Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. A diverting mix of insight and spectacle, human and superhuman. This machine is built for kids, but rarely do words like "noble," "Hollywood" and "rawkin'" all apply to one movie.
  2. The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.
  3. 89
    An altogether more viscerally engaging film, from its relentless pacing and slam-bang effects work to the fine, appropriately heroic score by John Ottman. That the movie has an obvious gay subtext neither adds nor detracts from the film’s smashing popcorn appeal.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    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.
  5. 88
    Captures the feel of a first-rate comic book. It puts the pop back into Pop Art: It blows viewers away with a blast of kinetic energy.
  6. A follow-up with as much artistic integrity, complexity, humor and well-designed action as the original.
  7. X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from ''X-Men.''
  8. It also boosts the punch of the movie that so many of its action scenes evoke the Iraqi War news footage of the past month, and the "X-Men" premise -- people persecuted because their difference makes them seem threatening -- carries even more relevancy and weight than it did three years ago.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 96
  2. Negative: 3 out of 96
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    "X2" is a rare movie that bests its prequel "X Men" with stunning visuals, violent but watchable fighting sequences, and its ability to add new characters and develop their own stories. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    When it could focus on insight and enlightenment, it chooses to instead focus on self-acceptance character-wise, and sci-fi action sequences plot wise. The film only hints at what it could be throughout its entire duration. Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor and a benchmark for comic sequels in general. Full Review »