Men in Black III (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell Cunningham, Etan Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2012
Box Office: $179.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Agent J

as Young Agent K

as Boris the Animal

as Colonel

as Boris' Girlfriend

as Jeffrey Price

as Young Agent O

as Mr. Wu

as Andy Warhol

as Colonel's Son

as Prison Guard #1

as Prison Guard #2

as Prison Guard #3

as Prison Guard #4

as 2012 MIB HQ Guard

as 1969 MIB HQ Guard

as 1969 MIB Agent #1

as 1969 MIB Agent #2

as 1969 MIB Agent #3

as Little Chocolate Mil...

as Coney Island Hippie

as Coney Island Flower ...

as Obadiah Price

as MIB Desk Agent

as Brain Alien

as New York Mets Fan #1

as New York Mets Fan #2

as Diner Waitress

as Funky 60's Dude

as Muscle Boy at Happen...

as Muscle Boy's Girlfri...

as Air Force MP #1

as Air Force MP #2

as Car Theft Victim

as Hotel Doorman

as Screaming Lady on Fe...

as Detained Teenage Ali...

as Neil Armstrong

as Buzz Aldrin

as Michael Collins

as 1969 Man in Elevator

as Roman The Fabulist

as Bowling Ball Head

as Four-Armed Alien

as 1969 NYPD Cop #1

as 1969 NYPD Cop #2

as Mr, Wu's Bartender

as Tranvestite at Happe...

as Husband Watching Lau...

as Wife Watching Launch

as Young Wife #1 Watchi...

as Young Husband #1 Wat...

as Young Wife #2 Watchi...
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Critic Reviews for Men in Black III

All Critics (230) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Whilst MIB III wraps up the series neatly, there's talk of a fourth already and you can't help but feel the joke is wearing a little thin.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
SciFiNow

A decade-late three-quel anticipated by nobody.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Toledo Blade

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

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

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.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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