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Iron Man

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Suit up for action with Robert Downey Jr. in the ultimate adventure movie you've been waiting for, Iron Man!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great action, lots of style, some iffy stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids may clamor to see this fast-paced, action-packed comic book-based adventure. But it's definitely more age-appropriate for teens than younger children. Although much of the violence is clearly meant to be based in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy -- and/or is shown at a distance -- there's plenty of it, from massive explosions to children held at gunpoint to super-powered fistfights. Some of the violence is war themed, and some characters get hurt and/or die. While much is made of lead character Tony Stark's devil-may-care lifestyle of fun and frolic, viewers also see him turn away from the more irresponsible aspects of playboyhood. Language is minimal, and sexual content is more suggested than shown overall -- though there are a few eyebrow-raising moments.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of comic book movies. Do they speak to escapism or darker fantasies about power?
  • How does the fact that much of the movie's violence is based in fantasy affect its impact? How is it different watching human characters get hurt than robots and other beings?
  • Iron Man may be a do-gooder, but he's no Boy Scout. Can heroic characters still be flawed? Does that make them more heroic or less?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Iron Man is a shapely piece of mythmaking.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: Downey imbues this superhero with a heart that glows as radiantly as the power reactor implants in his chest.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The payoff of casting Downey is as big as the risk. He's not in the movie, he owns it in a way that makes it hard to imagine without him.

- Mark Rahner, Seattle Times, Thursday, May 1, 2008

Audience Reviews

5 stars

This was one of the best super hero movies ive seen yet. Robert Downey

- jmanard52, Monday, October 6, 2008

4 stars

"Iron Man" is pure formula, but it's executed with such skill and precision that what was old seems brand new again. Thanks to a perfectly matched cast of Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrance Howard, "Iron Man" is funny, exciting, memorable and a whole lot of fun.

- stevenecarrier, Saturday, October 2, 2010

4 stars

This was fantastic. Especially when they are on to inventing something new. I liked the special effects they used. The movie is quite a long. But you won't be bored I tell you.

- 3niR, Monday, September 20, 2010