“A Must See Superhero Squeal.”
“When It Is About Saving The World, Count With Me Proffesor.”
“Have You Ever Tried... Not Being A Mutant?”
“ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW NUMBA 2: In Anticipation For First Class...”
“This Movie Is "X"-Cellent!”
“A Fantasic Sequal!”
“Epic Adventure And A GREAT Film”
“A Film That Combines The Best Of Both Worlds By Finally Pleasing Both Movie And Comic Fans.”
“Everything Here Is Larger, Broader, More Developed And Complex, Mutated Beyond All Expectations.”
There's invigorating charm in X2's many scenes of unhurried playfulness and gentle puns on serious themes of tolerance.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Bigger, brasher, sexier but much, much more confusing.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Moves with the lightning speed, raw power and athletic grace of, well, a genetically mutated superhero.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Funny, reasonably crazy, and unpretentiously faithful to its source.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
A substantial improvement over X-Men, in many ways.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Sleek, smart and sophisticated for a far-fetched fantasy.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Dumb, but good.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
X2 has an emotion the first film lacked, and, sometimes, the full-blooded intensity that the best pop myths tend to tap.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The special effects have definitely improved.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The best approach is to just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A slightly flawed film that will nevertheless give fans of the comic book and first film a plenty good buzz.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Clearly, this movie is designed to sell action figures rather than make sense.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
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.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The whole may be less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are nifty.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
The movie makes up in dynamite what it loses in drama.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Busier, funnier, and more involving.
David Edelstein - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Where X-Men felt fragmented and impersonal, X2 explodes with ass-kicking style and sass.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
A summer firecracker.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Bigger and badder than No. 1, but still a blast.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
This has set the standard very high for this Summer and it will be interesting to see what, if any films, can match its calibre.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
'X' hits the spot.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
For this brief shining moment, the "X-Men" universe held perfect pitch, and funny book movies had a new standard of execution to live up to.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
A truly superior sequel to the original...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The higher aspirations sometimes weigh the action down, creating a story that is interesting but not always engaging, lacking the exuberance that could have made it truly exciting.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
It takes a true cinema talent to turn the daunting and rather unwieldy 40 years of material into a coherent yet complex, smart yet incredibly fun entertainment that satisfies both the fanboys and newbie moviegoers alike.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
X2 feels very much like a step on the way to something else; but if you can forgive it that, and its occasional hastiness, it's well worth going to see.
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Singer and his screenwriters know the value of a surprise and they deliver their share without dipping into the absurd. The result is a movie that surpasses expectations, a superhero flick that can rightfully take its place alongside the best.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bryan Singer ... makes sure the animating theme of this series -- the freedom to be different in the face of intolerant authority -- doesn't get lost in the din of battle.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Possibly one of the best superhero franchises in history, X2 is thoroughly engaging, well acted and well plotted. Bryan Singer is a master of the genre.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The emotional spectrum has widened, too, encompassing buoyant mirth and heroic tragedy.
Jessica Winter - Time Out
Les mutants reviennent sur nos ecrans en tres grande forme
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
A bigger and better sequel to the 2000 original.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
During shooting, Singer constantly referred to The Empire Strikes Back as his template -- and, by jove, he's made a movie that's worthy of the comparison.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - Empire Magazine
Like the first film, this one once again failed me to draw me into the world of the X-Men.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
As a big screen comic book, X2 is the most rewarding I have yet seen.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A superbly done roller coaster of a sci-fi/fantasy spectacle.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
A fitting salute to a comic that has spanned many decades and fans of all ages.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
X2 is motivated by a love of the action and characters. It's chaotic sometimes, and parts of it drag. But the affection shows, and you feel the director's enthusiasm.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
... A virtual how-to for superhero sequels ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
[T]his is a dazzling bit of comic book adaptation, but it never insults the intelligence.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Even better than the first.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Thanks to ample action, a stellar cast, amazing effects and a storyline that's solid without being convoluted, it's Xcellent entertainment.
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
The "X2: X-Men United" DVD is Straight Butter and a must own DVD for any true film fan.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Singer has attempted to be true to his characters, and his intentions are well founded.
