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Mary F. Pols,
Its opening sequences are a near marvel of confusion, mayhem and embarrassments for its actors. If it was a person, you'd worry it had dementia.
The thing is still too loud and too big in many respects, but it offers some satisfactions that the average blockbuster rarely even bothers to imagine.
New York Times:
"Men in Black 3" arrives in the multiplexes of the world with no particular agenda. Which may be part of the reason that it turns out to be so much fun.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage.
You may be wondering what thrilling, creative idea caused the filmmakers and stars to resurrect this franchise. The answer: none.
Sonnenfeld's mildly overachieving film isn't essential, but it finds just enough ways to justify its existence beyond the insatiable demands of commerce.
"Men in Black III" isn't bad, certainly not as bad as it might have been. But it's not exactly good, either. Mostly, it's something else: unnecessary.
Brolin's performance is funny, masterful, confident, and more than a little unsettling. If one human being can sample another, that's what's going on here.
J. R. Jones,
As in most successful fantasy blockbusters, there's a comfortable balance between technological wizardry and human talent.
The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that makes up for the first hour's sequelitis.
"Men in Black III" is an efficient Hollywood summer blockbuster product.
Sonnenfeld and Cohen move their baby along with an integrity and gait that ought to serve as a blueprint for other filmmakers faced with the particular challenges of reviving big-ticket and time-dated hunks of pop culture.
It's hard to imagine it won't be a hit, and hard to begrudge that success, no matter how saturated we are with comic-book properties and sequels.
Men in Black 3 is so dull and empty, it's the first movie that has ever made me think "Thank God this is in 3D."
The franchise is no longer the zenith of blockbusterism, and the gooey effects from Hollywood veteran Rick Baker look overly familiar, but "Men in Black 3" remains an amiable comedy with some fondly familiar faces.
Sonnenfeld ... gets just enough juice out of the time-travel idea to give Men in Black 3 a lift.
New York Daily News:
Brolin is such a perfect match for Jones, and Smith so confidently charismatic, that everything else seems like a distraction.
New York Post:
This only mildly bloated and convoluted action comedy has enough inspired moments to wipe out memories of the abysmal 2002 first sequel as surely as one of the black-suited heroes' nebulizers.
This sequel is so lifeless and pointless that it moves beyond "unnecessary" into the realm of "unwanted" and "insulting."
The unexpected spark between Smith and Brolin makes MiB3 primo summer fun.
San Francisco Chronicle:
If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it.
When even the most charismatic actor on the planet can't fake excitement, you know you're in trouble.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Sonnenfeld depends on crashing action and hyperventilating camera moves to puff up the slack blimp of a story. Unfortunately, there's one effect that computer-animation technicians can never duplicate: a genuine sense of fun.
The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second.
Globe and Mail:
In the mists of the past, damned if an old tune doesn't find some new energy. Delight, a modest yet palpable measure of the stuff, is restored.
There's a zippy and clever movie going on all around the two lumps with their names above the title.
I'm still not convinced anyone really needs it, but this is a respectable effort in the circumstances.
Apparently, it's okay to be nostalgic again, especially when the emotional payoff is this big-a wonderful surprise.
Look into this device and wait for the flash and forget any talk of sequels, please. Move along. Your work is done.
This spirited three-quel comes close to the exuberance of the first Men in Black and is a distinct improvement over its limp 2002 follow-up.
In this age of blockbuster bloat, Sonnenfeld's willingness to wrap things up well before the two-hour mark, as well as his eschewal of sledgehammer product placement, count as gestures of considerable mercy.
If you opt to rent the 3-D glasses, Men in Black 3 will be $14; the product has not, otherwise, changed significantly.
If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks.
It's that rare threequel that doesn't suck. Great special effects, surprising amount of heart.