fun and excitement for both Iron Man die-hards and newly acquired Avengers fans.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
For half the movie, Black challenges what audiences have come to expect from comic book movies and Marvel movies in particular. But then in the other half, he falls back on the same-old same-old.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Iron Man is starting to run out of juice. Walk away and leave while on top.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The movie trades on the continuing Marvel film universe without expanding it in any appreciable way. Ultimately, you will have had enough of Tony Stark when this one ends and that's not how Tony would want it.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
This maelstrom of violence is exhilarating, but you'll forget about it before you reach home.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Let the other superheroes fret over the state of civilization, Iron Man just wants you to have fun and from the look of things there are no signs of rust to slow him down.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Dare I say it's the best Iron Man film yet? I dare.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Black is good at giving his heroes a morbid, self-hating edge and even better at coming up with hateable villains.
The movie mostly cooks because of Downey, who, as always, keeps up a funny, rollicking meta-commentary on the action while engaging right in the middle of it.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
A bit like Tony Stark himself, "Iron Man 3" crackles with personality and humanity, not caring what people may think.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Iron Man 3 is innovative, hilarious, and crafted in the same vein of the first film. The closing act is so ridiculously good and gratifying that it'll give you goosebumps. Robert Downey Jr electrifies in the Tony Stark role yet again.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
With great performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Kingsley, this superhero adventure is a blast and a thrilling kick off to the summer of 2013.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Fewer playboy antics, but still plenty of violence.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Black (co-writing with Drew Pearce) certainly has a knack for poking exposed cultural nerves. Limbless war veterans, terrorist videos and a mass shooting find their way into his fantasy. No wonder Iron Man has PTSD.
Greg Evans - Bloomberg News
As always in director/co-writer Shane Black-and this goes back to his cantaloupe-testicled actioners of the 1980 like The Last Boy Scout: Why waste energy mocking a convention that it might be better to do without in the first place?
Richard von Busack - MetroActive
Iron Man 3 starts off great but crashes and burns in a spectacular way. We get it Marvel you don't give a crap about your Comic Book readers. You don't have to constantly rub in people's faces. Horrible 3rd act.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A movie so block-headed, so aimlessly busy, you'd think Michael Bay directed the thing. Actually, that would be an upgrade.
Iron Man 3 is passable mindless entertainment, but even if the film grosses $1 billion worldwide the franchise has run its course.
Matt Kelemen - AspectRatio.us
Yet another state-of-the-art Marvel creation that strikes an entertaining balance between heart, swagger, and volume.
Mark Keizer - Alt Film Guide
Just like he does with those crummy Sherlock Holmes movies, Downey elevates this rather flimsy material with his sheer presence.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Though Iron Man 3 is a better constructed film than its predecessor, ultimately it succeeds for the same reason the first two films did -- Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
A great way to kick off the spring and summer blockbuster movie season!
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
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.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The movie flies by in an entertaining flash.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
As a modern commentary, as a piece of pop culture popcorn pizzazz, Shane Black has started the Summer 2013 season off well.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
"Iron Man 3" is rollicking, frenetic and whimsical, mostly because Downey, Jr. is given many comic lines to recite.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Iron Man 3 is a primer on how not to handle a superhero sequel--but Paltrow's abs look great!
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
Director Shane Black balances superior action and visual-effects set-pieces with passages that depend on the acting chops of the talented cast...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
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.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
"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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Whether it marks an ending, a beginning or something in between, it really doesn't matter. Iron Man 3 starts the summer off right.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
One major sequence nearly saves the whole endeavor, but what Black has here is flat and overstuffed with contrived comic book business, feeling about as heavy and immobile as Stark's famous armor.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
At this point, franchise fatigue definitely takes over.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
What matters is Downey's total commitment to playing Stark as a flawed, complex, but greatly gifted character.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It's solidly entertaining, with Downey's roguish charm as appealing as ever.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
At times reaches "Avengers" level of intensity, fun and exhilaration, which makes it all the more frustrating that a few missteps result in it simply being a good movie and not the post-Avengers game changer it could have been.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Even though some purists may object to some of the twists and turns Black and company have managed to incorporate, for me, these twists are what makes IRON MAN 3 standout from the pack a bit
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Se Tony Stark faz rir com eficiencia, seus momentos dramaticos soam rasos em funcao da sensacao de que estamos apenas vendo Robert Downey Jr. interpretando Robert Downey Jr. enquanto este vive Stark.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The dialogue is a riot.
