Parents' Guide to

Iron Man 3

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fewer playboy antics, but still plenty of violence.

Movie PG-13 2013 129 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 10+

Very different to the first two

CSM says all three Iron Man movies are 13+. I disagree, and I worry that parents will discount important differences between the movies because they all get the same rating. I don’t care about ‘language’ (I’m British so ‘profanity’ is my mother tongue) or mild sexual references that my 7yo will just ignore. I also don’t mind comic book violence, though it does bore me after a while. I want to know: is it disturbing for younger kids? IM3 is different from the first two in three respects: 1. The violence is much more explicit: a man burns up from the inside while begging for help. A man is shot in the head (off-screen). The theme of terrorism is scary and hard for younger kids to understand. 2. The plot is clever (Ben Kingsley is superb as the ‘terrorist mastermind’), morally complex-and confusing. My 7yo was bored and disappointed. 3. The baddies look like humans, not robots, and their badness manifests as fire erupting through their skin and eyes. They sometimes explode completely. I covered my son’s eyes for a LOT of the movie, and I wish I hadn’t let him watch it with me. In any case, he hated it.
age 11+

Good

Marvel Awesomeness 9/10

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (196 ):

Although this sequel is fun to watch, when compared to The Avengers, it comes up short. On the positive side, Downey Jr. is always entertaining as Tony Stark/Iron Man, particularly in the flashbacks to 1999, when he's at his most self-aggrandizing, selfish playboy genius. Director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), who takes over directing responsibilities from Jon Favreau (now a producer with a recurring supporting role), delights in Downey's gift for fast-talking banter and whip-smart one liners, but he also concentrates on Stark's newfound vulnerability and possible sense of unworthiness when compared to his fellow Avengers. For the first time, Stark is anxious. He knows how devastating it would be to lose the one thing he loves -- Pepper -- and he wonders whether Capt. America is right, and he's just a guy with a souped-up suit.

The Mandarin is an evilly delicious villain (you'll see), and Pearce's Killian is a formidably sleazy foil (and cautionary tale) about remembering who you've blown off in the past, but after a big reveal, the story folds up a little too neatly (save for one surprise), and Tony's anxiety attacks start to feel a wee bit over the top. Ultimately, if you watch all the way past the credits, you'll be rewarded with a cameo sequence that will excite Marvel fans and remind viewers that no matter how fun these individual superhero stories are, it's the promise of more Avengers that's the best.

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