Men in Black II

Men in Black II

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Men in Black II

Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld return in the MiB sequel, where an alien threat looms large enough to bring Agent K out of retirement.

While J (Smith) has become a high-ranking agency man, K (Jones) has had his memory wiped and now lives life as a humble postman. When dangerous, shape shifting extra-terrestrial Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle) threatens Earth and takes control of the MiB offices, J brings K back into the fold. Alongside a ragtag gang of friendly aliens, the pair set out to take down Serleena and restore order to the universe. 

2002Rating: M, contains low level violence84 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

press

Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup, which has close to the same tone as its predecessor but makes one realize that freshness had a lot to do with its impact.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

A near carbon copy of the '97 sleeper smash, but lacking much of the wit, invention or sparkle. Still better than 50 per cent of the blockbusters from the last three years.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As fizzy as the first, but not quite as refreshing. The pleasurable, eye-popping sense of surprise has diminished, and the teasingly referential attitude shows signs of fatigue.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The astonishing success of the original "MiB" was partly because it was fun, partly because it was unexpected. We'd never seen anything like it, while with MiBII, we've seen something exactly like it.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A disappointment. 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. It was attitude that made "Men in Black" special, a particular kind of cool insouciance that has proved as impossible to duplicate as it was irresistible to experience.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Strange, zany, generally amusing and very likeable without actually being all that hilarious or surprising, Men In Black II relies heavily on familiarity with and affection for the original. For fans of that film, who are simply content with more of the same,

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

None of it sticks, but with the door left open for a third Men In Black movie, the one advantage of forgetting everything is not knowing exactly what's coming two summers from now.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup, which has close to the same tone as its predecessor but makes one realize that freshness had a lot to do with its impact.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A near carbon copy of the '97 sleeper smash, but lacking much of the wit, invention or sparkle. Still better than 50 per cent of the blockbusters from the last three years.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As fizzy as the first, but not quite as refreshing. The pleasurable, eye-popping sense of surprise has diminished, and the teasingly referential attitude shows signs of fatigue.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The astonishing success of the original "MiB" was partly because it was fun, partly because it was unexpected. We'd never seen anything like it, while with MiBII, we've seen something exactly like it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A disappointment. 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. It was attitude that made "Men in Black" special, a particular kind of cool insouciance that has proved as impossible to duplicate as it was irresistible to experience.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Strange, zany, generally amusing and very likeable without actually being all that hilarious or surprising, Men In Black II relies heavily on familiarity with and affection for the original. For fans of that film, who are simply content with more of the same,

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

None of it sticks, but with the door left open for a third Men In Black movie, the one advantage of forgetting everything is not knowing exactly what's coming two summers from now.

0

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