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
'X' hits the spot.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
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
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
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
Generally watchable, totally disposable, but passable.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
'Grandes efectos especiales, una estupenda historia y accion sin limites. Ahora, todos somos mutantes'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
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
Best of all, this is a film which excites the eye without numbing the brain.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
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
I felt it low-grade boredom, especially when the characters began to talk.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
...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
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
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)
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
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)
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.)
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
Stryker keeps X2 from exceeding the sum of its otherwise impressive parts.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
It's not bad for a comic book story.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie 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
It still is not great, but it is better.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
... X2 has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation ...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
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 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
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
My goodness, are these X-Men ever busy!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
What a great way to start the summer movie season!
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Just plain smart, rip-roaring summertime cinematic fun.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
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!
A major disappointment.
Jim Agnew - Film Threat
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
That rare sequel: one that deepens, darkens and expands upon the original.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Everything a super hero movie should be!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
a much superior sequel
George Wu - culturevulture.net
Last year, I ranked Spider-Man among the best comic films made but was hesitant to call it No. 1. The leader has arrived.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
If you're an X-Men fan, the theater is the only way to get the full impact of the effects - they're pretty awesome.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
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
Overflowing with deep characters in compelling relationships, rich with the always-timely message about bigotry and acceptance, and... delivers more action and excitement than in the first round.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
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
A far more moving experience than you'd ever expect from a comic-book movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Singer is very good at scene staging, and at linking one scene to the next, creating the kind of downhill momentum that's exactly right for the matinee-movie stories like X-Men United.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
One of those rare superior sequels - a dark, often exhilarating and occasionally even thoughtful improvement on its portable plastic predecessor.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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
Most of the good things about X-Men are once again in evidence in this continuation of the epic.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
For the most part, the effects are top-drawer, and the story creates a mild undertow of emotion.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Offers a diverting mix of insight and spectacle, human and superhuman.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
While it lacks Spider-Man's emotional wallop, X2: X-Men United represents the purest translation of comic book action to the big screen.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
First-rate popcorn cinema and a superfly awesome kick-off to the summer movie season.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Turns out it is possible to be big without being stupid.
Katrina Onstad - National Post
With a nod to 'The Empire Strikes Back,' this is an exciting, action-packed superhero saga with a timely message about tolerance and sacrifice.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
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
Singer has made a fast, furious and sometimes funny superhero flick that should appeal to most anyone.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
The primary improvement over the first film ... is that this one is simply more enjoyable with less heavy lifting.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
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
That rarest of action films, devoid of cliches and surprisingly attentive to the humanity of its characters.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
X2 perfectly marks the mutant spot.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
It's exciting, thrilling and, best of all, it's got brains and a heart.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
The kind of grand, slick, flashy popcorn entertainment that delivers on its promise of producing eye-popping, heart-thumping, cheer-aloud fun.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
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
May be the best super-hero movie yet made.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
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
A wonderfully populated adventure, with the franchise even more compelling the second time out because of our familiarity with the characters.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
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)
Dean Essner - 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
With its top-notch special effects, X2 promises to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
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
Stands as a worthy enough follow-up, but just a notch less successful...lacks the faultless pacing and focused storytelling of the original.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Sports enough cool characters and exhilarating set pieces to make you sit tight through the dull bits and tolerate most of the superficial silliness.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The Marvel age of cinema has truly arrived. 'Nuff said.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The whole project has been developed with enough know-how, unstinting ingenuity and organized energy to lift it far above its flaws.
Bob Campbell - Newark Star-Ledger
X2 has everything fans could want in a sequel!
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Suffers from acute sequelitis. The characters aren't as vibrant, the dialogue isn't as witty and the action isn't as fresh as they were the first time around.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
...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)
As far as summer entertainment goes, X2: X-Men United is about as good as it gets.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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
X-Men 2 e um filme de super-herois feito para adultos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
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.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
There are several memorable bits and genuinely affecting performances.
Gloria Goodale - Christian Science Monitor
This time out there's more action, more character development, more special effects and a much bigger budget.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The effects used for Nightcrawler are some of the coolest ever!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Singer has assembled a fabulous cast that guarantees both gravitas and believability.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Whereas X-Men felt like it was holding back a bit ... the sequel leaps forward, full of confidence.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Double your pleasure with this visually stunning and thematically inventive sci-fi spectacular where mutant humans battle the zealous forces of law and order.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A double rarity: a sequel that improves on the original, and a big-budget blockbuster that actually has something to say.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Contains maybe the best effects work I have ever seen, with the various spectacular sights not registering with the audience as spectacular because the wizardry that created them doesn't call attention to itself.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Superhero sequel has more action, bigger stakes and a sprawling cast, adding up to big-time popcorn satisfaction.
