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Iron Man 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hours 9 minutes (129 minutes)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Superhero

Marvel's

Best

Yet!

4 out of 5

Iron Man 3 Review

What's Good:
The movie is platinum grade as always. Some modest surprises and a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.
What's Bad:
There's nothing new added to the IRON MAN theme.
Verdict:
Iron Man 3 is undeniably entertaining. It has the best quotients of drama, suspense and humor.
Watch or Not:
Must Watch! IT'S IRON MAN @ HIS BEST!

Audience Ratings for Iron Man 3

62.0%
190 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Critics Reviews for Iron Man 3

67 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 45 | Positive Review: 30 | Negative Review: 15 | Average Rating: 3.3/5

Black largely acquits himself well, keeping the pace brisk, deploying a couple of modest surprises and staging a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.

April 25, 2013 Full Review
Scott Foundas
Variety

Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb.

April 24, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

It's undeniably entertaining - and worth seeing for Kingsley alone - with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory.
Critic Score: 3/5

April 22, 2013 Full Review
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

April 29, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Far too much of this movie - like Tony's new toys - is running on remote control.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

April 28, 2013 Full Review
William Goss
Film.com

Black is good at giving his heroes a morbid, self-hating edge and even better at coming up with hateable villains.

May 3, 2013 Full Review
David Edelstein
Vulture

After a while, the steady diet of tongue-in-cheek starts to taste monotonous as day-old gum.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Just like he does with those crummy Sherlock Holmes movies, Downey elevates this rather flimsy material with his sheer presence.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013 Full Review
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Snappy dialogue, momentarily startling plot twists and lots of stuff blowing up.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR

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.
Critic Score: 2/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The third iteration of a franchise that began so well becomes a hollow hymn to martial gadgetry. The suits and story clank in unison.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Tom Charity
Tom Charity
CNN.com

The action plays like a video game because, well, it may as well be.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Black] strikes a tone of pseudo-edgy frat-boy black comedy that's so retro it's almost charming.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick.
Critic Score: B

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Chris Vognar
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Downey is in fine comic form, especially when he's sparring with young Simpkins, who thankfully throttles back on the precociousness.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.
Critic Score: B+

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
J. R. Jones
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The "Iron Man" films turned Mr. Downey into a huge star, but the role has gradually, maybe inexorably, swallowed him.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Manohla Dargis
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

"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.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Unfortunately, [its] sharp-eyed domestic comedy is dwarfed by the far less well-written supervillain crime plot that surrounds it.

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate

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.
Critic Score: 4/5

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Joe Neumaier
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The new film's not great, but it's consistently involving because the tonal shifts are so abrupt.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2013 Full Review
Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times

'Iron Man 3 is one of the best entries in this modern golden age of superhero movies.
Critic Score: 4/5

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

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.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The best scenes are when Stark just cuts impatiently through the claptrap.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular.
Critic Score: A-

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's decent popcorn entertainment -- just fine for the summertime, but nothing more than that.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News

The usual winks and snarks from Tony Stark, but this edition feels fresher and funnier, thanks to writer- director Shane Black.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

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.

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The heavy metal action could never sink the irrepressible Downey, but it weighs down the otherwise light joy of ''Iron Man 3.''
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2013 Full Review
Jake Coyle
Associated Press

The energy bleeds out of the film; it's as if the producers were scared the crowd would riot over not enough digital fakeness.
Critic Score: 3/5

April 30, 2013 Full Review
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

There's so much dumb stuff in "Iron Man 3" that I expected the credits to say, "Written and directed by Thor."
Critic Score: 1.5/4

April 30, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

April 30, 2013 Full Review
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap

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.

May 6, 2013 Full Review
Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

May 3, 2013 Full Review
Christopher Orr
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013 Full Review
Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable.
Critic Score: C

May 3, 2013 Full Review
Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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