Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Watch On
  1. 100
    The snappy sci-fi hoot Men in Black...is a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    88
    The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly.
  4. 88
    A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997]
  5. Sonnenfeld moves things along with alacrity and panache, serving up the exotic visuals quietly, blending in the sprightly humour efficiently, and keeping the mix at a rolling boil.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. CRL
    Aug 26, 2011
    10
    One of the best sci-fi comedies ever that plays perfectly off of the chemistry of its phenomenal leads and it's lighthearted and smart butOne of the best sci-fi comedies ever that plays perfectly off of the chemistry of its phenomenal leads and it's lighthearted and smart but still somewhat crazy plot. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2011
    8
    "Men in Black" is a beast in entertaining the audience. It's joyfully unpredictable and fun with great characters. Great job, Barry Sonfield!!!
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    Men in Black was such an entertaining well acted sci-fi comedy. I enjoyed the chemistry between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith and the bugsMen in Black was such an entertaining well acted sci-fi comedy. I enjoyed the chemistry between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith and the bugs are kind of cool. Full Review »