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X2: X-Men United Reviews

July 14, 2015
The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score.
July 14, 2015
Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good.
July 14, 2015
Performances are solid throughout, with the actors managing to straight-face their way through some truly inane dialogue.
April 15, 2013
There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination.
April 15, 2013
The plotting seems dangerously self-interested, being concerned almost exclusively with the survival of the mutants themselves, and, behind the succulent effects, the tone is oddly hectoring.
April 15, 2009
Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
February 9, 2006
The emotional spectrum has widened, too, encompassing buoyant mirth and heroic tragedy.
May 28, 2003
Very smart, if way too long.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
Suffice to say that I was steadily engrossed and entertained and ultimately moved by a drama that is, in the end, more human than mutant.
May 11, 2003
The best new addition to the corp is Alan Cumming's Nightcrawler. His pointy ears, yellow eyes, and blue skin make him the most creepily beautiful presence in the pageant.
May 8, 2003
A summer firecracker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2003
... X2 has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation ...
May 4, 2003
Busier, funnier, and more involving.
May 2, 2003
Moves with the lightning speed, raw power and athletic grace of, well, a genetically mutated superhero.
May 2, 2003
Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest.
May 2, 2003
The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
The movie makes up in dynamite what it loses in drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 2, 2003
A wonderfully populated adventure, with the franchise even more compelling the second time out because of our familiarity with the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2003
Overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 2, 2003
The whole project has been developed with enough know-how, unstinting ingenuity and organized energy to lift it far above its flaws.
May 2, 2003
A substantial improvement over X-Men, in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
A comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2003
This may not be a grownup movie but -- unlike the Star Wars franchise or the Batman sequels -- it is a movie that grownups can watch minus the requisite bottle of Excedrin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
A slightly flawed film that will nevertheless give fans of the comic book and first film a plenty good buzz.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 2, 2003
X2: X-Men United is the kind of movie you enjoy for its moments, even though they never add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2003
Like that issue of The Uncanny X-Men that you'd get every once in a while: the setup for a future episode in which the exciting stuff happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
For the most part, the effects are top-drawer, and the story creates a mild undertow of emotion.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 2, 2003
As irresistible as movie-theater popcorn -- a lavish, reasonably intelligent, well-acted sequel with kick-butt effects that outdoes its predecessor, 2000's X-Men, in almost every department.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2003
The primary improvement over the first film ... is that this one is simply more enjoyable with less heavy lifting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2003
This snazzy sequel to Bryan Singer's comic-book smash X-Men is sleek and sexy, filled with delicious characters and effects. Just don't compare it to the original.
May 1, 2003
Sleek, smart and sophisticated for a far-fetched fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 1, 2003
It succeeds pretty well in rising to the challenge that most sequels face: how to give the audience more of what it responded to the first time while feeding its appetite for novelty.
May 1, 2003
Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion, it's the kind of superhero movie we want if we have to have superhero movies at all.
May 1, 2003
Clearly, this movie is designed to sell action figures rather than make sense.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2003
There's much to applaud in a superhero movie that takes aim at mortal problems -- from hate, prejudice and intolerance to hyper-surveillance and the corrupting influence of power -- and hits most of its targets.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2003
The whole may be less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are nifty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2003
Much like its predecessor, X2 is a cold, unfeeling, soulless film, a movie with dollar signs in its eyes and adamantium coursing through its veins.
May 1, 2003
The special effects have definitely improved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
It's as superfluous as it is redundant: X-haust to the nth power.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2003
The best approach is to just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
Once you get past issues related to trying to figure out who everyone is, how they relate to one another, and what their powers are, the movie turns out to be pretty entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
This time out there's more action, more character development, more special effects and a much bigger budget.
May 1, 2003
X2 has an emotion the first film lacked, and, sometimes, the full-blooded intensity that the best pop myths tend to tap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
Not only is it much better than the first movie, but it stands so well on its own that you don't need to have seen its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2003
Where X-Men felt fragmented and impersonal, X2 explodes with ass-kicking style and sass.
April 30, 2003
There's invigorating charm in X2's many scenes of unhurried playfulness and gentle puns on serious themes of tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 29, 2003
It could be its own creature: Super-Generico. That's not the worst thing for a movie to be, but it's not quite Marvel-ous either.
April 29, 2003
Funny, reasonably crazy, and unpretentiously faithful to its source.