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Men in Black Reviews

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Paul Tatara
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.
Michael Ollove
Baltimore Sun
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.
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Top Critic
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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

Total Film
August 12, 2014
A lean, punchy, fast paced, and extremely endearing sci-fi action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 14, 2013
[A] hilarious comedy, directed with boisterous wit by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 23, 2012 affable (yet somewhat forgettable) bit of escapist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
What is it about the black suit/black tie/white shirt get-up in movies?
Jason Zingale
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
Steve Biodrowski
September 16, 2008
Ultimately, this film isn't quite as screamingly funny as its coming attractions trailer suggested, but it is an amiable enough piece of entertainment.

July 23, 2008
Combines the talents of Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld to hilarious, endearing effect.
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Todd McCarthy
July 7, 2008
A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
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