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Men in Black III (2012)

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70

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 158 | Rotten: 69

It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.

71

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 12

It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.

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In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with

Nov 30, 2012

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The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (2)
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It turns out to be reasonably entertaining, though not enough to make me crave Men in Black 4.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that makes up for the first hour's sequelitis.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
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This spirited three-quel comes close to the exuberance of the first Men in Black and is a distinct improvement over its limp 2002 follow-up.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
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It's not a totally unpleasant way to spend an escapist evening, but considering the talent involved, 'MiB3' should have been more out of this world.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

This is the proper sequel to the 1997 original, and not the 2002 laugh-free abomination, Men in Black II.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Josh Brolin and a dose of Back to the Future breathe life and laughter back into the franchise.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

While it's a little thrown together, "Men in Black 3" seems focused on recapturing not just the style but also the soul of the original.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

It's been ten years since the last underwhelming Men In Black movie and 15 long years since the brilliant original - and no one particularly asked to have it back.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

MIB3 is dumb, flashy fun, and if you simply ignore its obvious shortcomings you may in fact find that being back in the saddle with the boys in black remains an enjoyable, frivolous ride.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

The hip, knowing backdrop of these films - their winking acknowledgment that what you suspect about aliens is true - is more interesting than the run-of-the-mill plots scampering around in front of it.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Funny, if familiar. Energy and pacing are reasons it's able to skate by. It actually deepens the relationship between J and K, but it's still really a showcase for more of the same offbeat humor and imaginative special effects the first two are known for.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

"MIB 3" doesn't have the same see-it-for-the-first-time magic that the original had, and tonally, with Boris, it's a totally different animal. But it's just as strong of a film.

November 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Discerning viewers will find problems with a few of the film's twists and turns, but moment to moment, there's still plenty of fun to be had with the Men in Black.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The effects and direction make this a pleasant diversion, but with a bunch of clunky one-liners and half-baked scenes this is a film that won't be remembered long.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Too often sci-fi epics miss the balance between spectacle and storytelling. While Men in Black 3 isn't always consistent in humour and pace, Sonnenfeld, with a well-considered script from David Koepp, manages to make it work.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

This mostly solid sequel is a return to form for the series and just stellar enough to make it a must-see for fans of summer popcorn fare, no matter your age.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"Men in Black 3" is fun and entertaining and shows hope that the series is not as dead as it seemed.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Like so many sequels, "MIB3" lacks the charisma of the original "Men In Black."

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

keep you interested enough to leave the cinema without feeling you've been cheated

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

At some point in the future, probably not more than a couple of weeks, you'll realize that you barely remember seeing it.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Mainly rollicks along, keeping a nice balance between grotesque-alien playfulness and badass secret-agent seriousness. The story doesn't have as much fun with the near-alien weirdnesses of 1969 as it could have but the ending comes with a poignant twist.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Despite a rough start, "Men In Black 3" is still decent. It's mostly due to the likes of Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg's fantastic performances along with Rick Baker's exceptionally creative creature designs, but the ending packs an emotional punch.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Audience Reviews for Men in Black III

The unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck, common sense, good ol' boy (does this conceit still carry currency? you betcha ... so much for the 21st century ushering in dynamic social change) returns to seduce you to pony over more popcorn money as the time travel card is laid out to spice up the old aliens among us formula. Luckily the stars bring the charm to keep sleep away while the hoary old chestnut is pranced about. And guess how it ends? They really like each other after all. More popcorn please.
April 18, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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I have to admit that I was never much of a fan of this franchise, feeling that it relied too much on special effects and a one trick pony gimmick. However, this 3rd installment tickled my funny bone, and while not perfect (some rather awkward moments to be sure), this one delivered the goods in a sort of offbeat, Twin Peaks sorta way (homage to the pie).

