Iron Man 3 Reviews

  • 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

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