James Rocchi - Netflix
On a purely visceral level, the movie is a doozy.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
That rarity among sequels, a follow-up with as much artistic integrity, complexity, humor and well-designed action as the original.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Just once it would be nice to fashion an action sequence in these films where all the X-Men team up to use their forces all at the same time
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
In trying to be everything to everybody, it meant nothing much to me.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Director Bryan Singer ups the ante in X2, introducing new characters and creating plot lines that will lead to future adventures. Meanwhile, he accelerates the action so the movie's 134 minutes speed by like an express train.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
X2 has some surprisingly touching moments and some surprises to boot.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
An engaging spectacle of energy and special effects built around a doomy mood and an ensemble cast vigorously pursuing a story line that isn't nearly as snazzy as the dressing.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The expanded cast and cameos will keep fans drooling, but the film never feels over-packed as we get a little history on Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and setups for a few characters for interesting turns in future films.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's as superfluous as it is redundant: X-haust to the nth power.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
An infectiously good time, X2 will no doubt make you forget about the doldrums of human existence and leave you wondering what kind of mutant you'd most like to be.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
It would have been nice to see more character development, but if quirks and subplots for each of the X-Men were explored, that would take a 15-hour movie.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Any disappointments in plot are easily overshadowed by the joy in watching this valiant comic environment take shape on screen.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
As thoughtful spectacle with some tremendously talented performers, it's Bryan Singer's X-cellent adventure.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Just the right balance of irony, self-awareness, and oh, what the heck, check your brains at the door, grab some popcorn and let's just go with it.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Director Bryan Singer's determination to remain true to the legions of "X-Men" comic book fans is clearly evident in this second film.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Rich special effects, emotional subtext, and wry attitude that deftly out-ranks the original (but Nightcrawler annoyed me).
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
For most of its runtime, X2 has the indescribable x-factor of rollicking entertainment.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
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.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
...[it] just feels like director Bryan Singer and his cast are more confident and self-assured, resulting in an action-packed, witty and even thought-provoking yarn.
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
With so many people running around in spandex and capes, the movie begins to resemble a costume ball.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
a hugely enjoyable adventure that does what all sequels should: It fleshes out the themes and ideas of the first part instead of merely staging variations on the stunts and jokes that audiences loved.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
A bigger and bolder film than the first. The only way that X2 could bring the audience closer to the comic book experience would be to slap it in a pair of spandex. The perfect summer flick!
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Get ready for the first true cinematic blast of the summer!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Very much like its predecessor: slickly made but overstuffed with characters and excessively busy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Bryan Singer's X2: X-Men United is a mutant leap forward in comic book filmmaking.
David Poland - Hot Button
Goes beyond the comic-book movie label in a way no previous super-hero movie has done: It's well-done sci-fi action-adventure that honors its pulp origins but doesn't depend on them
the most ambitious, sprawling super-hero saga to date.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
...if greatness eludes it, it remains sure-footed and dependable nonetheless, an exemplary roller-coaster ride that expands and enhances the work that came before it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
For once, the trailers don't lie. This is really good - better than the first, actually, and maybe even in the same company as Spider-Man.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Wolverine makes the movie -- a wry, raw, charismatic character, embodied by the excellent Hugh Jackman.
Nev Pierce - BBC
The director allows time, within the action, to cultivate the spirits and souls of his heroes -- and even some of his villains.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Special effects take a bow in this lively sequel that sacrifices narrative pleasure for flashy technique.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
...a significant improvement over the original in nearly every way.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Although frequently inventive and fun, X2 too often gets bogged down in long ponderous scenes. A frustrating film, it suffers a bad case of bloating.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
X2 isn't inspired, but it's fine.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A smooth, shiny entertainment that hums like a jeweled clockwork toy.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Would this sequel not just live up to being a sequel of the first film, but even more closely live up to the expectations of fans, some of whom have been fans for over three decades? YES.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
First-rate and imaginative special effects are paired with a story that raises issues beyond exactly how much of what Rebecca Romijn Stamos is wearing is just blue body paint.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
"X2" has two times the heroes, two times the action, and two times the fun of the first...
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
"Sit down", "Shut Up" and "Hang On", because Marvel's indifferent crew of culminary power are back, and they're bigger, badder and super-charged with razzle dazzle glase
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Hugely enjoyable sequel that's every bit as good as the first film.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's artificial drama cloaked in big production spectacle. Which doesn't mean it can't be fun.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
X-Men already rammed its message down our collective throats. Now they're back for seconds.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
While most movie-goers will love the film's sheer thrill ride, X-Men fans might leave a little disappointed. The best, I guess, is yet to come. .
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
Succeeds more in the special effects department than as a fable about our current, troubled world.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Stylishly dark and visually thrilling with turbo-charged mutant action, X-Men 2 is a spectacle that delivers on every count.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
So much inventive stuff that it takes your breath away--from massive set pieces to amazing stuntwork to tiny details.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
All of this may sound fine and dandy, but it makes for a very busy film that, even at roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes, buckles under the weight of its own ambitions.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Yes, there's action, fun, and even some well-earned tension. But X2 is simply lacking the gel, the magic, the super-power of that strong first film "X-Men."
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card