Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark in the third instalment of Marvel's Iron Man. Largely confined to his workshop after the events of The Avengers, Stark is sidelined from superhero duties until he calls out violent terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Pausing a campaign of anti-U.S. attacks, The Mandarin takes a personal interest in Stark, who soon finds his whole life threatened by a foe more powerful than he or the government anticipated.

The once over-confident Tony Stark is still rattled by the battle of New York in which he helped to repel an alien invasion. Anxious and having trouble sleeping, Stark obsessively works on his Iron Man suits, to the consternation of girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Potts is soon in the firing line along with a scientist and former lover (Rebecca Hall), after Stark challenges international terrorist The Mandarin, who turns his deadly attention towards Stark in a spectacular attack on his home. As The Mandarin returns to his plan to strike at the heart of American politics, Stark must overcome his own battered psyche, familiar faces from his past and a new wave of formidable weaponry to stop him. Written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Based on Warren Ellis' comic book arc Extremis.

2013Rating: M, contains violence130 minsUSA
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Iron Man 3 / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Following the triumph of The Avengers, Marvel Studios proves two important things with Iron Man 3: firstly, that a Marvel film focusing on "only" one hero still has plenty to offer the blockbuster landscape; and secondly, that they are true masters of assigning directors to material.

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Variety

Variety

Stages a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.

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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

It’s undeniably entertaining – and worth seeing for Kingsley alone – with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Black has an instinctive feel for balancing action set-pieces against the passages of soap-opera that are required to make them matter.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

To use a recondite term in professional film criticism: whoo-hoo!

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius.

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