I thought that the time travel aspect of the film was serviceable and capably handled, and the entire enterprise has a certain gleam in its eye, managing to straddle the fence between farce and realism. The two stars work well together and Josh Brolin is just fine as the younger Tommy Lee Jones.

I'm not going to reveal much of the plot, other than to say that an arch villain has escaped from maximum security (a very nice beginning sequence) and gets access to a time machine, where he intends to go back to 1969 and warn his younger self that Jones is after him. As the two MIB hunt down clues to the villain's whereabouts in both present and past, we are led into several set pieces that range from mildly funny to hilarious - like a confrontation and shootout in a Chinese Restaurant. There's also a funny touch when a femme fatale brings a cake to the prison - said cake is wobbling, while her abundant cleavage is not - gotta love it!

Back in time they meet up with Andy Warhol - a scene that could use some salt, but paves the way to a meeting with a creature who can see a myriad of alternate realities. This leads to some truly funny and yet heartfelt moments, as this character holds the soul of the film and allows Jones and Will Smith the opportunity to do some male bonding that otherwise wouldn't play true to the characters. At film's end when Jones states in his usual flat tone "it was an honor", the words carry so much more than a film of this type has a right to expect - and yet it rings true and poignant; to be followed by a bit of hip levity that you'd expect from the brand, and yet was so sorely lacking in the 2nd installment.
April 18, 2013
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While Men in Black 3 isn't as good as the original, it's a vast improvement over the immensely disappointing second installment. This is a sequel that is much better than you would expect it to be. Will Smith and Josh Brolin (playing a young K) have as much chemistry together as Smith and Jones. The special effects, particularly the time travel sequences are neat and never look cheesy or awkward. Even better is the story, that not only presents time travel in a way that hasn't quite been seen before, but it reveals aspects of K and J's past that is pleasantly unexpected. If you're not generally a fan of Men in Black, you probably won't like this film. It isn't a must-see blockbuster, but it is certainly a solid sequel, one of Hollywood's better attempts at reviving a classic franchise.
March 31, 2013
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

A complete roller-coaster ride of incredible fun that does not stop until the very end, and even then you want more. A total non-stop good time at the movies and possibly the galaxy. A visually remarkable and eye-popping adventure filled with outrageous humor and mind-blowing action. An explosive and hilarious action-comedy. It`s the best Men In Black yet, it brings back the style, wit and sharp character driven moments that made the original work. An inventive, stylish and tremendous sequel that`s spirited and has heart. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back, and totally better than ever. Smith and Jones bring back all the charm, wit, freshness and charisma that made them the coolest and most entertaining buddy-cop team to hit the screen in light-years. Josh Brolin is absolutely brilliant playing the younger Agent. K and delivers big time. Brolin gives a hilarious and fantastic performance and works remarkably well with Smith. Jemaine Clement is an absolute surprise, he is the best villain the series has had yet. A tremendously entertaining and spectacular movie. Another instant classic in the series, i hope theirs another one.
March 22, 2013
allan913

Super Reviewer

    1. Boris the Animal: Let's agree to disagree.
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (12 months ago)
    1. Agent K: Boris the Animal!
    2. Boris the Animal: It's just Boris!
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (13 months ago)
    1. Agent J: You must be from the planet "Damn".
    – Submitted by Rated N (16 months ago)
    1. Boris the Animal: That's not possible!
    2. Agent J: Let's agree to disagree.
    – Submitted by Ben C (17 months ago)
    1. Griffin: Negative possibilities are multiplying as we speak.
    – Submitted by Arunima S (18 months ago)
    1. Griffin: This is my new favorite moment in human history! Unless this is the one where K forgot to leave a tip... [he looks over to K's tip-less plate, then looks up. We see a meteorite heading for Earth]
    2. Agent K: [re-enters, and leaves a tip. He looks to Griffin] Almost forgot.
    3. Griffin: [the meteorite is intercepted by a satellite. Griffin looks to the camera] That was a close one!
    – Submitted by Slade U (20 months ago)
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