Nik Huggins - Future Movies UK
The summer has arrived, and with it possibly the best sequel we'll see this year... The X-Men are back, and back with style.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Fleshes out a futuristic world that is never entirely remote, spiced up with the stinging social issues of the immediate present.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Full of action, babes, story, and style--now just axe about half the cast so we can have some focus.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Singer has put together the perfect opening to the summer-blockbuster season.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The plot is pure comic book, but it's immensely entertaining fun.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Opening the summer blockbuster season with flair, X2: X-Men United overtakes its hype to land the title of best comic book movie ... ever
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Fans of the "X-Men" legacy will love the film. To the rest of us, it's as if we're asked to follow along on a trip without a roadmap to help guide the way.
Josh Gilchrist - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Bryan Singer is a director who realizes that comic books are more than just pulp.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
A shortcut title, a shortcut movie.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
FX-heavy franchise pics simply don't come any better than this.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Parallels to 9/11, John Ashcroft, the Patriot Act and the rest of the Bush administration's racist thuggery are obvious; the movie creates a stirring tide of activist force.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Gets bogged down with too many endless fight scenes and too many characters to juggle.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
Just like its mutant characters differ from humans, the X-Men franchise differs from most other comic-book cash cows. It's sadder, saucier and significantly smarter.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
A great comic-book movie.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
Singer is so hung up on the intricacies of his plot that he never allows the world he's portraying to cut loose into atmospheric fantasy.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
. . .the most successful big budget comic book adaptation since Superman: The Movie and Batman.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
Very smart, if way too long.
John Anderson - Newsday
Exciting, fast-paced, and avoids most of the pitfalls of taking itself too seriously.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Aside from the (perhaps) overly thrilling spectacle of Wolverine's "berzerker rage" the lion's share of excitement comes from the returning villians and the introduction of Nightcrawler.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
It works perfectly and is never less than believable in an unbelievable, comic-strip kind of way.
Jonathan Ross - Daily Mirror [UK]
X2 is solid, especially when you put it alongside the original and others like it. At the same time, it is completely disposable.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
... has more subplots going than your average daytime soap operas, but with outcast superheroes instead of rich folk! In fact, it follows very closely the kind of interrelationships and characterization that made the X-men comic books popular for so long.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
As far as heavily hyped, commercially savvy, slickly produced blockbuster extravaganzas go, this one's a keeper.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A fantastic sequel with kinetic action scenes and a thirst for the next chapter in the series.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
'Grandes efectos especiales, una estupenda historia y accion sin limites. Ahora, todos somos mutantes'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Generally watchable, totally disposable, but passable.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Michael Dougherty's script builds on what went before instead of being a mere rehash, and if you like this sort of thing, you'll have a grand old time.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Stryker's agents crashing the Mutant school look just like the INS officers retrieving Elian Gonzalez
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Where X-Men was often restrained, X2 soars, and it's a much better film for it.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I felt it low-grade boredom, especially when the characters began to talk.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
Best of all, this is a film which excites the eye without numbing the brain.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
...once you strip away the fact that the endeavor is mismanaged and lacks essential treasures, it has quite a few decent isolated scenes...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
X2 ...is what the first film should have been; it's not a comic adaptation, it's a sci-fi film that stands on its own merit.
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Singer seems like he wants a place in Professor Xavier's school for having enough arms to juggle all the plots, which are onscreen.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Full of dazzling special effects, stunts and fight scenes, but the story is not as strong as the story in the first film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If this keeps up, sequels might just get a good name.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
X2 is considerably deeper -- and eerily relevant at this moment -- than its surface.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Improves upon the formula of the original and gives a significantly greater amount of action, but the formula is still rather expository in nature and the action has a tendency to be rather generic.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is a welcome change after the mediocrity of Spider-Man and the outright garbage of Daredevil.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
No actor has ever inhabited the spirit of a comic character the way Hugh Jackman has.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's by far the best movie adaptation of a comic book, ever.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
After about 1 1/2 hours, I thought, 'This has been a great movie!' When the 2:00 mark came and went, I was saying, 'Is this ever going to end?'
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Is the sequel worth the 3-year wait and the ticket price in? The answer is "definitely yes."
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Stryker keeps X2 from exceeding the sum of its otherwise impressive parts.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
One knows this is all fiction because in real life George W. Bush would no doubt have sent off all the mutants to Guantanamo Bay in violation of several international treaties . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
It's not bad for a comic book story.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
... X2 has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation ...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It still is not great, but it is better.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A movie about the X-Men could be an examination of outsider psychology - it could be as dark and deep as Ingmar Bergman's Skammen. But no one here is interested in making anything so esoteric as art.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
What a great way to start the summer movie season!
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
My goodness, are these X-Men ever busy!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Just plain smart, rip-roaring summertime cinematic fun.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
X2: X-Men United is sure to appeal to the masses on a super-charged visceral level. Overall, this favorable farfetched fable diligently spins a web of pure inventive flashiness
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
It's a relief to see a sequel that measures up to the original.
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
Singer not only creates a compelling story with strong characters, but he's also able to improve upon the original by bringing the civil rights subtext into a post-9/11 perspective.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Exciting. Exhilarating. Extraordinary. Exceptional.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
That rare sequel: one that deepens, darkens and expands upon the original.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
A major disappointment.
Jim Agnew - Film Threat
a much superior sequel
George Wu - culturevulture.net
Everything a super hero movie should be!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Sequels are known to hardly be a shade on the original film that spawned them, but in this case, X Men 2 is not only as good a film as the first, it's possibly a much better one.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
X2: X-Men United is such an entertaining, action-packed film that you almost forget it's about tolerance and political activism.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
"I'm gonna go get the jet ready," says Halle Berry as "Storm." Get the jet ready!? What exactly was she intending to do? Hang some jackets in first class? Restock the onboard Revlon products?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Big-budget, crowd-pleasing, multiplex material that doesn't insult your intelligence is a rare commodity these days, so I have no problem at all encouraging you to drop eight bucks on this one.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
A comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The best superhero sequel since Superman II.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Playful, witty, lively, capable of a surprise or two and emotionally satisfying, exactly what one wants from an action movie.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
As far as summer entertainment goes, X2: X-Men United is about as good as it gets.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The thrills rocket past so quickly that we seldom get the satisfying pleasure of a movie that knows how to use its spaces, gizmos and trained bodies.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The Marvel age of cinema has truly arrived. 'Nuff said.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
For the most part, the effects are top-drawer, and the story creates a mild undertow of emotion.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Harry Potter gets daggers in his hand and meets the Lord of the Rings while Star Wars plays on in a comic book universe generated, once again, by computers.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
X2 has everything fans could want in a sequel!
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
It is fun, it is explosive, but it is not a classic, not even in the comic-book genre.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Like the original, X2 succeeds in that neither the writers nor actors treat the comic-book material, like, well, a comic book.
Drew McAnulty - Jam! Movies
Storm falls victim to the same trap that so many other Black characters in ensemble casts fall into - we'll call it the Geordi Laforge factor.
James Hill - BET.com
Determined to do 'justice' to their source and show a little bit of all the mutants, both films focus on numbers (lots of X-Men, lots of crosscuts, lots of plots) rather than their built-in perverse substance.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
With X2, our modern day movie superheroes have evolved. They are as human as they have ever been, and the more human they get, the more exciting they are to watch.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
It's exciting, thrilling and, best of all, it's got brains and a heart.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The genius of Singer's movie is how easy he makes it for us to recognize and relate to this supposedly 'strange' world.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Singer has made a fast, furious and sometimes funny superhero flick that should appeal to most anyone.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
...Sucks you into it's mutated version of reality, grips you with chilling intensity, and doesn't let you go for it's entire running time.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Offers a diverting mix of insight and spectacle, human and superhuman.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
X2: X-Men United is a thoroughly intriguing sequel in the X-Men series, a pure adrenaline ride. But with a weighty--and very important--message attached, the film also makes you think.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
- Baltimore Sun
One of those rare gifts that completely eclipses its predecessor, building on it to create a perfect and wonderful cinematic experience.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
A far more moving experience than you'd ever expect from a comic-book movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
That rarest of action films, devoid of cliches and surprisingly attentive to the humanity of its characters.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine