“Old And Busted-New Hotness.”
“Nothing Too Spectacular Or Great To See Here.”
“I've Seen Hotter Alien Women In Manga”
“As I Said In The Last One”
“Diet Men In Black...less Filling, But Still Tastes Great!”
“I Liked The Fleeting Images I Saw, They Just Didn't Mean Anything To Me. I Could Have Gotten These Same Results By Flipping Through The Storybook In A Supermarket Checkout Line. ”
“More Of The Same.”
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
After five years, the chemistry has curdled.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Mike Clark - USA Today
If the first Men in Black was money, the second is small change. But it still jingles in the pocket. It's fun lite.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
They're going through the motions, but the zip is gone.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
No more than a soulless exercise in repetitive summer blockbusting.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Good-naturedly cornball sequel.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
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.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Even with its brief running time of 82 minutes, much of the extravagant but lightweight Men in Black II seems labored.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
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.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
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.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
'Men in Black II creates a new threat for the MIB, but recycles the same premise.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
If you're looking for a movie as good as the first, you'd better rent 1997's MIB at the local video store.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A lot of setup for too little payoff.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The picture's definitely entertaining, in fits and starts. It's also joyless.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Jeff Stark - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Director Barry Sonnenfeld and company retain much of the rubbery alien slapstick humor.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
As summer escapism goes, you could do worse.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It can't be said enough how much Smith's charisma and Jones' deadpan delivery almost save this movie and it's to their credit that this movie isn't as bad as it should be.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
In the absence of the first film's rhythm, wit, and novelty, it's a typically lazy, diminishing-returns sequel.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
"Men in Black II" never matched the first film's perfect blend of action, comedy, and sci-fi elements.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Crazy creatures, some scares, and loads of fun.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
A prime example of a terrible summer blockbuster that should have never been made.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
...falls prey to the syndrome that affects many sequels: the apparently irresistible desire to replicate the formula from the first film.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
About the most uninspired rehash of a popular hit I've ever seen.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A virtually identical remake of the 1997 blockbuster which offers almost nothing new.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The movie's smart, funny and fairly forgettable.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Men in Black II could care less whether you believe in it or not, or frankly, whether you bought the ticket and spent your time on the concession line trying to buy Goobers.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
The acting is good, the direction is good, the special effects are great, only the jokes are a little flat and far between and nothing very original is offered up here.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Sadly, the movie has no new ideas worth mentioning.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
This film is so full of special effects that it seems as if there are only about seven minutes of actual story-telling from which to decipher a plot.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
We watch and think, 'Yeah. So? What else can they do?' It's not that it's dull so much as that it's familiar.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Men in Black II doesn't replicate the blithely funny and hip attitude of the original.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Like a lot of the movie, the special effects are 'been there, done that.'
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
With MIB2, [Sonnenfeld] triumphs yet again in giving us a quick -- albeit silly -- cinematic fix.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
A textbook example of a redundant, middle-of-the-road summer sequel tailored to please the most easily entertained of moviegoers.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The best thing about Men in Black II is the talking dog.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The problem with the sequel is that Jones is missing from the action for too long.
Matthew Bond - Daily Mail [UK]
...less a sequel and more a remake...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The chemistry between Smith and Jones is among the best of cinematic comedy duos, and the aliens are quirky and often hilarious.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Men in Black II is back but with less pizzazz than the first one.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
[T]here are a few laughs, but there are zero surprises. . . when Michael Jackson makes a cameo as an alien, the only surprise would be that he ISN'T an extra-terrestrial
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Men In Black 2 recaptures the fun of a world overrun by aliens but then fails at being memorable, unable to set itself apart from its notable beginnings.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Smith and Jones perform together as smoothly as if they never left the studio, and the script sparkles with very much the same fluorescence.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Where Men in Black II falls short is in the writing, and this is a bit of a shock, considering that Robert Gordon scripted it.
Chris Kaynes - Apollo Guide
Strange, zany, generally amusing and very likeable without actually being all that hilarious or surprising.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Smith and Jones pick up right where they left off, managing to recapture that same chemistry that worked well in 1997.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
There are plenty of crazy aliens, and a few jokes at the expense of the occasional celebrity. Too bad none of it was really all that funny or even memorable.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
It isn't without a modicum of felicitous charms.
Chuck Stephens - L.A. Weekly
If you liked the first film, then you'll like the sequel, but it's neither as exciting nor as out-and-out funny as it should be.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Grab some popcorn, put your brain in neutral and enjoy.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
What's missing is the giddy sense of discovery that made the first movie so endearing.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
I can't say it was the worst 88 minutes I ever spent in a movie theater, but I could just as easily have slept.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
It's kinda colourful and bouncy, and it features a lot of cool-looking aliens, but rather than expanding on the aesthetics of the first movie, it copies and dilutes them.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Are they in it just for the money? A silly question since the movie's attitude is best summed up by Tommy Lee Jones' hangdog expression: tired and drained of energy . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
MIB = MAB - Mediocrity At Best
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
This second Men In Black will likely be forgotten in a flash of light.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
A mixed bag of a comedy that can't really be described as out of this world.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The good (Tommy Lee Jones), the bad (Johnny Knoxville) and the ugly (CGI effects)
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Without even a nominal attempt at a story line, it's all in-jokes and cocky stares.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Less interesting second time around, this sequel suffers most from the diminished chemistry of the leads.
Is it as good as the original? Given that what you're in for is no longer the surprise it was when this concept emerged from the egg of originality, how can it be? But that doesn't mean you shouldn't expose yourself to the latest installment.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
There are a few laughs and clever sight gags scattered about, but not enough to make this anything more than another big-budget bust.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...sit back and wonder at a system where a by-the-numbers sequel to a five-year-old effects-driven sci-fi blockbuster is adjudged a sure thing
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
I thought it had some really funny moments, but maybe because it's pretty much exactly the same as the first one, it seemed like it's all been done before.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Was that movie nothing more than a tepid exercise in trotting out a formula that worked five years ago but has since lost its fizz?
Catherine Cantieri - HoleCity.com
As stale as last week's white bread.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Packed to the gills with stale gags and humdrum computer-enhanced action sequences.
Nick Schager - Matinee Magazine
Like most sequels, it takes what worked last time, repeats it and adds more characters, more stunts, more stuff in attempt to camouflage its sameness.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
It's a fluffy treat that doesn't include anything substantial or wholesome, just sugar and MSG.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Mas sarcastica, divertida y demencial que su predecesora, es un buen ejemplo de lo que es el cine de entretenimiento puro y sin complejos.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
It's an 88-minute highlight reel that's 86 minutes too long.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
This is effective button-pushing sci-fi entertainment, but you won't need to be neurolized to forget it.
Andy Jacobs - BBC
If comic camp and big-budget special effects leave you drooling, Men in Black II should offer welcome relief from the crushing summer heat.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
I've heard that the fans of the first Men in Black have come away hating the second one. I wonder why. They felt like the same movie to me.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
There's nothing about this lame sequel that wasn't done better the first time around, which makes its brief 88 minute running time feel like an eternity in hyperspace.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
If you enjoyed the first one, chances are you'll enjoy the second--after all, they're almost the same movie.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Suas piadas sao obvias, seu roteiro e pouco inspirado e a direcao de Barry Sonnenfeld e auto-indulgente e equivocada.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A cynicism-generator. Suggests a big-budget scrounging for profit in almost every fiber of its being.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Es solo ciencia ficcion; ver seres de otros mundos comportarse como humanos, con las mismas pasiones y deseos, con los mismos errores y desazones. Solo eso.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Men in Black II is the rare sequel that makes me yearn for a Part III.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Just sit back and laugh. A lot.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The sly charm of the original film ... and the rapport between Will Smith's cocky Jay and Tommy Lee Jones' taciturn Kay are recreated with only a few signs of strain.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Ultimately, "MIB II" succeeds due to its rapid-fire delivery and enough inspired levity that it can't be dismissed as mindless.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
'You'll laugh for not quite and hour and a half, but come out feeling strangely unsatisfied. You'll feel like you ate a Reeses without the peanut butter...'
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
As bad a film as I've seen all year
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
... short, strained, and tired. Just be sure to tiptoe out when you leave the theater so you don't wake up Tommy Lee Jones.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
If you have seen the preview, you have seen literally every funny moment.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
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.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
As sequels go, the kid-friendly MIB II disappoints. The wit, drollness and cool of the debut installment are largely gone, as is the novelty of the original.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Like most sequels Men in Black 2 doesn't compare to the original.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The problem with MiB II is that, like Crocodile Dundee, much of the humor in the original was in the setup.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
A welcome and nicely goofy bit of sci-fi froth with the occasional hint of genuine comic smarts.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
everything that worked in the first movie basically falls flat here
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The good news is that it's a lot better than the original. The bad news is that the original wasn't anything to write home about.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The one thing this movie has going for it is chemistry and both Smith and Jones work extremely well together onscreen, forming one of those rare action-comedy partnerships that work.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Is "Men in Black II" worth the price of admission? Uh, no. I wish I had spent the money on Fourth of July watermelon instead.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro's script is so insubstantial it barely fills 80 minutes of running time.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
You'll probably see worse films than Men in Black II this year, but won't see many as disappointing.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The Men in Black II are back to save us from the out-of-this-world vermin. But who's out to save us from the piffle of this sequel's "alien"-ating existence?
