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Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 75
Rotten: 118

Critics Consensus: Lacking the freshness of the first movie, MIB 2 recycles elements from its predecessor with mixed results.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Lacking the freshness of the first movie, MIB 2 recycles elements from its predecessor with mixed results.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 923,209


Movie Info

Otherworldly villains are on the loose again, and it's up to Earth's interstellar police force to bring them to justice in this sequel to the sci-fi comedy blockbuster Men in Black. Agent Jay (Will Smith) has become a high-ranking member of the Men in Black, the secret government task force designed to deal with unruly visitors from other worlds, while his former cohort, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), had his memory wiped clean and now lives a simple but contented life as a mailman. However, an … More

PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Barry Fanaro , Robert Gordon
In Theaters:
Nov 26, 2002
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Men in Black II

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (118) | DVD (39)

The down-home satire of how we cope with cultural difference has evaporated, replaced by jazzy effects that wear out their welcome by the halfway mark.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie's smart, funny and fairly forgettable.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It isn't without a modicum of felicitous charms.

Full Review… | November 25, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A mixed bag of a comedy that can't really be described as out of this world.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

If the first Men in Black was money, the second is small change. But it still jingles in the pocket. It's fun lite.

July 11, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Men in Black 2 might be a retread of the first one, but I still say it's worth seeing. The stars are great in this.

Full Review… | July 10, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It can't be said enough how much Smith's charisma and Jones' deadpan delivery almost save this movie and it's to their credit that this movie isn't as bad as it should be.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

In the absence of the first film's rhythm, wit, and novelty, it's a typically lazy, diminishing-returns sequel.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Groucho Reviews

"Men in Black II" never matched the first film's perfect blend of action, comedy, and sci-fi elements.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Crazy creatures, some scares, and loads of fun.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

A fiercely and aggressively bad movie...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...falls prey to the syndrome that affects many sequels: the apparently irresistible desire to replicate the formula from the first film.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008

About the most uninspired rehash of a popular hit I've ever seen.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008

A virtually identical remake of the 1997 blockbuster which offers almost nothing new.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Men in Black II could care less whether you believe in it or not, or frankly, whether you bought the ticket and spent your time on the concession line trying to buy Goobers.

Full Review… | November 2, 2005

The acting is good, the direction is good, the special effects are great, only the jokes are a little flat and far between and nothing very original is offered up here.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Three Movie Buffs

Sadly, the movie has no new ideas worth mentioning.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

This film is so full of special effects that it seems as if there are only about seven minutes of actual story-telling from which to decipher a plot.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

We watch and think, 'Yeah. So? What else can they do?' It's not that it's dull so much as that it's familiar.

Full Review… | July 24, 2004

Men in Black II doesn't replicate the blithely funny and hip attitude of the original.

Full Review… | June 23, 2004

Like a lot of the movie, the special effects are 'been there, done that.'

Full Review… | May 9, 2004
Apollo Guide

With MIB2, [Sonnenfeld] triumphs yet again in giving us a quick -- albeit silly -- cinematic fix.

Full Review… | February 1, 2004

A textbook example of a redundant, middle-of-the-road summer sequel tailored to please the most easily entertained of moviegoers.

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

The best thing about Men in Black II is the talking dog.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Men in Black II

Tommy Lee Jones & Will Smith give great performances, but it is not enough to grasp the attention of its audience as it fails to garner the touch from its predecessor. Men in Black II lacks the originality and goes excessively in too deep on its already familiar settlement. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Once again aliens with a malevolent agenda are running loose on Earth, and the only hope for stopping them lies in the hands of the Men in Black in this sequel to the 1997 hit.

Yeah, the effects are once again top notch, and the performances from Smith and Jones ultimately save things, but overall, this sequel is a real disappointment.

For one thing, it just feels really uninspired, and doesn't have the level of engagement as the first one. It's also rather lazy, extremely hit and miss with the humor (mostly miss), and criminally short where the run time is concerned.

Sure, it does have it's moments, and it's not a bore when it comes to entertainment, but nothing is really done to make the audience really care. This film easily comes off as a typical sequel summer cash in event, and that's a shame. It's really too bad they didn't take more time to craft something worthwhile instead of ending up with some quite lackluster and dull.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

'Men in Black II' feels a lot less original compared to its original. This could have been a new, clever chapter for both Kay and Jay. Instead, it feels like the original story, but its lost its punch and humor.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


It's pretty much the same, so much that it's near enough a clone of the original. And yet it isn't as funny the second time around. Men in Black II is heavier on action but has almost no laughs or charisma, and relies primarily on the formula of the first film and the chemistry between Smith and Jones and consequently, it's to frightened to try anything different. It's quite simply the perfect example of an awaited sequel that turns out to be a dissapointment.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Men in Black II Quotes

Kay, he's a Ball-chinnian.
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Frank the Pug:
Yada, yada. She's attractive, she's not that kind of species & I'm attractive.
Am I supposed to take advice of love from a dude that chases his own ass?
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Oh great, right in the pie-hole! Now nothing's going to taste right!
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Corn Face:
You don't look too good.
Yeah & you look like crap.
Dog Poop:
I take that back. He looked liked crap.
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
Frank the Pug:
Hey, Jay. Zero percent body fat.
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)

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