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MEN IN BLACK II


"Some sequels continue a story. Others repeat it. 'Men in Black II' creates a new threat for the MIB, but recycles the same premise, which is that mankind can defeat an alien invasion by assigning agents in Ray-Bans to shoot them into goo...The special effects are good, but often pointless. As the movie throws strange aliens at us, we aren't much moved--more like mildly interested." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Some motion pictures portray ultimate passion; others create ultimate thrills. 'Men in Black II' achieves ultimate insignificance--it's the sci-fi comedy spectacle as Whiffle-Ball epic...it's like the cantina scene in 'Star Wars' stretched over an entire movie." --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Like most other sequels, 'Men in Black II' is something of a knockoff, but then again, the original installment was pretty much a knockoff, too...The hang-loose grodiness of these films has its charms, and the Ray-Banned team of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, at its best, is good vaudeville." Peter Rainer, New York

"...pretty much a disaster--repetitive beyond belief, and so busily inconsequential that it neuralizes your brain and leaves you with nothing to respond to...mostly dull physical comedy and special effects that are no longer fresh. One scene follows another with little variation; the movie is actually boring--one fights to stay awake." --David Denby, The New Yorker

"...as fizzy as the first, but not quite as refreshing...This is a picture that demands nothing of its audience, and not much more from its stars... Mr. Smith, who has recently broadened his range with his impressive performance in Michael Mann's 'Ali,' slides back into a more familiar mix of bravado and silliness. Mr. Jones's line readings are beyond deadpan; each one is delivered as though he had just been awakened from a nap." -- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"'Men in Black II' is, for all practical purposes, a feature-length cartoon...This good-naturedly cornball sequel revels in its own mythology...Somewhat under 90 minutes, 'Men in Black II' feels even shorter, thanks to the general absence of narrative ballast and a few hyperkinetic passages..." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"There are just enough fresh, funny gags and witty throwaways to keep the 88-minute 'MIB2' percolating...doesn't risk much, but it fulfills its end of the bargain: a good time will be had by almost all." --David Ansen, Newsweek

"A good-faith attempt has been made to duplicate the original elements, but the mix is wrong, bearings have been lost, the balance is off. It was attitude that made 'Men in Black' special, a particular kind of cool insouciance that has proved as impossible to duplicate as it was irresistible to experience." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"The appeal of the original, a true cultural phenomenon, was the cool, odd-couple chemistry between Smith and Tommy Lee Jones...Thankfully, the chemistry is still there, but the premise is no longer fresh, the jokes are broader--and the special effects are much more elaborate ..." --Lou Lumenick, The New York Post