X2: X-Men United Reviews

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times
July 14, 2015
Director Bryan Singer skilfully keeps multiple subplots spinning while moving inexorably towards a climax that puts the first film's Liberty Island sequence in the shade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 14, 2015
X2's excessively complicated and character-crammed plot, which only a teen boy could care about enough to follow closely, has a nasty human bigwig (Brian Cox) fomenting a war against the mutants.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
July 14, 2015
X2 is an interesting fantasy, always aware of its need to remain that way. Considering today's Hollywood, that may be its most amazing power of all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 14, 2015
X2 still feels like a prologue. No matter how much goes on, you feel like nothing has happened.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 14, 2015
The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score.
James Vance
Tulsa World
July 14, 2015
This satisfying new installment looks like just the thing to get the summer blockbuster season off to a supercharged start.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
July 14, 2015
X2 is the movie the first one should've been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
July 14, 2015
Bryan Singer lifts the X-Men franchise out of the formulaic superhero realm in his rip-roaring sequel.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 14, 2015
Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good.
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 14, 2015
Performances are solid throughout, with the actors managing to straight-face their way through some truly inane dialogue.
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
July 13, 2015
In Singer's hands, you never feel there's anything at stake.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2013
There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 15, 2013
The plotting seems dangerously self-interested, being concerned almost exclusively with the survival of the mutants themselves, and, behind the succulent effects, the tone is oddly hectoring.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Bigger and badder than No. 1, but still a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 7, 2010
'X' hits the spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 7, 2010
This has set the standard very high for this Summer and it will be interesting to see what, if any films, can match its calibre.
Brian Orndorf
December 7, 2009
For this brief shining moment, the "X-Men" universe held perfect pitch, and funny book movies had a new standard of execution to live up to.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A truly superior sequel to the original...
Steve Biodrowski
April 21, 2009
The higher aspirations sometimes weigh the action down, creating a story that is interesting but not always engaging, lacking the exuberance that could have made it truly exciting.
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Todd McCarthy
April 15, 2009
Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
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