T'Cha Dunlevy - Montreal Gazette
Iron Man 3 is over-sized, ear-splitting and relentlessly intense.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Iron Man 3 defies typical third-chapter drop-off and makes it clear that the franchise is in good hands with its new director.
Rick Marshall - IFC.com
The first film might have been able to get by on charm alone, but the mechanical feeling of this entry will more than likely leave you cold and indifferent.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Tony Stark, as played by Downey, is more than just a rich self-centered inventor. He's stylishly glib, smart and overwhelmingly cool. Downey is what makes the movie tick.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Tony still has all his fleshy angles, but his manly arsenal feels a lot smaller than it did before.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
...the best of the Marvel films with its complex story, exciting action, great cast and special effects.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Dark, gloomy, chaotic and basically misanthrophic...Iron Man in Dark Knight territory.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The longest film in the series by a handful of minutes, Iron Man 3 certainly doesn't feel like it thanks to its briskly paced screenplay and the wise decision to place some of Iron Man's most heroic moments toward the end of the movie.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The most memorable moments in Iron Man 3 involve Stark's brief and hilarious, yet touching relationship with a young boy (Ty Simpkins) whose own father deserted him at 6 years old.
It gives Black and his co-writer Drew Pearce ample opportunity to showcase the natural ease with which Downey creates America's snarkiest of flawed heroes.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
A.A. Dowd - AV Club
As compared to the overwrought, too-many-irons-in-the-fire second installment, Iron Man 3 proves its metal, oops, mettle, once again.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Those who enjoy comic-book-inspired films merely for the action will find this latest attempt a solid effort. But comic book purists will have to deal with seeing less Iron Man and some twists that defy the accepted mythology of Marvel Comics.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
Black restores a light touch to the series, at least until the bloated finale, and puts the focus back on what has always separated this franchise from every other superhero movie: the wit and intelligence of Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Snappy dialogue, momentarily startling plot twists and lots of stuff blowing up.
Bob Mondello - NPR
The new film's not great, but it's consistently involving because the tonal shifts are so abrupt.
Matt Zoller Seitz - RogerEbert.com
If you keep your expectations realistic, IRON MAN 3 will not disappoint. It's a great popcorn movie and a perfect way to start off the summer movie season!
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
a surprisingly tedious checklist of Shane Black-isms
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's lightweight but slow, padded with cheap jokes to disguise how hollow it is.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Often entertaining yet exhausting.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Like the best films of this genre, much of the massive budget clearly ended up on the screen and thus diehard fans and even casual moviegoers will certainly get their money's worth. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Like most franchise sequels it goes overboard with supporting characters, plot complications and let's-top-that action sequences. But there's never any real sense of drama.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
A superhero in film is only as good as his villain. And that's a critical problem for Iron Man 3.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Third entry more than lives up to the promise of the original Iron Man, and marks an exciting return to form for a franchise that had dipped in quality.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
With superhero movies, over time the mythology gets junked up with tertiary characters and leftover storylines. Tony Stark & Co. have taken the Iron Man franchise as far as it can go.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
If you have no investment in the larger Marvel movie universe, it could very well stand as the most accessible, easy-to-enjoy Iron Man movie.
Joe Gross - Austin American-Statesman
A Clunky Debut to Marvel's Phase 2.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
[Shane] Black is the reason for the season and Downey is his Santa Claus
Dave White - IFilm
If it were not for (Robert) Downey (Jr.), "Iron Man 3" would be a total disaster, undermined by a haphazard, disjointed and sloppy plot.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A clanging approximation of fun.
Matt Pais - RedEye
With a few good jokes, another committed performance by Downey and a fine one by Kingsley, this is still great fun, regardless of sequelitis and whether you're a freak-flag fanboy or not.
