Iron Man 2
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As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the secrets of his powerful Iron Man suit. The powers that be are concerned that Tony's technology… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"It's enjoyable to see a quality superhero dynamically and enthusiastically rendered."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"It's much more fun to create a franchise than to doggedly sustain it."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's half the fun of the first movie and twice as convoluted."
‑ Chris Garcia, Austin American-Statesman
"Many people will probably not find this one up to par with the fun of the original, but personally, I ended up having more fun with this movie, so while I gave the original a mild recommendation, I can give this one a slightly stronger one."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Rourke puts a human face, albeit a bashed one, on comic book villainy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Throws down the armored gauntlet to all the other summer blockbusters - bring your "A" game or be content being the season's second best movie."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Despite being more traditional in structure and theme than the original, Iron Man 2 offers just about everything anyone could ask for in a superhero spectacular, and then some."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I was predisposed to like Iron Man even if it starred David Hasselhoff wrapped in tinfoil ... Is it worth your time? Definitely. Is it the calibre of Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight? Afraid not."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"The best scenes are still the ones with Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow (as Stark's charm-resistant assistant, Pepper Potts), or just Downey alone. The rest feels like padding, which is something a sleek-suited superhero shouldn't need."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Even the director...seems to view the heavy clanking of mechanized men as a bit of a chore: the kind of well-prepared yet unremarkable meat course that must inevitably follow the delightful amuse bouche of Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Stark."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Robert Downey Jr., plays Stark with a twinkle in his eye and a sense of fun, but can't quite stamp the same authority onto the film as he did in the first version."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"The most cynical and calculating part of it all is that the movie never really finds a justification for its existence; except, that is, as a bald-faced setup for The Avengers."
‑ Michael Saba, Paste Magazine
"By rights, a superhero sequel should be darker, more intense and more dangerous, but Favreau is happy just to stay cool. That's all Iron Man's job has ever been, and frankly, that's fine by me."
‑ Ali Gray,
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