Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Iron Man 2 Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Babies is cute, and Mother and Child is powerful.

by | May 7, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies brings just one wide release: Iron Man 2, the hotly-anticipated superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, and Scarlett Johansson. What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1197264[/tomatometer]

Iron Man 2

As with many blockbuster sequels, Iron Man 2 is bigger, louder, and filled with more characters than its predecessor. Critics say that doesn’t mean it’s better, but it’s still got enough firepower to kick off the summer in fine style — and the always-delightful presence of Robert Downey Jr. ensures that Iron Man 2 stays on track. Downey is back as Tony Stark, the multimillionaire and professional adventurer who dons the high-tech Iron Man getup and is reluctant to turn his creation over to the military. However, he’s got other problems on his hands — most notably Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who’s got an old score to settle with Stark. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Iron Man 2 features strong work from its fine ensemble cast, and the action scenes are top-notch, but overall, it doesn’t quite have the heft of the first film. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Cheadle’s best-reviewed movies.)


Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Musicals Musical Photos Animation Polls and Games cooking Showtime Emmys sports Mary Tyler Moore Election Sneak Peek serial killer Adult Swim USA Certified Fresh Amazon Sundance cats Cartoon Network TBS Biopics Interview YA Esquire composers 2017 2015 Drama Trailer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Country period drama Extras APB diversity GLAAD BBC Year in Review NBC Music RT History ABC Fox News SundanceTV The CW police drama zombie Box Office Fantasy Comedy crime drama Starz Warner Bros. Tomatazos Crackle Martial Arts Awards History BET based on movie FX Set visit Syfy CBS Podcast Dark Horse Comics DirecTV adventure talk show Mystery IFC supernatural Summer science fiction Writers Guild of America OWN social media E3 Lifetime GIFs VICE PBS MTV TLC Nat Geo comiccon cops historical drama Disney biography crime thriller Tumblr Masterpiece PaleyFest Universal Food Network The Arrangement ESPN Mindy Kaling crime Best and Worst El Rey GoT Schedule SDCC Winners Thanksgiving Logo Winter TV Sci-Fi sitcom TIFF discovery singing competition Oscars DC Universe Horror dramedy Reality Character Guide Paramount TV Netflix thriller technology Red Carpet Toys Rocky docudrama Rom-Com Holidays Reality Competition TruTV CBS All Access TCA 2017 X-Men Cosplay cinemax CNN CMT Premiere Dates TCA Pop Ellie Kemper 45 war Marvel President TNT A&E Ghostbusters TCM Teen American Society of Cinematographers ABC Family Fall TV Bravo aliens VH1 Kids & Family Trivia ITV Opinion 2016 politics Action travel psycho Disney Channel First Look vampires Calendar E! TV Land political drama LGBTQ Super Bowl Nickelodeon 24 frames harry potter WGN AMC Watching Series Superheroes Nominations Marathons Pirates MSNBC HBO NYCC Video Games Rock Comic Book DC Comics Comedy Central Spring TV Lionsgate Countdown Star Trek BBC America 007 transformers boxoffice Grammys FXX Freeform Infographic Hulu Valentine's Day FOX Star Wars