Iron Man 2

Last updated date: June 27, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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Overall Take

"'Iron Man 2" is a strong sequel with the action sequences superhero fans love. The main actors are charismatic and captivating. While it certainly delivers on some fronts, the movie does rely heavily on CGI and special effects. In our analysis of 140 expert reviews, the Marvel Studios Iron Man 2 placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.1
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
2,912 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Beyond those superficial specifics, one can read into Iron Man 2 (as is the case with many superhero movies) some serious spiritual themes.
- Plugged In
I like how the story slowly introduces us to SHIELD, which becomes a stepping stone to the Avengers movie.
- All Readers
However, it’s the injection of humour in the most surprising moments that save this film from the scrapheap. It makes for an okay sequel, carried over by the impossible charisma that is Downey.
- Medium
April 20, 2018 | Full review
The most enjoyably scenery-chewing acting of the movie, however, comes from Mickey Rourke, who looks as if he's having the time of his life as Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash, a disenchanted Russian with a family grudge against Stark as well as the ability to come up with a suit of his own to challenge our hero for world domination.
- Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2010 | Full review
You want a sequel, you got a sequel. "Iron Man 2," directed like the first one by Jon Favreau, gets the job done.
- Roger Ebert
May 5, 2010 | Full review
What made the original film so, well, original, was the notion of a superhero as a conflicted individual with enough complexes and mental crises that saving the planet became a sort of stress-relief valve.
- The Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2010 | Full review
Iron Man 2 is a tale of revenge. But, unlike those films, this is one of the breeziest blockbusters you’re likely to see.
- Empire
ron Man 2 is a good film as a follow up to both its predecessors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dealing with the fallout Stark receives after stating he’s the titular Iron Man at the end of the first film.
- Reel Rundown
January 15, 2018 | Full review
Actor Robert Downey Jr. dons the red and gold metal suit once again, giving fans a sequel that's even better than the original.
- CBN
Iron Man 2 is exactly what's it's supposed to be. It's a glossy big-budget sequel that delivers a continuing post-origin story. While it's not chapter-and-verse based on any comic story and takes a lot of liberties, Iron Man 2 is an undeniably fun piece of comic and summer entertainment.
- Every Movie Has A Lesson
May 16, 2010 | Full review
Thankfully, in both films, Favreau had the good sense to surround himself with gifted artists whose passion matched their abilities. Despite being more traditional in structure and theme than the original, Iron Man 2 offers just about everything anyone could ask for in a superhero spectacular, and then some.
- TV Guide
Iron Man 2 is a highly-enjoyable time at the movies and a great kick-off to the summer.
- Collider
May 6, 2010 | Full review
The first half hour or so is brilliant, and the first clash with Whiplash – who confronts Stark at Monaco, shaving a fair bit of weight from his racing car in the process – seems to set the rest of the film up perfectly.
- NME
April 27, 2010 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Iron Man 2 has all the baggage you'd expect in a 2010 superhero film. While it's a touch less problematic than its predecessor, it still fires up some foul language, some gratuitous sexuality, some heavy-duty (though not grotesque) violence.
- Plugged In
More than the quantity of chaos, it’s that shallowness which proves this second installment’s greatest failing.
- Slant Magazine
May 5, 2010 | Full review
The film struggles to keep up with the ever-growing list of villains/allies and sort of gets muddled in the middle
- Medium
April 20, 2018 | Full review
Visual and CGI effects are the best and worst thing about "Iron Man 2." The film relies far too much on them. They catch one up in the action, but, unfortunately, nothing else does.
- The Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2010 | Full review
The climax is a particular disappointment, a beefed-up re-run of the last film’s final reel, in which featureless metal men thump each other until one falls over.
- Empire
This seems to be a waste of a character who could have been more of a challenge and gives the effect of the filmmakers spending less time on him in order to focus more on the plot.
- Reel Rundown
January 15, 2018 | Full review
Parents should know that there is a bit of up-close violence even beyond the explosions and fighting usually shown in action films, including a moment when Ivan Ranko is seen talking on the phone with fresh blood on his hands and two dead men hanging in the background.
- CBN
Numerous mini plotlines
- Collider
May 6, 2010 | Full review
Sadly, the rest never really comes. The middle of Iron Man 2 sags badly, with Rourke off to work for rival weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer, who wants to eradicate Iron Man and Stark by creating an update on it
- NME
April 27, 2010 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his super hero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit... but for Ivan Vanko ("Whiplash"), it's revenge!

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Overall Score: 8.5
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4. Iron Man 2
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An Overview On Movies

While watching new movies in the theater comes with lots of excitement, there’s nothing quite like curling up on the couch to watch a movie at home. In many cases, watching a movie at home is far cheaper than going to the theater, especially if you have several movie-watching friends. But adding in some popcorn and sodas, the whole evening can cost an arm and a leg!

When you watch a movie at home, you have the benefit of having control. At the theater, the movie stops for no one. If you miss a line, for example, you can’t replay the crucial scene you missed. At home, on the other hand, you have the freedom to re-watch lines or scenes when you need more time to figure out what is happening. For those that need frequent bathroom breaks, you can easily pause the movie at home, whereas you may miss pivotal scenes when you have to run out of the theater.

At the theater, you’re surrounded by all sorts of people. Some are loud and obnoxious and can ruin your night with spoilers or unnecessary commentary. Having to deal with people kicking the back of your seat or throwing popcorn at the screen is no fun either. When you’re at home, you can choose who you get to watch the movie with. If you’re in the mood to be alone, you can do that too. That’s not an option you get at the theater!

An important part of the movie-watching experience is the snacks! It’s almost impossible to sit through a full movie without munching on something crunchy or sweet. At the theater, you’re limited to whatever they sell. It’s rare to find things outside of the realm of normal, which includes popcorn, candy and sodas. At home, you can eat whatever you choose with your movie. Some people even create themed snacks that complement the plot of the movie to get really into the storyline.

DYWM Fun Fact

Did you know that the first-ever motion-picture film was made long ago in 1888? “Roundhay Garden Scene” is a short movie, only 2.11 seconds long,  directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince. The black-and-white silent scene of four people walking in a garden actually holds the title in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest surviving film in existence.

A few years later, in 1895, another black-and-white silent short film of a train pulling into a train station caused quite the commotion when it was shown to audiences. “Arrival of a Train” was directed by The Lumière Brothers. Film was such a novelty back then that people were almost frightened of it. Legend says that as the film showed the train coming towards the camera, members of the audience screamed in terror and ran to the back of the room in a panic.

The Movie Buying Guide

  • The most important part of selecting which movie to watch at home is the plot. It’s crucial to pick a movie that is about something that interests you. “The Passion of the Christ” is an emotional and captivating retelling of the final twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion. On the other hand, “Top Gun” is about the Navy’s prestigious fighter weapons school. It follows the adventures of Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he aims to be the best he can be. “Deadpool 2” is about the wisecracking and extremely sarcastic superhero, who joins forces with other powerful do-gooders to help save his friend Russell from a genetically enhanced futuristic soldier. In “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark must navigate the increasing pressure from everyone to share his technology with the military. Now that everyone knows who Iron Man is, the stakes are different for him.
  • Sometimes, the plot of the movie isn’t as important as the genre of the film. For some people, it’s more exciting to choose a film based on the kind of movie it is. Movies often follow similar tropes, themes and storylines based on the kind of genre the movie falls into. “The Passion of the Christ” is a historical drama, unlike “Top Gun,” which is an action film. Both “Deadpool 2” and “Iron Man 2” are superhero movies, full of action and adventure. However, “Deadpool 2” can also be considered a comedy, while “Iron Man 2” is more dramatic and serious.
  • Another important factor to consider when choosing which movie to watch at home is the length. Some movies can be up to three hours long while others are a short 90 minutes. That’s why it’s wise to check the running time of a movie to make sure you have enough time to watch it. For example, “The Passion of the Christ” runs 2 hours and 6 minutes, while “Top Gun” is 1 hour and 49 minutes. “Deadpool 2” is 1 hour and 59 minutes and “Iron Man 2” is 2 hours and 4 minutes.
  • One of the major reasons people choose to watch movies at home instead of the theater is cost. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch “The Passion of the Christ” and “Iron Man 2” for free. You can rent “Top Gun” for under $5 and buy it for under $15. If it’s “Deadpool 2” you’re after, you can buy it for under $20.
  • The rating of a movie may affect whether you choose to watch it at home, depending on your age or the ages of the people you’re watching with. “The Passion of the Christ” and “Deadpool 2” are both rated R, which means that they are not for people under the age of 17 as it contains adult material that is not suitable for children. On the other hand, “Iron Man 2” is rated PG 13, which means that parents should be very cautious showing this movie to children under the age of 13. “Top Gun” is rated PG, which suggests that is suitable for most children with parental guidance.
  • You may want to pick a movie based on how much other viewers have liked it. If you’re going to invest a couple of hours of your time, it’s nice to know that it will be worth it. In this case, “The Passion of the Christ,” “Top Gun,” “Deadpool 2” and “Iron Man 2” are all top-rated flicks, so they are all well-liked by their audiences.