3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Favreau keeps it all balanced and pulls off some tremendous set pieces....Best of all is Rockwell who plays the low-rent rival of Stark to the hilt..."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (04/27/2010)
3 stars out of 5 -- "Things rally in time for an all-out finale, with a power-suited Downey and War Machine Cheadle taking on Rockwell's droids and Scarlett's SHIELD vixen..."
Total Film - Neil Smith (04/08/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- “[A] total blast....Rourke is a bloody wonder, spitting out his lines in an outrageous Russian accent to rival John Malkovich in ROUNDERS.”
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (05/13/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "IRON MAN 2 is a polished, high-octane sequel....Sam Rockwell gives a wry comic performance as Hammer..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (05/05/2010)
"Mr. Rourke composes a fugue of malevolence in his own demented key....Mr. Rourke takes possession of the movie every time he shows up."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (05/07/2010)
"Robert Downey Jr. is still spirited and affably snide in IRON MAN 2 as Tony Stark, the brilliant and fabulously rich inventor/superhero."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (05/06/2010)
"[D]irector Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux treat most of the scenes with a light, glancing wit....Downey is reliably funny in his runaway egotism, and Rockwell's Hammer proves the ideal adversary..." -- Grade: B
A.V. Club - Scott Tobias (05/06/2010)
"Sam Rockwell gives a lively, wry performance as Justin Hammer....Mr. Rourke is a formidable physical presence, just as he was in THE WRESTLER..."
Wall Street Journal (05/07/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "Like the original, IRON MAN 2 is a good time from start to finish....The action sequences are vastly improved this time, but it's the character moments you'll walk out remembering..."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (05/05/2010)
"[T]he film picks and mixes elements from 40 years of storylines, combining several villains to create a role for Micky Rourke as a tattooed, gold-toothed Russian genius/brawler....Rourke is interestingly matched against Robert Downey Jr..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (07/01/2010)