(2013)

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91
Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular.
88
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.
88
A madly creative, darkly comical, and fiendishly self-aware actioner with muscle to spare.
83
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.
80
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.
80
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.
75
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.
63
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.
63
A big, kabooming sequel that plays sleight-of-hand with its audience.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
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
The third iteration of a franchise that began so well becomes a hollow hymn to martial gadgetry. The suits and story clank in unison.

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