X2: X-Men United Reviews

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator
July 13, 2015
In Singer's hands, you never feel there's anything at stake.
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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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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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 2, 2003
Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
June 25, 2003
Gets bogged down with too many endless fight scenes and too many characters to juggle.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2003
X-Men already rammed its message down our collective throats. Now they're back for seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 1, 2003
Just once it would be nice to fashion an action sequence in these films where all the X-Men team up to use their forces all at the same time
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 29, 2003
It could be its own creature: Super-Generico. That's not the worst thing for a movie to be, but it's not quite Marvel-ous either.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 1, 2003
It's as superfluous as it is redundant: X-haust to the nth power.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 1, 2003
Clearly, this movie is designed to sell action figures rather than make sense.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 2, 2003
Like that issue of The Uncanny X-Men that you'd get every once in a while: the setup for a future episode in which the exciting stuff happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2003
Overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 2, 2003
The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Agnew
Film Threat
May 3, 2003
A major disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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.
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.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 3, 2003
Singer is so hung up on the intricacies of his plot that he never allows the world he's portraying to cut loose into atmospheric fantasy.
Josh Gilchrist
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 15, 2003
Fans of the "X-Men" legacy will love the film. To the rest of us, it's as if we're asked to follow along on a trip without a roadmap to help guide the way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
May 2, 2003
Harry Potter gets daggers in his hand and meets the Lord of the Rings while Star Wars plays on in a comic book universe generated, once again, by computers.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 7, 2003
Improves upon the formula of the original and gives a significantly greater amount of action, but the formula is still rather expository in nature and the action has a tendency to be rather generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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