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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?

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Release date: May 3, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content
 
Official website: http://marvel.com/ironman3
 
Runtime: 130 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Thanks to Downey’s genius, Iron Man 3 is equally terrific, whether Tony’s fending off an army of villains or bantering with a kid in a shed on a cold, snowy night. ...read more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    A madly creative, darkly comical, and fiendishly self-aware actioner with muscle to spare. ...read more

  • 83
    Film.com - by William Goss
    Downey, Jr. remains a rightfully cherished smartass figure, having as much a ball with Black’s one-liners as he had in “KKBB,” and he sells Tony’s newfound post-traumatic vulnerability more credibly than the film does. ...read more

  • 80
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    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. ...read more

  • 80
    Total Film - by James Mottram
    Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead’s most entertaining solo flight to date. It’s also an impressive pace-setter for this summer’s barrage of big movies. ...read more

  • 80
    Empire - by Nick de Semlyen
    Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius. If this does turn out to be Downey Jr.’s final solo outing, it’s a very strong exit. ...read more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    Black and his co-screenwriter, first-timer Drew Pearce, have great fun reshuffling the deck, teasing about who might occupy what superhero suit and morphing the story along with identity revelations and expansions of the dramatic horizons; the well-chosen cast members respond in kind with virtually palpable glee. ...read more

  • 80
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    Black has an instinctive feel for balancing action set-pieces against the passages of soap-opera that are required to make them matter. ...read more

  • 80
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Iron Man 3 is smart, funny and spectacular. ...read more

  • 75
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    The balance between human interaction and mechanical mayhem works well until the end, when flying suits and exploding bodies fill the screen. ...read more

  • 75
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    It's solidly entertaining, with Downey's roguish charm as appealing as ever. ...read more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    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. ...read more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Iron Man 3 has the stuff to please the devotees and divert everyone else, which is pretty much what's expected from the curtain-raiser of any summer season. ...read more

  • 75
    The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
    For all the film's flaws, Black brings enough to the table that it's far from a chore, and if this level of ingenuity and surprise can be maintained, there'll be no need for Tony to hang up his Iron Man helmet any time soon. ...read more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    At least this time "Goopy" Paltrow gets to perform a few superheroics herself, along with enduring some heavy-duty torture that’s bound to please her haters — for whom the sight of the top of her face being peeled off in "Contagion" was like Christmas in July. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    Black and company throw all kinds of stuff at the audience, and though it doesn't all work, a lot of it does and the attempt to be different and create unguessable twists is always appreciated. ...read more

  • 70
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    As far as bored and cynical, playing-out-the-string comic-book action sequels go – hey, Iron Man 3 is a pretty good one! ...read more

  • 70
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    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. ...

  • 67
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Iron Man 3 is missing that old Tony Stark spark. Not from Robert Downey Jr., who is still the best thing about this overblown show. ...read more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    The real question for audiences isn’t whether Tony Stark/Iron Man defeats the latest supervillain (of course he does), but whether the movie itself rises above the dreaded third-in-a-sequel torpor of "Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight." Spoiler alert: Yes, mostly, it does. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    A big, kabooming sequel that plays sleight-of-hand with its audience. ...read more

  • 63
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Marvel Studios will only be able to draw from this well only so many times, though, before fatigue sets in. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The best scenes are when Stark just cuts impatiently through the claptrap. ...read more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    The broad, goofy jokes and one-liners land — even if they feel a little winded, this time. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Given the keys to the franchise and a role in the writing, Black has massively upped the verbal sparring and kept the broad inventiveness of comic-book malleability in mind. “I’m a mechanic,” Stark says to the boy in a moment of self-doubt. That’s 100% Black, that line, a tidy code of craft, and the jitters pass. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out London - by Tom Huddleston
    It’s undeniably entertaining – and worth seeing for Kingsley alone – with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory. ...read more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    Here, it’s hard not to wish Downey were sparring with his costumed comrades again, instead of trading barbs with the far-less-colorful cast members — old and new — of this busy, sporadically diverting sequel. ...read more

  • 50
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable. The plot goes from clang to bang. Downey Jr. is still the best thing about this series. ...read more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    The third iteration of a franchise that began so well becomes a hollow hymn to martial gadgetry. The suits and story clank in unison. ...read more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    A frantic, occasionally funny, finally enervating bricolage of special effects, explosive set pieces, sardonic one--liners and notional human emotions, this branch of the Marvel franchise tree feels brittle and over--extended enough to snap off entirely. ...read more

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Judged solely in comparison to its corporate cousins, Iron Man 3 is a defective model. It’s lightweight but slow, padded with cheap jokes to disguise how hollow it is. ...read more

  • 50
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    Unfortunately, that sharp-eyed domestic comedy is dwarfed by the far less well-written supervillain crime plot that surrounds it. ...read more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Violent and nonsensical, with story elements in contradiction, it is lifted up by the efforts of the actors, who try to put a human face on the blockbuster machinery and almost succeed. ...

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    The film provides more of the same and nothing startlingly innovative, but what's here is good. ...read more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    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—too much plot, too much action, too many characters, too many pseudo-feelings. ...read more

  • 50
    Variety - by Scott Foundas
    Iron Man 3 is more perfunctory and workmanlike than its two predecessors, but this solid production still delivers more than enough of what fans expect. ...read more

  • 40
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    Stuff blows up and then more stuff blows up because that’s what happens when diversions like this hit movie screens around this time of year: chaos reigns and then some guy cleans it up. ...

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