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Iron Man 2

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his superhero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    72%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Downey whips out the big guns, sexy banter in fun sequel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Iron Man has even more explosions and action than the original, but it also ups the snarky humor and sexual innuendo. The two biggest concerns for parents are violence (while there's not much blood, there are plenty of bombs, weapons, and fights, as well as two men who are briefly shown hanging to death) and consumerism (several brands are featured again and again to the point that the movie seems like an expensive commercial for Audi, especially). Although there is only one climactic kiss, there are lots of double entendres and innuendo-filled jokes that may go over the heads of tweens and younger teens. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, is still not the role model of power and responsibility that Peter Parker is, but he knows when and how to help. Scarlett Johansson's character is strong, but she's so objectified it's hard to think of her as a role model to young girls.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the immense popularity (and profitability) of comics-based movies and superheroes. What do you think is the appeal of superhero flicks? And what's up with sequels? Why do you think almost every superhero movie has at least one sequel?
  • Are weapons of war glamorized in the movie? Should weapons be portrayed as that shiny and cool? What message does this send?
  • Ivan Vanko is obviously a criminal, but is he justified in feeling wronged by the Stark family? Who is on the right side of the argument?
  • Tony Stark says he doesn't need a sidekick, but in the end, he does need Rhodey's help. Is Rhodey more than a sidekick? How is their relationship different than the typical hero-sidekick dynamic?
  • In the world of superheroes, Tony stands apart as a pretty selfish rich guy outside of his Iron Man persona. Discuss how he's different than other comic-book heroes like Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Bruce Wayne/Batman?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    72%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It doesn't come close to the emotional heft of those two rare 2s that outclassed their ones: Superman 2 and Spider-Man 2. But Iron Man 2 hums along quite nicely.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

When it comes to sequels, they are usually better than the original, or not as good. (I've never seen a movie where the sequel and its predecessor are equally good.) Unfortunately, Iron Man 2 is not as good as the first one. I'm gonna be honest and say that I didn't expect it to be any better. The first one is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made and I didn't think a sequel could top it. Iron Man 2 isn't a bad film though, it just has more flaws than I would've wanted to see. In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is dealing with a lot of stuff in his life: The U.S. government wants his suit to weaponize it, the arc reactor in his chest is poisoning him, stuff that added more story arcs to the movie. I'm not gonna lie, I liked seeing Stark deal with all of that stuff, but I felt all the story arcs made the movie more convoluted. One subplot I didn't care for was Pepper Potts being made CEO of Stark Industries. It made the movie slow and it was part of the pacing issues the movie had. There's also a new villain, Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) played by Mickey Rourke, Rourke was good in the movie, but his character was overshadowed by another antagonist, Justin Hammer, played by Sam Rockwell. Rockwell was also pretty good and whenever I saw him on screen, he reminded me of Seth Green. Not by the way he acted, but by how he looked something like him. I would've liked to see Stark interact more with the villains (especially since the last fight is about 30 seconds) but I still think seeing Vanko and Hammer work together was cool. The action scenes, as expected, were great. The effects matched those of the original and seeing Iron Man and War Machine fight side by side and against eachother was pretty entertaining. Scarlett Johansson is one of the new cast members in the movie and wow. She is seriously hot. She plays Black Widow and I know she's part of the Avengers set up but come on, any guy who watches this movie is sure to just stare on and on at Johansson. (She was good in her role as well.) The movie did have some pacing issues, the many story arcs made in convoluted and hard to follow, but it had solid acting, fun action scenes, despite the flaws with the story arcs, they were interesting to watch, and the movie is enough for anyone who simply wants to watch a fun movie which provides entertainment for anyone who wants to have a good time watching a good superhero movie.

- fb100000716838411, Sunday, June 17, 2012

2 stars

Second verse, same as the first: fast, incomprehensible, and pseudo-intellectual.

- aliceinpunderland, Monday, May 21, 2012

2 stars

What a joke. Special effects and Scarlet's hot body can't save this film from a poorly written screenplay.

- fb100002366419150, Sunday, May 13, 2012