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Men in Black Reviews

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Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Moments that should be hilarious muster only a chuckle and action scenes that should tingle -- like the final showdown with the unmasked giant roach -- are just not that exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
At times, it may succeed at manipulating you, but you won't like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
May 24, 2012
Offensively bad? No. But it's never been anything more than a promising wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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
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.
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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.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Men in Black continues this summer's tradition, already established by Con Air and Batman and Robin, of big-budget action pictures that at least have the wit to know how silly they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Those accepting Men in Black for what it is will likely agree that this is one of 1997's more satisfying big-budget offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
July 10, 2002
It's no big deal. It's more fun, anyway, to just kick back and watch the casual comic work of the MiB stars, particularly Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
The movie is fun. It's hard not to like it, because Smith and Jones have so much charm and charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 7, 2008
A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Ed Solomon's script, based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham, is a barrage of funny lines and scenes of just how strange things can be dealing with aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 11, 2008
Just a collection of sketches in which Jones and Smith run into farcical E.T.s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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