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Sonnenfeld didn't shoot for the moon, and he didn't hit the stars. He shot for the safety net of repetition and he hit the tragically ordinary.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Tauter, sharper, and more blithely hilarious than the original.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Beyond the crowd-pleasing dog, Frank the Pug, "MIB 2" drowns in familiar territory.
John Oliver - Katrillion.com
After you laugh once (maybe twice), you will have completely forgotten the movie by the time you get back to your car in the parking lot.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
It's stupid and silly, but funnier than the original - exactly what you'd expect from a summer blockbuster.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Tommy Lee Jones now works in the Post Office. There we learn that while foul weather cannot stop mail delivery, gray shorts and thigh-high socks can halt machismo dead in its tracks.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The original Men in Black succeeded primarily due to the fact that director and stars had very little to lose. Enough time has passed now for the sequel where the principles seem to have way too much on the line to have any fun.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
MIB2 is a hilarious cosmic experience of meteoric proportions!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The sequel, for all its investment in digital effects and the efforts made to include Jones and Sonnenfeld -- is about Smith more than anyone else...And it's true, he does make it look good.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
When a movie's strongest quality is a fantastic, original concept, a sequel can be something of a self-defeating proposition.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
If the plot were any simpler, it wouldn't exist.
Gloria Goodale - Christian Science Monitor
Men In Black 2 is as joyless and strained as a sequel can get.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Men in Black 2 is a true "middle movie." It is still lugging the furniture from the original, but it isn't quite ready to break free.
David Poland - Hot Button
It's a franchise that should keep going.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
"Men in Black II," has all the earmarks of a sequel. The story is less vibrant, the jokes are a little lukewarm, but will anyone really care?
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
Plot assumes little importance here. It's those amazing creatures that count!
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
a galactic waste of time
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Sonnenfeld gives us little more than a massive slimy serving of aliens on a sloppy summer platter.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
I thought the sequel is pretty similar in quality to the original. Perhaps not as funny, but with better special effects and not quite as much slime.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The mercifully short running time is either a result of thin material or an attempt to be over before viewers start questioning how very generic what they are watching is.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
If this is the best sequel that the Men in Black filmmakers could come up with in five years, then we're lucky that they didn't rush the follow-up to the 1997 smash hit.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
There's not a spark of new inspiration in it, just more of the same, done with noticeably less energy and imagination.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The makers have forsaken the entertaining elements of the original and, instead, rehash old jokes and leave any life at the doorstep. I like Frank the Pug, though.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
While not horrible, Men in Black II simply isn't as much fresh, entertaining or imaginative fun as the original.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
MIB II is a movie that makes it possible for the viewer to doze off for a few minutes or make several runs to the concession stand and/or restroom and not feel as if he or she has missed anything. That's because relatively nothing happens.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Runs a quick 80 minutes and yet it still feels padded.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The sequel has flickers of the original spirit, but it is like a fifth generation photocopy, a blurry reproduction rather than a re-imagined original.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Though there is much to like, there's very little to love in a movie that was clearly orchestrated to follow the path of least resistance so as to insure optimum protection of a very large budget.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
This might just be the slightest $100-million-plus-budgeted movie in history.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
'The once-dynamic duo of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith phones it in - and a by-the-numbers script all but hands them the receiver.'
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
A useless horror comedy for 2002.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Eye-filling but curiously joyless entertainment.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
This sequel to "Men in Black" has all the great creepy aliens, great conspiratorial camaraderie and great wild chases expected with this film, but somehow it's all over before you want it to be.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
While a lot of the inventiveness is still there, much of the funny isn't.
John Venable - Supercala.com
There is something perfunctory about the enterprise that suggests everyone is in it for a payday, and perhaps this is the reason the sequel is never quite engaging.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Begins to get tedious after a while. Fortunately, there's enough fun here to make the rest of it worth while.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Big-budget sci-fi comedy sequel is very much more of the same -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
James Rocchi - Netflix
In every way an improvement over the original Men in Black.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
There's a polite, distant, strained sensibility to this inevitable sequel.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
The mark of a respectable summer blockbuster is one of two things: unadulterated thrills or genuine laughs.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com