Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: May 2, 2003
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SrPepeNov 13, 2017
Everything does feel a bit clockwork to be honest, there aren't any major surprises really (you can see things a mile off) but none the less it does hold your attention to the end.
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ShadowSectAug 21, 2017
How could I have possibly missed this movie?!? This is one of the best superhero movies I’ve watched. It’s emotional, it has great dialogue, it has some of the best acting in the franchise (yes, including the First Class trilogy and WolverineHow could I have possibly missed this movie?!? This is one of the best superhero movies I’ve watched. It’s emotional, it has great dialogue, it has some of the best acting in the franchise (yes, including the First Class trilogy and Wolverine trilogy), and it really hit on a lot of themes.

This is what I would reference as an X-Men movie, through and through. They stood together as a team, really pushed the themes of X-Men (equality, being different, the dangers and in-fighting of mutants, etc.), and it showed the dark and good parts of humanity. They characterized almost every character of the cast, and dang the choreography of the fights was epic. Mad props to the Wolverine vs. Yuriko. It was awesome and pretty gruesome for PG-13.

The casting was also excellent. Special props to Hugh Jackman once again, and Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler. Really stole the show, and was probably my favorite character other than Wolverine in this movie. The cinematography was also stellar, especially the transitions with the hallucination person.

What knocks this movie? The very end of this movie… it really didn’t make any sense. There’s also a few moments where suspension of disbelief is a thing, and this movie tends to focus more on Wolverine way more than the rest of the X-Men. Would still recommend this movie regardless. Buy it on Blu-Ray if possible.

Rating: A-
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SonicHD7Jun 1, 2017
Stryker (Brian Cox), a villianous former Army commander, holds the key to Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) past and the future of the X-Men. This threat re-ignites the call for a mutant registration act. Stryker starts a full-out assault onStryker (Brian Cox), a villianous former Army commander, holds the key to Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) past and the future of the X-Men. This threat re-ignites the call for a mutant registration act. Stryker starts a full-out assault on Professor Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) mansion and school. After escaping his plastic cell, Magneto (Ian McKellen) proposes a partnership with Xavier and the X-Men to combat this new formidable enemy they both have in common. Expand
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FuturedirectorMar 21, 2017
X2 is exactly how a great an appropriate sequel should always be: more exhilarating, surprisingly more entertaining and, solidly acted and, of course, smarter.
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ZerpnosMar 5, 2017
İlk filme göre aksiyonu oldukça üst seviyeye taşıyan ikinci X-Men filmi yeni yeni karakterlerin eklenmesiyle birlikte, insanlar ile mutantların daha iyi bir şekilde ve dostça yaşamaya çalışmasını konu alıyor tabi bu istekler öyle hemenİlk filme göre aksiyonu oldukça üst seviyeye taşıyan ikinci X-Men filmi yeni yeni karakterlerin eklenmesiyle birlikte, insanlar ile mutantların daha iyi bir şekilde ve dostça yaşamaya çalışmasını konu alıyor tabi bu istekler öyle hemen olmuyor ve macera orada başlıyor. Expand
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russiangamerMar 2, 2017
Со второй попытки у них получилось сделать хороший фильм.
Росомаха выглядит круто, экшена стало больше и в качестве он тоже прибавил, сюжет стал не такой банальный, как было в первой части. Вообщем, если сравнивать с первой частью, то фильм
Со второй попытки у них получилось сделать хороший фильм.
Росомаха выглядит круто, экшена стало больше и в качестве он тоже прибавил, сюжет стал не такой банальный, как было в первой части. Вообщем, если сравнивать с первой частью, то фильм прибавил драйва, его интересно смотреть. Но вторая половина довольно скучная, а последние 20 минут я уже начинал засыпать, затянули всё-таки.
Итог: Хороший супергеройский фильм.
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BarneyOnMTNov 25, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: Now I really enjoyed the first X-Men, and I didn't for a moment expect that they'd top it with X2... but boy did they; with Bryan Singer bringing everything a sequel should have and setting a bit of a comic-book gold standardWHAT I LIKED: Now I really enjoyed the first X-Men, and I didn't for a moment expect that they'd top it with X2... but boy did they; with Bryan Singer bringing everything a sequel should have and setting a bit of a comic-book gold standard along the way. For a start it's an even more intellegent and ambitious movie than it's predecessor as it deals with some interesting ideas through it's tighter script and direction. It's also a much more in-depth character study and has a great plot to match; resulting in levels of involvement far beyond most. All in all then, this is definitely one of the best films in the series, if not one of the best films of the genre
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The aesthetics still don't match it's intellegence thanks to terribly gimicky world-building and special effects.
VERDICT: What an enjoyable and unusually emotionally-intellegent movie. X2 ticks all the boxes and seals the deal for the comic book movie. I love it.
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Castiel_AngelOct 15, 2016
This movie is even better than the first one! Excellent action scenes and characters. I wish I could rate this higher than 10 but sadly that is as high as it goes.
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ATsushiMay 30, 2016
With a brilliant script, stylish direction and superb performances, X2: United is better than its predecessor at all and becomes one of the most successful sequels of the genre.
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ElectroNickMay 26, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "X2: X-Men United" is an ideal sequel which improves on the foundations set by it's predecessor and expands on the lore. The stakes are raised as Colonel Striker wishes to use Xavier's machine to unleash genocide on mutant kind. With this common threat the brotherhood and the X-Men need to put aside their differences in order to fight a common menace. The theme of prejudice is dealt with much more in this film than in the previous film as the anti-mutant hostilities start to intensify. The most nuanced scene which illustrates this was the scene when Ice-Man was talking to his parents about him being a mutant to which his mom asked "Have you ever tried not being a mutant". This illustrates the homosexuality allegory that the comics have have dived into. Wolverine's past is revlead more and he starts to face his supposed superior of the weapon x program in Lady Death- Strike. He even has a nice end to his character arc as he decides to fight against his vengeful nature and decided to Spare Striker. Night Crawler makes his first theatrical appearance played by Alan Cumming. Cumming perfectly captures the spiritual conflict within him as he wants t be a good christian but looks like a demon on the outside. Magneto is more sinister in this film as he tricks the machine to kill all humans instead of mutants which does make fit the character but it feels like a last-minute conflict though. The films entire ending actually felt rushed as it laid a sequel bait feeling which will lead to obvious cliffhangers. Rushed ending aside it is a film that is worth a watch that will satisfy the hardcore fans and average movie- watchers. Expand
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MrMovieBuffMay 26, 2016
'X2: X-Men United' is a deeper, darker, more violent and horrifying movie, and the best of the "X-Men" legacy. Bryan Singer directs a more solid, and intense chapter for our mutant heroes, and it's an enormous improvement of the first movie,'X2: X-Men United' is a deeper, darker, more violent and horrifying movie, and the best of the "X-Men" legacy. Bryan Singer directs a more solid, and intense chapter for our mutant heroes, and it's an enormous improvement of the first movie, which I thought was absolutely fantastic.

The movie opens with what could be the best opening for any movie, and that involves the White House and a mutant named Kurt Wagner aka "Nightcrawler" (Alan Cumming) attempting to assassinate the U.S. President in a fast-paced, intense, and sometimes scary scene which we see Nightcrawler teleport away from the guards. This is a difficult scene to do well, and Singer manages to keep everything in focus.

We see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) appear at the lake where he became metal and where his memory of his origins may have been erased, but he cannot seem to find any answers. The group of mutants at Charles Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) school return, and it seems that Jean (Famke Janssen) is having trouble controlling her telepathic powers. This is a tease to her "Phoenix saga", and Cyclops (James Marsden) is concerned and tries not to make her worry.

Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) also return, and it seems that Rogue's powers of uncontrollably harming an individual seem to stall their relationship as they cannot express physical love for one another.

Magneto (Ian McKellen) is still in prison since the events of 'X-Men' (2000) and he is visited by a Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox), who wants him to give information where Charles' Cerebro is, and plots to use it against all the mutants and wipe them out. Colonel Stryker also plans to kidnap Xavier in order for him to use Cerebro and convince him to do so, but he runs into Wolverine along his journey, and Wolverine thinks that Stryker is a link to his forgotten past.

The action scenes in this movie are better than ever, particularly the Nightcrawler scene at the White House, the raid scene in the X-Mansion with Wolverine maniacally killing Stryker's guards left, right and center. There is also a scene in which Wolverine fights another mutant with very similar powers to his.

Just like stated above, this is a darker sequel, and more character driven as we get some time developed to Iceman, in a very well done scene where he explains about his mutant abilities that he was born with. The movie is also half an hour longer than its predecessor, and it still moves at a fast pace, with more characters, more violence, more action and a darker tone...'X2: X-Men United' is one of the best comic book sequels out there.
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aadityamudharApr 18, 2016
Like the first Tim Burton-directed Batman movie, the original X-Men was the rare comic-book adaptation that satisfied the needs of both summer-movie audiences and all but the most Mylar-addled comic-book fans. Directed with depth, efficiency,Like the first Tim Burton-directed Batman movie, the original X-Men was the rare comic-book adaptation that satisfied the needs of both summer-movie audiences and all but the most Mylar-addled comic-book fans. Directed with depth, efficiency, and wit by Bryan Singer, the film suffered only from a tendency to seem like a setup for an even bigger movie. And here it is. Significantly longer and stuffed with new mutants, unresolved old business, new subplots, and many more fights, X2: X-Men United suggests that Singer's gaggle of screenwriters received script notes reading "More, more, more." Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good. The film opens with the kind of breathless setpiece most action movies would save for a climax: an assassination attempt on the U.S. president by teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (a well-cast Alan Cumming, who finds the right balance of scariness and helplessness). What looks like a terrorist act is eventually revealed as a broader conspiracy to crack down on mutant freedoms, a plot spearheaded by hateful general Brian Cox, who uses the attack as an excuse to go after the residents of the school run by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). With their expansive casts, tangled plotlines, and overheated passions, the X-Men comic books have always been as much about soap operatics as laser beams. So far, the film series has not just understood that notion, but run with it. Singer sandwiches melodrama within eye-catching, comics-inspired compositions, allows time for characters to interact with (and often annoy) one another, and, whenever the situation gets too grim, lets Hugh Jackman's anti-heroic Wolverine or some other witty business deflate any pretensions. Aside from a couple of duds in the ensemble, the film also benefits from its gifted cast, with Ian McKellen once again standing out as Magneto, the pitiless, radical mutant whose escape from prison leads to the uneasy alliance suggested by the film's subtitle. With all the talk of government crackdowns in the name of national security–the president even shares George W. Bush's habit of wearing an American-flag pin, lest anyone question his patriotism–the story also boasts a muted contemporary resonance. Only in the finale do the special effects start to overwhelm the plot and characters, but by that point, the film has long since begun to coast on its own momentum toward the inevitable, and welcome, setup for the presumably even bigger X3. Expand
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Cinemassacre94Mar 20, 2016
Like the first Tim Burton-directed Batman movie, the original X-Men was the rare comic-book adaptation that satisfied the needs of both summer-movie audiences and all but the most Mylar-addled comic-book fans. Directed with depth, efficiency,Like the first Tim Burton-directed Batman movie, the original X-Men was the rare comic-book adaptation that satisfied the needs of both summer-movie audiences and all but the most Mylar-addled comic-book fans. Directed with depth, efficiency, and wit by Bryan Singer, the film suffered only from a tendency to seem like a setup for an even bigger movie. And here it is. Significantly longer and stuffed with new mutants, unresolved old business, new subplots, and many more fights, X2: X-Men United suggests that Singer's gaggle of screenwriters received script notes reading "More, more, more." Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good. The film opens with the kind of breathless setpiece most action movies would save for a climax: an assassination attempt on the U.S. president by teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (a well-cast Alan Cumming, who finds the right balance of scariness and helplessness). What looks like a terrorist act is eventually revealed as a broader conspiracy to crack down on mutant freedoms, a plot spearheaded by hateful general Brian Cox, who uses the attack as an excuse to go after the residents of the school run by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). With their expansive casts, tangled plotlines, and overheated passions, the X-Men comic books have always been as much about soap operatics as laser beams. So far, the film series has not just understood that notion, but run with it. Singer sandwiches melodrama within eye-catching, comics-inspired compositions, allows time for characters to interact with (and often annoy) one another, and, whenever the situation gets too grim, lets Hugh Jackman's anti-heroic Wolverine or some other witty business deflate any pretensions. Aside from a couple of duds in the ensemble, the film also benefits from its gifted cast, with Ian McKellen once again standing out as Magneto, the pitiless, radical mutant whose escape from prison leads to the uneasy alliance suggested by the film's subtitle. With all the talk of government crackdowns in the name of national security–the president even shares George W. Bush's habit of wearing an American-flag pin, lest anyone question his patriotism–the story also boasts a muted contemporary resonance. Only in the finale do the special effects start to overwhelm the plot and characters, but by that point, the film has long since begun to coast on its own momentum toward the inevitable, and welcome, setup for the presumably even bigger X3. Expand
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FilmMasterEdJan 6, 2016
X2: X-Men United kicks you in the balls so hard that you puke on your balls and also your ass." Let's see the suits use that quote in the X2 ads. The blurb is the work of fancifully named critic Neill Cumpston (as in cum stain?), whoseX2: X-Men United kicks you in the balls so hard that you puke on your balls and also your ass." Let's see the suits use that quote in the X2 ads. The blurb is the work of fancifully named critic Neill Cumpston (as in cum stain?), whose review, as posted on the Ain't It Cool Web site, spoofs geek addiction to Xtc.

X-Men, the first film made from Stan Lee's Marvel comic, grossed $300 million in 2000, but Cumpston felt shortchanged: "Remember how the first film had all that story (= for gays) in the first part, and you were like, 'How 'bout some ass-kicking already?' and then finally they got to it? Not this one. It's like, OK, there's the credits, and now here's the ass-kicking, and it starts and doesn't stop and you're all like, 'Pants, meet **** "

Props to Cumpston for wittily epitomizing the devalued state of film criticism. Who cares if X2 has a director, a writer or a thought in its head, as long as this $120 million epic turns loose mutants to metaphorically bruise our nether regions.

That it does. Everyone is pumped up and pissed off, starting with director Bryan Singer, who reportedly kicked chairs and screamed at the crew. His mood fits the movie. Hugh Jackman is again in fierce, lupine form as Wolverine, the mutant with metal claws. Pushing the bounds of PG-13 intensity, Wolvie stabs his spikes into Deathstrike (the dazzling Kelly Hu), whose talons are twice the size of his. The buzz is right: X2 is bigger, badder and better than X1.

It's also half an hour longer, a mixed blessing that allows for (yikes!) character development. The two mutant camps — one led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who wants mutants and humans to co-exist, the other led by Magneto (Ian McKellen), who preaches mutant supremacy — unite against Stryker (a terrific Brian Cox), a military psycho with a genocidal rage against mutants and their special gifts.

It doesn't help the X-Men's cause when a mutant tries to kill the president in the opening scene. We hear a sound — bampf! — and there stands Nightcrawler (zesty scene-stealer Alan Cumming), a blue-skinned, yellow-eyed, fork-tailed demon who teleports past security, damn near stabs the prez and behaves unlike the gentle soul he is, a German acrobat who enjoys deep religious dish with Storm (Halle Berry, still struggling with an underwritten role). It's clear that the good guys are being mind-controlled.

