Men in Black II Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
The down-home satire of how we cope with cultural difference has evaporated, replaced by jazzy effects that wear out their welcome by the halfway mark.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie's smart, funny and fairly forgettable.
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Chuck Stephens
L.A. Weekly
November 25, 2002
It isn't without a modicum of felicitous charms.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
A mixed bag of a comedy that can't really be described as out of this world.
| Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
If the first Men in Black was money, the second is small change. But it still jingles in the pocket. It's fun lite.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 10, 2002
Men in Black 2 might be a retread of the first one, but I still say it's worth seeing. The stars are great in this.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 9, 2002
The hang-loose grodiness of [the Men in Black films] has its charms, and the Ray-Banned team of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, at its best, is good vaudeville.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 3, 2002
They're going through the motions, but the zip is gone.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 3, 2002
Large budget notwithstanding, the movie is such a blip on the year's radar screen that it's tempting just to go with it for the ride. But this time, the old MIB label stands for Milder Isn't Better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 3, 2002
The predictable effort makes the movie seem longer than its audience-friendly 88 minutes, and the script deficiencies account for the high number of alien and human supporting players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 3, 2002
Men in Black II, with its agreeably slipshod feel, is even slighter than the 1997 original, but as summer blockbusters go, it's shameless fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2002
In every way an improvement over the original Men in Black.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
July 3, 2002
Instead of inhabiting the same world of his original, the delightful 1997 Men in Black, or inventing a new world, this update kitschifies it, rendering it into a silly joke.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 3, 2002
Although the sequel has all the outward elements of the original, the first film's lovely flakiness is gone, replaced by the forced funniness found in the dullest kiddie flicks.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 3, 2002
It's fun while you're watching it, but you may well feel as if Smith obliterated your memories of the flick five minutes later with his neutralizer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 3, 2002
Runs a quick 80 minutes and yet it still feels padded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 3, 2002
Instead of the fresh comic concept of the 1996 blockbuster, we have a calculated piece of product: a lightweight, occasionally laboured copycat skewed to a younger children's demographic to move the action figures and video sales.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 3, 2002
The picture's definitely entertaining, in fits and starts. It's also joyless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 3, 2002
The first film was laugh-till- you-can't- remember-what- you're-laughing -at funny, while MIIB prefers gags that take a second or two to absorb but stick around the cerebrum a lot longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 3, 2002
Returning director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones try to give us more of the same. But staleness has replaced hipness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 3, 2002
No more than a soulless exercise in repetitive summer blockbusting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 3, 2002
'Men in Black II creates a new threat for the MIB, but recycles the same premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 2, 2002
Within the trivial, ingratiating scope of its ambition, though, the sequel is pleasant enough. This is a picture that demands nothing of its audience, and not much more from its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 2, 2002
If you're looking for a movie as good as the first, you'd better rent 1997's MIB at the local video store.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 2, 2002
MIB II hits its marks reliably enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2002
A lot of setup for too little payoff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 2, 2002
A good-faith attempt has been made to duplicate the original elements, but the mix is wrong, bearings have been lost, the balance is off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 2, 2002
It's not nearly as fresh or enjoyable as its predecessor, but there are enough high points to keep this from being a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 2, 2002
MIB II is faithful to its source film, which in turn sprang from a comic book. But this feels more like submission to formula than devotion to inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 2, 2002
Even with its brief running time of 82 minutes, much of the extravagant but lightweight Men in Black II seems labored.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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July 2, 2002
A smart, witty follow-up.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2002
Some motion pictures portray ultimate passion; others create ultimate thrills. Men in Black II achieves ultimate insignificance -- it's the sci-fi comedy spectacle as Whiffle-Ball epic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 2, 2002
Here, director Barry Sonnenfeld continues to drift along with the same arrogant laziness that made his Wild Wild West worthy of inclusion in a time capsule honoring Hollywood's worst tentpole product.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 2, 2002
Good-naturedly cornball sequel.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 1, 2002
As summer escapism goes, you could do worse.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 25, 2002
Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 25, 2002
Director Barry Sonnenfeld and company retain much of the rubbery alien slapstick humor.