100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy because the man inside the shiny red robotic rig is a daring choice for an action hero, and an inspired one.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
You hire an actor for his strengths, and Downey would not be strong as a one-dimensional mighty-man. He is strong because he is smart, quick and funny, and because we sense his public persona masks deep private wounds. By building on that, Favreau found his movie, and it's a good one.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Downey plays off his own bad-boy image wonderfully. The writers give him great lines to work with and ditto that for his Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, whose own svelte lines cannot be improved on.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Until a final conflict that more resembles a monster-truck jam than a superhero showdown, Iron Man is solid gold.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Even at his coolest, Downey's Iron Man remains a ghostly, neurotic crusader -- one whose life, in the Marvel tradition, has become a grand spectacle of overcompensation.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is the first comic-book movie in a while that actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An action sci-fi blockbuster extravaganza that provides cartoon thrills for thinking people. It's the best movie of its kind since the second "Spider-Man" movie four years ago.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Iron Man's biggest strength is that the fantastically armored suit doesn't overpower the intriguingly flawed character encased within.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Downey appears to like all this make-believe. Even the clunky dialogue sounds witty out of his mouth. This is not a part that makes great demands on his talent, and his slummy approach to it is amusing.
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79 out of 100
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