Early Iron Man 2 reviews: It rocks! It sucks! It's ho-hum!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Iron Man 2 doesn't hit theaters until May 7, but reviews are already popping up online, and they range from delirious raves to outright pans. A sampling below.

With about 12 reviews so far, the movie is rating a pretty positive 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Typical of the positive reviews is one by Tom Huddleston at Time Out:

Iron Man 2 is a lot of fun: it's shiny, likeable and never boring. But it's also wildly uneven and unnecessarily convoluted, leaving the viewer unsatisfied and hungry for something more substantial.

There's a few very negative reviews, exemplified by The Hollywood Reporter:

Everything fun and terrific about "Iron Man," a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, "Iron Man 2" has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.

The U.K. Daily Mirror similarly opines: "Given the strength of part one, the sequel is not just a terrific failure but a terrific disappointment."

But then there's the most positive review of all so far, from Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles, who practically wets himself raving about the movie:

IRON MAN 2 is comic movie crack! I remember how I was after I saw SPIDER-MAN 2. It felt like the world finally f--king got it. I thought we'd always have films increasingly badass from that point—and SPIDER-MAN 3 was not better. And I got a tad sad. When you see a comic book movie that is absolutely the best of what that character can be on screen—it is euphoric. Something to celebrate, to revel in. I've been a comic geek my entire life. I remember when Bob Layton really began blowing my mind with IRON MAN. This is that... but on film... with hundreds of talented awesome artists, technicians and craftsmen all supporting that vision.

We'll have our own take up soon.

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