Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Iron Man 3 is Certified Fresh

Plus, What Maisie Knew is a poignant drama.

by | May 3, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got only one new wide release in theaters, but it’s a biggie: the hotly-anticipated Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. What do the critics have to say?



Iron Man 3

80%

They say that clothes make the man, but what’s made the Iron Man franchise consistently rewarding is the man inside the suit; Robert Downey, Jr. is Tony Stark, perhaps the wittiest and coolest superhero alter-ego in contemporary cinema. The critics say Downey is in fine form in Iron Man 3, and director Shane Black (mostly) maintains the series’ tricky balance between spectacle and light comedy while serving up a few intriguing tweaks to the formula. Tony Stark is still recovering from the events of The Avengers, while leaving the management of Stark International to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Pepper is approached by an old colleague of Tony’s about a new organic technology, but will it be a blessing or a curse — and how will Iron Man respond to threats from a ruthless terrorist? The pundits say the Certified Fresh Iron Man 3 is a sharp, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a countdown of Downey’s best-reviewed movies and 24 Frames for a gallery of notable part IIIs.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • You Will Be My Son, a psychological drama about an aging vineyard owner who wants to bequeath the property to a man who is not his son, is at 100 percent.
  • Dead Man’s Burden, a Western about a Civil War vet who returns to his family’s homestead to investigate the death of his father, is at 100 percent.
  • What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan in a drama about the effects of divorce on a seven-year-old girl, is at 81 percent.
  • Olivier AssayasSomething in the Air, a semi-autobiographical period drama about a young man’s coming of age during a period of political unrest in France, is at 80 percent.
  • Susanne Bier‘s Love Is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan in a romantic comedy about a pair of lovelorn souls who meet at a wedding in Italy, is at 76 percent.
  • Caroline And Jackie, a drama about two sisters whose shared past comes to light while on a birthday excursion, is at 71 percent.
  • The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder in a drama about the double life of a family man who’s also a contract killer, is at 69 percent.
  • Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s, a documentary about the behind-the-scenes workings of the famous department store, is at 67 percent.
  • Kiss Of The Damned, about a lonely vampire whose budding love affair is interrupted by the arrival of her wild sister, is at 56 percent.
  • Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley in a biopic of Jeff Buckley that also alludes to the life of his singer/songwriter father, is at 55 percent.
  • Post Tenebras Lux, an impressionistic drama about a wealthy Mexican family’s internal dysfunction and class tension with its poorer neighbors, is at 45 percent.
  • 1st Night, starring Richard E. Grant and Sarah Brightman in a period comedy about a wealthy industrialist staging an opera at his mansion, is at 13 percent.
  • Generation Um…, starring Keanu Reeves as a man who films his travels with a pair of escorts around New York City, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

comiccon vampires Valentine's Day Calendar American Society of Cinematographers Cartoon Network Character Guide DC Universe SundanceTV Martial Arts TV TCA 2017 Oscars VH1 cooking AMC RT History Acorn TV Pixar The CW adventure Infographic medical drama war USA Network Spring TV Teen Schedule MSNBC Showtime singing competition Watching Series TLC dceu Country BBC Paramount thriller Musicals TV Land Lifetime police drama MTV TCA NBC Nickelodeon zombie Dark Horse Comics TBS Western Spike Box Office Podcast TCM 24 frames GLAAD historical drama Ellie Kemper talk show Hulu Polls and Games based on movie Food Network docudrama Comedy Central Video Games Syfy X-Men travel Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt SDCC Fall TV Comedy Trivia Tomatazos ITV El Rey Action Animation Pop APB Christmas Extras PaleyFest cinemax Sci-Fi Tumblr BBC America crime thriller Holidays DC Comics Bravo ratings Crackle Masterpiece Pirates Ghostbusters FX Star Trek Superheroes 45 harry potter Nominations dramedy Mystery FXX Rom-Com 2015 Esquire President YA WGN Set visit spy thriller Warner Bros. Trailer diversity USA Interview romance TIFF transformers ABC Family 21st Century Fox social media Netflix Toys Comic Book VICE Reality Sundance composers ESPN Premiere Dates Music Countdown golden globes psycho First Look OWN ABC Awards HBO CBS All Access Winter TV Mary Tyler Moore binge Sneak Peek TNT Universal Disney GoT Photos aliens what to watch Creative Arts Emmys Horror Starz Sundance Now technology 2016 Red Carpet Freeform Writers Guild of America politics Rocky Biopics Lionsgate Logo Grammys Drama E3 Musical The Arrangement discovery CMT CNN Fox News Winners NYCC CBS A&E crime Summer serial killer Opinion Mindy Kaling justice league Paramount Network Britbox boxoffice period drama crime drama Thanksgiving Star Wars dc Emmys Marvel BET E! FOX 007 Adult Swim Year in Review PBS Cosplay Election GIFs Marathons cops Best and Worst Rock sports science fiction Disney Channel cats TruTV LGBTQ Reality Competition sitcom Kids & Family See It Skip It 2017 supernatural Nat Geo Amazon IFC political drama Super Bowl DirecTV Fantasy History Certified Fresh biography