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  • Summary: Mutants continue to struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. With the fates of mankind - and mutantkind - in their hands, the X-MenMutants continue to struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. With the fates of mankind - and mutantkind - in their hands, the X-Men Face their most dangerous mission ever. [20th Century Fox] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    One of the things that makes this movie such a great rush is that while you’re watching it, it seems a good deal more subversive than it really is.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    My chief complaint is that these mutants are a little--well, vanilla. I wish the X-Men had a touch of kinkiness to go with their weird abilities.
  4. As it is, most of X2's action is restricted to the Northeast Corridor, with a climactic face-off in the western Rockies, where, in typical blockbuster fashion, everything goes kablooey and ka-bam.
  5. 70
    In some ways, X2 is an obvious improvement on its predecessor: It looks more expensive, and its special effects seem to swoop out of nowhere...But "X-Men" was undoubtedly the most elegiac comic-book adaptation of the past few years.
  6. 63
    It's scenic, confidently directed and performed, dutiful, faithful, revelatory, informative, and largely involving. Rarely, however, is it any fun.
  7. The movie is overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 105
  2. Negative: 3 out of 105
  1. MatthewL.
    Mar 14, 2004
    10
    Excellent, better than the first film...
  2. May 25, 2013
    10
    There was just no wrong step taken with X2, the characters were interestingly developed, the set pieces were simply sublime and imaginative toThere was just no wrong step taken with X2, the characters were interestingly developed, the set pieces were simply sublime and imaginative to the point of positive disbelief, and wonderfully emotional, funny and heartbreaking story was fleshed out in the two hours of this fantastic sequel.
    Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to Xavier's school after searching for clues as to where he came from, and how he received his indestructible abilities, Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is reluctant to delve deeper into Wolverines past, but also has other matters to attend to. After an attack on the White House, carried out by a mutant, there is continuing pressure once again to go so far as to detain mutants.
    But not forgetting minor characters from the first, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) has a much more pivotal and expanded role in X2, she is still quite shaken from the events of the first film to the point where she is unable to concentrate on her powers, she truly is powerful, but unable to harness it.
    With Magneto (Ian McKellan) in plastic solitary confinement, the master of metal continues to stand for what he truly believes in, his brotherhood of mutants, of how they are the next stage of evolution.
    The story moves at a quick and action packed pace, as someone emerges from Wolverines past that he doesn't fully understand. He must search for answers, but a massive turn of events may soon change that.
    The characters are on top form throughout this film, and it is remarkable to see so many exciting personalities all having their time to shine in 120 mins. Hugh Jackman continues to bring out the ruthless yet often caring Wolverine, also returning is Anna Paquin as Rogue, and also Iceman played in a bigger capacity from Shawn Ashmore.
    This film continues to appear on many lists as one of the best superhero films, and for good reason. It has a mixture of interesting prospects, a riveting story, groundbreaking special effects and a cast that are simply too intriguing to ignore. Ian McKellan in particular delivers a thrilling performance as the anti-hero Magneto, along with Mystique and even a few familiar faces, they all must band together to save themselves from a much more mysterious foe, one who of course might just have more knowledge on the X-Men, and their capabilities, than they do themselves.
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  3. Aug 23, 2012
    9
    This was an interesting sequel to the first film and no doubt that it had much more story to it considering the first one was merely aThis was an interesting sequel to the first film and no doubt that it had much more story to it considering the first one was merely a development on the characters. This gave us some more action combined with better character development, possibly better story development, but what I must mention is that X2 is subjectively different from its predecessor because this isn't the beginning. The first one was good because it gave us what we needed to begin with and this showed a good combination of storyline along with character development, while this one added more characters while adding a bit more action over storyline, plus it did go a little downhill in the middle. Despite that, I did enjoy this one, because there was more character development and a few more thrills and as my favourite character is Wolverine, it was great to hear more about him but without neglecting the rest of them. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    8
    Everything about the first film got better with the sequel, the acting is great, the storyline is great, the CGi is still looking quite good.Everything about the first film got better with the sequel, the acting is great, the storyline is great, the CGi is still looking quite good. The best of the X-Men trilogy easily. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2014
    8
    "X2: X-Men United" is slightly better than it's predecessor. The story is more entertaining, the action scenes are more exciting and"X2: X-Men United" is slightly better than it's predecessor. The story is more entertaining, the action scenes are more exciting and characters are still likable. Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2014
    7
    This movie is good, if not great, and it is certainly the best of the original trilogy of X-Men. It's best characters are probably Jean Grey,This movie is good, if not great, and it is certainly the best of the original trilogy of X-Men. It's best characters are probably Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, and the always entertaining Wolverine. I wish Nightcrawler was used more, and I thought he was about as awesome as Quicksilver was in Days of Future Past. Also, Cyclops wasn't used near as much as he needed to be. The X-Men series has always had a problem with not using the coolest characters correctly, and this one resorts to using Storm too much as well, but it doesn't make that mistake as much as Last Stand does. Other than that, there's really not too much negative about this movie. It just takes everything established in the first one and expands on it. The first one was just average, but this one is really good and fun. Expand
  7. JerkGuy
    Oct 1, 2007
    2
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