Iron Man
Iron Man (2008)

Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.

Craig Outhier
Orange County Register

Led by Downey's career-resurrecting performance as billionaire weapons peddler Tony Stark, it proves just as indispensable to the movie's giddy escapist appeal as the seamless CGI effects and eye-popping pyrotechnics.

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Tom Charity

A supremely confident, well-tooled entertainment. It's bound to be the early pace-maker for the oncoming glut of summer blockbusters.

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Mike Scott

His well-honed acting chops aside, a big reason the casting of Downey as Stark works so darn well is that incorrigible streak, which he somehow always has been able to balance with an irrepressible likability and which he uses to full effect here.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Robert Downey Jr. gives a nicely sardonic performance as Tony Stark, a rich playboy and the brilliant heir to his father's weapons manufacturing dynasty.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Downey is at his charismatic best, rendering believable Stark's transformation from self-indulgent jerk to socially conscious crusader.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Injecting the brilliantly bright, quick, and clever life force that is Robert Downey Jr. into the comic-book superhero realm is a masterstroke, a kick in the head to the tired franchises of the genre.

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Laremy Legel

There are a few scenes in Iron Man that make you realize why we rely on giant studios and big budgets come the summer months.

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Bob Mondello

If every superhero franchise had a Robert Downey Jr., the genre might actually be watchable again.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Downey updates the superhero prototype with a unique blend of bravado and wit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was one of the best super hero movies ive seen yet. Robert Downey
xGary Xx
Playboy and weapons manufacturer Tony Stark is captured by terrorists and builds a robotic suit of armour to escape. When he returns to find his company has… More
Phil Hubbs
I admit, I was expecting this to be dreadful but I was wrong, its amazingly very good. The usual obvious origins story line of course with everything you tend… More
Jennifer D
This was really not half bad. Nice effects and good acting on Downey's part.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Without a dull moment, Iron Man is a triumph of an action movie due to great action sequences and an excellent, charismatic performance from Robert Downey Jr.
KJ Proulx
Having one of the most admirable backstories in the history of Marvel Studios, Iron Man comes out on top as an explosive action film that has so much heart. It… More