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Men in Black III Reviews

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 8, 2013
The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 25, 2012
The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2012
It turns out to be reasonably entertaining, though not enough to make me crave Men in Black 4.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 25, 2012
The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that makes up for the first hour's sequelitis.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 25, 2012
If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 24, 2012
This spirited three-quel comes close to the exuberance of the first Men in Black and is a distinct improvement over its limp 2002 follow-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 24, 2012
If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
As in most successful fantasy blockbusters, there's a comfortable balance between technological wizardry and human talent.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2012
"Men in Black 3" has got the MIB mojo back - well, most of it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2012
[Brolin's] performance defies explanation; it's mysteriously marvelous.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2012
Its opening sequences are a near marvel of confusion, mayhem and embarrassments for its actors. If it was a person, you'd worry it had dementia.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 24, 2012
The unexpected spark between Smith and Brolin makes MiB3 primo summer fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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May 24, 2012
Sonnenfeld ... gets just enough juice out of the time-travel idea to give Men in Black 3 a lift.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 24, 2012
Sonnenfeld depends on crashing action and hyperventilating camera moves to puff up the slack blimp of a story. Unfortunately, there's one effect that computer-animation technicians can never duplicate: a genuine sense of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 24, 2012
"Men in Black III" is an efficient Hollywood summer blockbuster product.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 24, 2012
This sequel is so lifeless and pointless that it moves beyond "unnecessary" into the realm of "unwanted" and "insulting."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 24, 2012
Brolin is such a perfect match for Jones, and Smith so confidently charismatic, that everything else seems like a distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 24, 2012
It's that rare threequel that doesn't suck. Great special effects, surprising amount of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 24, 2012
The franchise is no longer the zenith of blockbusterism, and the gooey effects from Hollywood veteran Rick Baker look overly familiar, but "Men in Black 3" remains an amiable comedy with some fondly familiar faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 24, 2012
"Men in Black 3" is all surface but, as with the moon, the surface can steal our attention
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
Look into this device and wait for the flash and forget any talk of sequels, please. Move along. Your work is done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 24, 2012
It really is too bad that Smith couldn't go back in time and stop this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 24, 2012
"Men in Black 3" arrives in the multiplexes of the world with no particular agenda. Which may be part of the reason that it turns out to be so much fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 24, 2012
In the mists of the past, damned if an old tune doesn't find some new energy. Delight, a modest yet palpable measure of the stuff, is restored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 24, 2012
Men in Black 3 is so dull and empty, it's the first movie that has ever made me think "Thank God this is in 3D."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 24, 2012
You may be wondering what thrilling, creative idea caused the filmmakers and stars to resurrect this franchise. The answer: none.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 24, 2012
Sonnenfeld's mildly overachieving film isn't essential, but it finds just enough ways to justify its existence beyond the insatiable demands of commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2012
It's better than the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 23, 2012
Brolin's performance is funny, masterful, confident, and more than a little unsettling. If one human being can sample another, that's what's going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2012
Sonnenfeld and Cohen move their baby along with an integrity and gait that ought to serve as a blueprint for other filmmakers faced with the particular challenges of reviving big-ticket and time-dated hunks of pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 23, 2012
Like an alien trapped in a human host, a better movie is itching to burst out of "Men in Black 3."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 23, 2012
"Men in Black III" isn't bad, certainly not as bad as it might have been. But it's not exactly good, either. Mostly, it's something else: unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 22, 2012
The thing is still too loud and too big in many respects, but it offers some satisfactions that the average blockbuster rarely even bothers to imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 22, 2012
When even the most charismatic actor on the planet can't fake excitement, you know you're in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 22, 2012
Apparently, it's okay to be nostalgic again, especially when the emotional payoff is this big-a wonderful surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 22, 2012
If you opt to rent the 3-D glasses, Men in Black 3 will be $14; the product has not, otherwise, changed significantly.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 22, 2012
I'm still not convinced anyone really needs it, but this is a respectable effort in the circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 22, 2012
There's a zippy and clever movie going on all around the two lumps with their names above the title.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 22, 2012
In this age of blockbuster bloat, Sonnenfeld's willingness to wrap things up well before the two-hour mark, as well as his eschewal of sledgehammer product placement, count as gestures of considerable mercy.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 22, 2012
This only mildly bloated and convoluted action comedy has enough inspired moments to wipe out memories of the abysmal 2002 first sequel as surely as one of the black-suited heroes' nebulizers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2012
It's hard to imagine it won't be a hit, and hard to begrudge that success, no matter how saturated we are with comic-book properties and sequels.