Men in Black International

Critics Consensus

Amiable yet forgettable, MiB International grinds its stars' substantial chemistry through the gears of a franchise running low on reasons to continue.



Total Count: 288


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Verified Ratings: 11,037
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The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

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Critic Reviews for Men in Black International

All Critics (288) | Top Critics (38)

  • Tessa Thompson carries it to the best of her mighty abilities but it's a pulverising load to bear.

    Jun 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A self-referential Thor joke comes across as forced. The plot about a mole buried deep within the MIB organization offers up a very short list of candidates, and it's beyond easy to decipher which one will turn out to be the turncoat.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In this uninspired MiB reboot, the effervescent biplay between Hemsworth and Thompson almost compensates for the vacuum where a live-wire alien invasion comedy should be. Almost being the operative word.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of those memory-erasing flashes would be nice right about now, please.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Whoever spearheaded this halfhearted resurrection should be fitted with a golden parachute.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The uninspired approach of director F Gary Gray does nothing to mask the staleness of the formula.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Men in Black International

  • 5h ago
    They've changed the setting, the leads, the journey cycle, the effects, (most of) the supporting cast, the tone, and the timeframe, yet somewhere we still have the exact same plot. Four for four on Men in Black with the EXACT. SAME. PLOT. I was entertained though, so, there's only so much I can complain really.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2019
    I have a rating for films that are entertaining and enjoyable, but forgettable. I call that the "Popcorn" rating. It's a good barrel of fun, thanks to the great chemistry of the actors. But I'm really missing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones though. MIB International suffered from two big problems - a weak script that had way too many plot holes, and poor pacing. After a while, even the popcorn chokes you because the gags fall flat. Is this the end of the franchise? I think not. Just that they had better go back to the drawing board and make sure they have good scripts, and bring back director Barry Sonnenfeld, and actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones too. I love great eye candy, but I prefer a well written and well directed story. Please.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2019
    Men in Black International is a perfectly fine movie but it's hard not to feel the franchise going through the motions in an attempt to recapture the elusive magic that made the original 1997 movie the standout it was. This time we're introduced to new agents and new agencies, with Thor Ragnarok stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth decked out in black and on the hunt for rogue alien life forms in Europe and the Middle East. The two actors are charming and Thompson's character is a great re-introduction to this hidden world, a woman who has devoted her life to finding and becoming a Man in Black. As we went from scene to scene, it felt like an MIB spy thriller evoking the undercover missions, arms dealers, shady informants, potential agency mole to expose, exotic locales, and crackling banter of that genre, and that's something none of the sequels have done before. However, I also noted just how forced everything felt. What should be jaunty and droll came across as flat or overly exaggerated, trying to recreate the energy and style of the original but falling short. It feels like when someone is trying to retell a joke but has lost the rhythms that made it so amusing in the first place. The pieces are there but they don't feel right. I also kept noting how it should be funnier. Many of the jokes are barely touched upon or developed for more potential. The set pieces are pretty humdrum and even the integration of the strange, otherworldly elements and aliens feels lacking. With that said, Hemsworth and Thompson remind you how winning an onscreen pair they are, and even with their charm kept at a lower, simmering level they are still enjoyable to watch. There's a predictable storyline about an alien invasion and a predictable turncoat reveal, but it's all played rather innocuously that it's hard to get upset. Men in Black International is an intermittently amusing movie that's hard to hate and hard to love. If you're a fan of the series, or got a couple hours to obliterate, it should provide enough entertainment, but much like one of those handy-dandy nueralizers, you won't remember much after. Nate's Grade: C+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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