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Men in Black Reviews

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 12, 2014
Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre.
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August 12, 2014
Men In Black deserves credit for supplementing its special effects with a breezy script and genuinely charismatic performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
August 2, 2013
Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 31, 2013
Men in Black is moderately amusing, well-constructed and mercifully short, but it fails to deliver on the zaniness of its first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2013
There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2013
A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Every time the film makes you chuckle, you may also feel it's zapped you with a neuralizer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 7, 2008
A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
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June 5, 2007
The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 17, 2007
It's just the best yuk of the week.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's so much fun, in fact, that it's almost over before you realise that you've been watching a great idea for a movie in desperate search of a plot.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
As ragged as the humor is, there still are more hits than misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
At times, it may succeed at manipulating you, but you won't like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The result is a rich picture with a winning personality, as modest in theme as it is in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Director Barry Sonnenfeld loads the bases with action, fantasy and laughs, and hits a grand slam.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though its charm is in its attitude and premise (and Danny Elfman's rousing score), Men in Black does have a serviceable plot that kicks in when a rusty flying saucer crash-lands in a rural area.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The cool wit and fun (derived partly from the premise that the cheap tabloids are the only newspapers telling the truth) are deftly maintained, and Sonnenfeld provides a bountiful supply of both fanciful beasties and ingenious visuals.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's smart, it looks sensational and it's funny -- sneaky-funny.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Men in Black continues this summer's tradition, already established by Con Air and Batman and Robin, of big-budget action pictures that at least have the wit to know how silly they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Based on an obscure comic book series by Lowell Cunningham, this cheerfully perverse movie could just as easily have come directly from the text of a supermarket tabloid.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Those accepting Men in Black for what it is will likely agree that this is one of 1997's more satisfying big-budget offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The film's technical team reflects exceptional stylistic harmony.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
For a picture being sold as a big-budget special-effects comedy, Men in Black is surprisingly, pleasingly modest.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Independence Day for smart people.
| Original Score: 4/4