Early IRON MAN 3 Reviews on Par with AVENGERS, 1st IRON MAN


As Iron Man 3 reviews start to trickle in — mostly from international press — the film looks to be the latest Marvel Studios critical hit.

On Rotten Tomatoes, Iron Man 3 currenetly has a 93 percent positive score, in an index of 30 reviews. By comparison, last summer's The Avengers ended up with a 93 percent total (off of 294 reviews), as did 2008's original Iron Man (238 reviews). 2010's Iron Man 2 didn't fare as well with reviewers, notching 73 percent positive reviews among 273 indexed.

Based on just five early reviews, Metacritic — which has a lower sample size and offers a qualitative score — has Iron Man 3 at a 74 out of 100, higher than the final scores for Avengers (69) and Iron Man 2 (57), yet it'll have to notch a few more glowing reviews to equal the 79 score of Robert Downey Jr.'s first stint in the role.


Iron Man 3 opens in the United Kingdom this week, and British daily paper The Guardian called it "smart, funny and spectacular" and "luxury superhero entertainment." Another daily, The Telegraph, said that "[Ben] Kingsley's Mandarin might be the smartest screen interpretation of a villain since Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight."

Time Out London was a little less kind, giving the film three stars out of five. The review praised parts of Shane Black's performance as director and co-screenwriter, but wrote, "He seems out of his depth during the larger set pieces: the action sequences are busy and confusing, especially the misjudged, threat-free climax."

There isn't much in the way of domestic reviews at this stage, but The Hollywood Reporter contrasted it positively with Iron Man 2, and praised Downey's work; "at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb."

Avengers and the original Iron Man are the two best-reviewed Marvel Studios films of the six released so far, and the two highest-grossing, domestically. If that pattern and the positive Iron Man 3 reviews both keep up, Iron Man 3, out in the US and Canada on May 3, could be the next major success story for Disney and Marvel.

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