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A comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.
X2 has an emotion the first film lacked, and, sometimes, the full-blooded intensity that the best pop myths tend to tap.
Los Angeles Times:
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.
A wonderfully populated adventure, with the franchise even more compelling the second time out because of our familiarity with the characters.
New York Times:
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.
New York Post:
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.
New York Observer:
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.
Performances are solid throughout, with the actors managing to straight-face their way through some truly inane dialogue.
Wall Street Journal:
There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
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.
Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good.
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.
J. R. Jones,
The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
This time out there's more action, more character development, more special effects and a much bigger budget.
There's invigorating charm in X2's many scenes of unhurried playfulness and gentle puns on serious themes of tolerance.
Dallas Morning News:
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.
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.
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.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
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.
The whole project has been developed with enough know-how, unstinting ingenuity and organized energy to lift it far above its flaws.
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.
X2: X-Men United is the kind of movie you enjoy for its moments, even though they never add up.
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.
Busier, funnier, and more involving.
Globe and Mail:
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.
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.
The emotional spectrum has widened, too, encompassing buoyant mirth and heroic tragedy.
The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing.
Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
Moves with the lightning speed, raw power and athletic grace of, well, a genetically mutated superhero.
Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest.