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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Iron Man 2 sets gold standard for sequels thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark performance.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Favreau supplies the go-go-go that makes the movie stratospherically entertaining, even without 3-D. But it's the promiscuously talented Downey who adds the grace notes that make Iron Man 2 something to remember.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At its best, it's shaggily enjoyable and enjoyably shaggy. It's like steroids on steroids with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, disarming arms industrialist, tossing off one-liners like comic grenades.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The big problem with Iron Man 2, maybe, is that it so dutifully gives the people what they want, instead of giving them what they didn’t know they wanted.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Robert Downey Jr. looks as hung over in Iron Man 2 as he seemed drunk in “Iron Man.’’ He does his share of drinking this time, too. And the sequel makes more out of his insobriety. It has an early stretch where it fizzes and slurs, with the stars stepping on each other’s lines and feet. The movie feels drunk, too.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The action sequences are fun, though not as exhilarating as in the 2008 original, and the dialogue can be zingy.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Downey's head and heart are in the right place, but the movie is more in pieces than whole, and more about iron than about men.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

A better-than-average follow-up, but Tony doesn't suit up enough.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Intimacy has vanished from the relationship between Tony and Pepper, and grace has been stricken from the movie as a whole.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Well, that didn't take long. Everything fun and terrific about "Iron Man," a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, Iron Man 2 has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.
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57 out of 100
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