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Men in Black Reviews

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August 12, 2014
Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre.
August 12, 2014
[Director Barry Sonnenfeld] establishes the premise in the wildly entertaining first 45 minutes and then glides along for the rest of the film on the strength of a poker-faced comic sensibility.
August 12, 2014
What makes this wildly imaginative setup so much fun is the contrast between the deadpan gruffness of Jones and Torn, and the spectacularly strange environment in which they work.
August 12, 2014
Men In Black deserves credit for supplementing its special effects with a breezy script and genuinely charismatic performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
August 12, 2014
Men in Black, running a breezy 98 minutes, is a showpiece of laconic economy. It's quick, eccentric and deadly funny and for many young movie-goers it's likely to be a close encounter they'll want to see a second and third time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2014
A lean, punchy, fast paced, and extremely endearing sci-fi action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2013
Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew.
July 31, 2013
Men in Black is moderately amusing, well-constructed and mercifully short, but it fails to deliver on the zaniness of its first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 31, 2013
Great special effects, inventive alien designs and Smith and Jones's hip, hilarious double act make director Barry Sonnenfeld's Lethal Weapon-style buddy picture a fast-paced pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2013
The plot, trifling as it is, doesn't much matter. What makes the movie such a hoot are the clever gags, imaginative special effects, and the snappy byplay between the well-matched Jones and Smith.
April 14, 2013
There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2013
[A] hilarious comedy, directed with boisterous wit by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2013
A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2012
Offensively bad? No. But it's never been anything more than a promising wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 23, 2012
...an affable (yet somewhat forgettable) bit of escapist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2012
"Men in Black" still holds up after 15 years. It's as fun, funky, and edgy now as it was in 1997, and HD breathes even more life into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 2, 2011
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2010
Every time the film makes you chuckle, you may also feel it's zapped you with a neuralizer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 1, 2009
What is it about the black suit/black tie/white shirt get-up in movies?
October 18, 2008
What [it] lacks in depth, it makes up for with an infectious childlike enthusiasm for its zany premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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