X2 2003

Critics score:
86 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: ... X2 has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation ... Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: X2 has an emotion the first film lacked, and, sometimes, the full-blooded intensity that the best pop myths tend to tap. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: The whole may be less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are nifty. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The special effects have definitely improved. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: A wonderfully populated adventure, with the franchise even more compelling the second time out because of our familiarity with the characters. Read more

A.O. Scott, 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. Read more

Lou Lumenick, 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. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: Performances are solid throughout, with the actors managing to straight-face their way through some truly inane dialogue. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 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. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: Sleek, smart and sophisticated for a far-fetched fantasy. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: This time out there's more action, more character development, more special effects and a much bigger budget. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: There's invigorating charm in X2's many scenes of unhurried playfulness and gentle puns on serious themes of tolerance. Read more

Chris Vognar, 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. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Very smart, if way too long. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, 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. Read more

Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger: The whole project has been developed with enough know-how, unstinting ingenuity and organized energy to lift it far above its flaws. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: A substantial improvement over X-Men, in many ways. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: X2: X-Men United is the kind of movie you enjoy for its moments, even though they never add up. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: A summer firecracker. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Busier, funnier, and more involving. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The best approach is to just kick back and enjoy the ride. Read more

Rick Groen, 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. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The movie makes up in dynamite what it loses in drama. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Jessica Winter, Time Out: The emotional spectrum has widened, too, encompassing buoyant mirth and heroic tragedy. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Funny, reasonably crazy, and unpretentiously faithful to its source. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Moves with the lightning speed, raw power and athletic grace of, well, a genetically mutated superhero. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest. Read more