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
By the time innumerable suits of armor were flying through the air, instantly assembling and disassembling themselves around Tony Stark while he was running and jumping, I was worn out. But the ride up to then had been a jolt of continuous pleasure.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Doesn't break any new ground or transcend its genre. But it's still very entertaining and never boring.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
The epic action brought nerd tears to my eyes! Shane Black delivers a witty, action-packed flick with great twists. See it in 2D as the 3D conversion lacks great depth!
Kevin McCarthy - NerdTears.com
"Iron Man 3" suffers an identity crisis resembling that of the title superhero's alter-ego, billionaire Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Iron Man 3" might not be a total bust, but it does result in one big "meh."
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.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
My best advice when it comes to heading out to a screening of Iron Man 3: lower your expectations.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The biggest problem is a common one: TMVS, or Too Many Villains Syndrome.
Chris Knight - National Post
The best in this series and one of the best Marvel films overall.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
What next? 'Iron Supplement Man'?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Yeah, it's great.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
The film provides more of the same and nothing startlingly innovative, but what's here is good.
Louis Black - Austin Chronicle
It's right there in the credits: We'll be seeing more of Tony Stark!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This [Tony] Stark is an anonymous shadow of his former self-promoting self.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The usual winks and snarks from Tony Stark, but this edition feels fresher and funnier, thanks to writer- director Shane Black.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Stupid and messy. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World has to go. Pepper must take "Happy" with her.
Victoria Alexander - Las Vegas Informer
Iron Man loses his clothes more often than a Kardsashian.
Black still has to hit all the required superhero beats, but he does it with as much personality as he possibly can.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Iron Man 3 is neither turgid nor zippy. It soars at times, and dawdles in places.
Sean O'Connell - Film Racket
Crackerjack popcorn entertainment done right, Iron Man 3 is a robust example of what Hollywood can do right when it puts its mind to it.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Iron Man 3 avoids fantasy in favor of a hefty helping of pulp fiction. The setup makes way for Downey, Jr.'s best work in the franchise.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
A shrug of a film ... that has the diminutive stature of a DVD extra.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Pepper has always been what grounded Tony, what connected him to reality. Iron Man 3 ultimately disconnects Pepper from reality...Whether or not Tony deserves better, Pepper certainly does.
Steven D. Greydanus
Downey's performance is impeccable. He gets that he's not simply playing a comic book character for the fourth time but a character who is evolving.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Not only is "Iron Man 3" the best of the trilogy, it's the best Marvel film yet. Yes, even better than last summer's uber-blockbuster "The Avengers."
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
"Iron Man 3' has a different feel from its predecessors, and that makes it as surprising as it is exuberant.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
This film resembles its protagonist Tony Stark: its overblown, convoluted and seemingly disconnected to anything that has come before it.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Never intending to reinvent the wheel, this high flying chapter happily settles for a big splash into the wheelhouse.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Exciting and hugely entertaining, it's an eye-popping spectacle with suprisingly clever, whimsical dialogue and wisecracking one-liners.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Robert Downey Jr. carries this superhero saga with his wit and clever improvised quips.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
When you are making a smart movie and end up getting dumb because "that's the way it has to be... it's a studio movie... they need sequel options...," it's really a shame.
David Poland - Movie City News
It's decent popcorn entertainment -- just fine for the summertime, but nothing more than that.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
Iron Man 3 isn't a Blockbuster, it's a Blandbuster -- boring and safe and riddled with plot holes and filled with product placement.
James Rocchi - GeekNation
This isn't just the best Iron Man movie, it's a recharge to the whole shared universe concept. Marvel can make movies that exist together while still having unique, awesome identities of their own.
Sir Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin is far and away the finest villain in any of the Marvel films.
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.
A worthy, quirky, entertaining follow-up to The Avengers.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Shane Black here replaces his once-acidic spite for government and bureaucracy with a call for corporate responsibility.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
Jokier, bloodier, and a bit winded.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
The best entry in the franchise so far.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
The energy bleeds out of the film; it's as if the producers were scared the crowd would riot over not enough digital fakeness.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Watching Robert Downey Jr play a charismatic swaggering d*ck is entertaining. Watching him play an emotionally damaged swaggering d*ck is compelling. With huge laughs and hugely entertaining twists Iron Man 3 is easily on of the best Marvel movies
Marc Fennell - Triple j
Far too much of this movie - like Tony's new toys - is running on remote control.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's only May - or will be by the time you see it - but cinema Santa came early. Joy to the nerds - this movie is as good as its photoshopped posters were amateurish.
Luke Y. Thompson
Paltrow, who plays love interest Pepper Potts (and in a much bigger showing here) said in an interview I heard recently ... that Downey improvised hugely in the first two films but stuck more to the script here. They should have let him flow.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Just when superhero movies faced the danger of feeling too formulaic and conventional, along comes Iron Man 3 to give the genre a much-needed kick in the spandex.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
A fun summer movie experience, it's a great ride that gets the season off to a hot start.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Some eye-popping action sequences at least make this a worthy summer endeavor for movie fans, but it felt like "Iron Man 3" got such a big lead in the first half, it was content to run out the clock late in the game.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn't the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Polished, tart and smart, Iron Man 3 buffs up to an entertaining, subversive two hours that enjoys supplying rugs simply to pull them from under the audience's expectations.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
The third outing for the Marvel Comics superhero has standout performances from Robert Downey Jr and Ben Kingsley.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
An outrageously entertaining, CGI-soaked tale of foreboding that transforms into a good-natured send-up of everything that proceeded it, replete with gags galore.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Iron Man 3 is like taking a helter skelter ride through a kaleidoscope of visual effects and emotions - bumpy, bright, dazzling and confusing in equal measure ...
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
A no-holds-barred if uneven epic that should satisfy most diehard fans.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Marvel's employed a core vote strategy with this movie: it's about keeping the audience they have rather than building on the one they've got.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Shorter and less self-regarding than most Marvel movies, Iron Man 3 is every bit as zippy as we might expect from the creator of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang .
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Black nicely gives us lighter and darker moments, all wrapped up in one satisfactory standalone Iron Man story ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - HeyUGuys
Changing the writer and director for this third Iron Man movie turns out to be the best thing that could have happened, because Shane Black is a much more focussed filmmaker, and he gives this franchise a badly needed kick.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Joss Whedon gave Downey plenty of knockout zingers in last summer's Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3 finds the star working with another sharp-witted kindred spirit in co-writer and director Shane Black.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Comic-strip superhero movies are not exactly noted for intelligence, wit or humour. Iron Man 3 is the welcome exception.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Shane Black's perfunctory, fatigued film will suffice for the fans who have to have their regular cinematic superhero fix, but will leave others generally unmoved.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
Heartfelt and thorough yet lean and effortless, Iron Man 3 is nothing short of the best Marvel Studios film to date and a triumph for Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.
Paul McNamee - We Got This Covered
Just things blowing up, a great big endless boring noisy confusing nothingness given occasional zip by Gwyneth Paltrow in a temper.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
A very entertaining sequel that recaptures the fun and charm of the first film after the cacophonous excesses of Iron Man 2.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Feels like a singular, fully realised entity, rather than a glorified teaser trailer for another crossover feature, and has some genuinely inspired and satisfying surprises amidst its familiar trappings.
Josh Slater-Williams - The Skinny
It embraces the universe it lives in without exploiting it or letting it weigh down the story, and offers its hero a personal, dangerous challenge without ever losing its popcorn charm.
[C]ould be the whip-smartest and most affecting superhero movie yet... [Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. bring an] unexpected combination of sweetness and verve and vulnerability...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Thrilling, great looking and with a refreshingly comical tone, this is everything a summer blockbuster should be.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It features some of the best moments of the trilogy, but it does feel a bit like a missed opportunity.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Shane Black's witty, daring continuation of the Iron Man series defies expectations at every turn, not least because it is, against all odds, a strong contender for the best Marvel movie to date.
Michael Leader - Film4
This is comic book filmmaking with the emphasis very much on the "comic" -- and further proof that it's possible to tell a meaty story full of high stakes action without getting weighed down by fanboy-courting descents into darkness.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Fun for both fans and newbies to the comic book world, the movie may be a lengthy 129 minutes but it doesn't feel like it.
Susan Griffin - Birmingham Post
[The film] expertly melds action, comedy and drama to become the finest Iron Man movie yet.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies
This new Iron Man movie is probably the strongest of the series. The emphasis is on flip fun all the way.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
I go to the Iron Man films, like everyone else, for Robert Downey Jr. He is the series in the way that few actors, outside of Sean Connery as James Bond or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, have ever been.
Ryan Gilbey - New Statesman
All in all, it's an enjoyable third instalment that keeps the Marvel juggernaut on the road...and also underlines who's the real (metal) star.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A fiery extravaganza that is a collision between the comic book world and Shane Black's resume of rapid fire action thrillers
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead's most entertaining solo flight to date.
James Mottram - Total Film
The first post-Avengers Phase Two Marvel movie hardly reinvents the wheel, but it's the most strongly authored film we've seen from the studio so far, and one that seemingly sees the company move into slightly different genre territory
Oliver Lyttelton - The Playlist
Iron Man 3 blasts it way onto the big screen with just the right blend of explosions, banter, bullets and superhero shenanigans to prove that there is still plenty of life left in this metallic hero.
Mark Adams - Screen International
The film suggests they are still just starting to figure out what to do with this character, and I sincerely hope that the final credit of the film, 'Tony Stark Will Return,' is not just an empty promise.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Thanks to director Shane Black (who also co-wrote the script with Drew Pearce), it's a film that rejuvenates the franchise while having some fun with superhero convention into the bargain.
Rob Carnevale - The List
Tony Stark's latest adventure is an enthusiastically exciting ride that never loses its humor or its edge.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A summer blockbuster that, in this era of saturating trailers and set-piece spoiling TV spots, genuinely takes you by surprise.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
Delivers thrilling action, witty dialogue and genuine emotion, thanks to a cleverly crafted script, state-of-the-art special effects, strong, likeable characters and note-perfect performances.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Iron Man 3 is the Marvel film-verse breaking new ground, and it's easily the best of the trilogy.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius. If this does turn out to be Downey Jr.'s final solo outing, it's a very strong exit.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
The Iron Mans have always innately had the superhero secret formula ... but this instalment is even funnier and more thrillingly action-packed than its predecessors.
Rima Sabina Aouf - Concrete Playground
Given that so many of today's action films are crafted from the same mould, it was a pleasant surprise to see Iron Man 3 taking a few chances and offering a few unexpected twists.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
One of the great surprises of the movie is Kingsley's turn as the Bin Laden-ish bad guy, hamming it up and giving Stark a reality check on who's to blame for all this.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Superhero movies just don't get better than this.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
The stunts are spectacular and the suits - whether flying or fighting - are terrific, while the humans add an edginess to the always fast-paced proceedings. The adults are, as you would expect, well oiled and seamless in their roles
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
What's not to like about a super-hero flick that delivers in imagination, excess, humour and star power? Humour is central to the plot but the storyline never loses sight of its commendable themes: good versus evil, integrity, loyalty and courage
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The third installment in the game-changing Iron Man trilogy takes all the hard work done by Marvel Studios in creating a rich, thoughtful but never po-faced cinematic universe, and turns it into a big joke.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
The perfect superhero movie.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
'Iron Man 3′ occasionally feels a little contrived - but then, if you're dealing with one of the best action directors around, you can expect him to draw on the style that he knows best.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
Go for the thrilling action and hilarious Shane Black one-liners. As for a compelling story and entertaining villains? Not so much.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
A lighter variation on the deconstructed superhero mythology found in The Dark Knight Rises.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Iron Man 3 carries that 'morning after' feeling former playboy Tony Stark is no doubt familiar with... There are plenty of great moments, but it barely hangs together as a film.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A witty and rather surprising take on the superhero movie.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
In the annals of superhero movies, this is not the most thrilling, but it does contain two Downton Abbey jokes, and a stonking performance from Downey.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
It's undeniably entertaining - and worth seeing for Kingsley alone - with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
To use a recondite term in professional film criticism: whoo-hoo!
Black has an instinctive feel for balancing action set-pieces against the passages of soap-opera that are required to make them matter.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph