Zade Rosenthal
Jeff Labrecque
September 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Iron Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/02/08
performer
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
director
Jon Favreau
distributor
Paramount Studios
author
Mark Fergus, Art Marcum, Hawk Ostby
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

While The Dark Knight forever altered the superhero landscape, the more frivolous Iron Man boasts the genre’s most charismatic crusader. Downey’s Tony Stark is the waggish yin to Bruce Wayne’s brooding yang, and woe to the man who dares trespass on Downey’s scenes. His dynamic screen test (among this special edition’s four hours of EXTRAS) underscores the hunger behind his pitch to Paltrow: ”Aren’t you tired of doing those great little movies that no one sees?” B+

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