Romance also trips up the X-Men. Wolverine is losing telepathic Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) to laser-eyed Cyclops (James Marsden). On the junior X team, pity poor Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). His itch for Rogue (Anna Paquin, sporting gray streaks) requires safe scratching, since a mere touch from her can floor a guy. "We love what you've done with your hair," says Magneto, lobbing the line at Rogue like a **** Cupid. Fun stuff.

Hot stuff is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique, a naked vision in blue when she's not shape-shifting to get it on with Wolvie as Jean, as Storm and as herself. Neat trick.

What's un-neat is how Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris overload the film with new Xers. Pyro (Aaron Stanford) is viably flashy, but do we need the steel guy, the screamer, the girl who passes through walls and the kid with the forked tongue? By expanding the X-Men franchise, Singer dilutes the film at hand. As for the death of one major character, it's less an organic shock than an excuse to get soppy and philosophical.

But why rip Singer for defying the rules of ass kicking. If only he defied them more. X2 is a summer firecracker. It's also a tribute to outcasts — teens, gays, minorities, even Dixie Chicks. It's not without thought or feeling, except when its mind gets bent by the gods of box office. Then it's craven and empty. Success, meet compromise.
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SpiderPlayerMay 18, 2015
The film is good, has special effect reasonable, good and interesting history, but as in the first film, from time to time he gets to be pretty boring and elsewhere it is interesting, that is it is unbalanced.
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homer4presidentMar 16, 2015
Everything does feel a bit clockwork to be honest, there aren't any major surprises really (you can see things a mile off) but none the less it does hold your attention to the end. The visuals are on the whole much smoother and glossier thanEverything does feel a bit clockwork to be honest, there aren't any major surprises really (you can see things a mile off) but none the less it does hold your attention to the end. The visuals are on the whole much smoother and glossier than the first film, the actors are really getting into their respective roles, multiple characters are handled well by Singer and the film is also a highly positive encouraging shout out for gay people, teens, underachievers, outcasts, bullied people and any minorities on the whole. Although I still don't get how that highly advanced metal detector that scanned everything on and in the human body didn't pick up all that iron in the guards bloodstream, oh well. Expand
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supermann234Dec 8, 2014
Featuring more action and better special effects than the previous film, this is probably better than the first film. The storyline is good and this is highly recommended if you are a fan of superheroes.
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TheApplegnomeOct 16, 2014
This second installment of X-Men is even greater than the first film.

It got so much more things going on at the same time. The action sequences are all incredible and highly unique as in the previous installment. The actors are superb,
This second installment of X-Men is even greater than the first film.

It got so much more things going on at the same time. The action sequences are all incredible and highly unique as in the previous installment. The actors are superb, and the story is perfect! The CGI is flawless, and combined with a great opening scene and many entreating events, is this second X-Men film greater than the first. The soundtrack is another aspect of the film that’s great, it’s much more epic. The villains and the main cast are all awesome, so there’s no doubt that this film is spectacular.

X-Men 2 get a 8.3/10
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OpinionatedGuySep 16, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Being a new fan of the X-Men film series, I had high expectations about this second installment of the series and it did not disappoint.

I liked how the movie immediately follows-up after the events of the first movie.

The plot was great from start to finish. The character development is huge in this one. We get to see more of Wolverine's past, we get to see Phoenix doing a heroic sacrifice etc. I also like the new characters to this movie especially Nightcrawler which is played by Alan Cumming, who did a good job performing this highlight character. It sucks that this is his only appearance.

I also liked how the movie still focus Magneto as a villain at the end. And of course, I am so glad that Magneto is still the antagonist because William Stryker, the main antagonist before Magneto took his place, was unlikable from the very beginning. He is the Dolores Umbridge of the X-Men series in my opinion.

The direction from Bryan Singer is also great. I think he directed better in this sequel.

One minor drawback is that while I do enjoy this movie, the previous movie is a lot more enjoyable but it's not a bad thing I guess.

Overall, this X-Men sequel is a worthy sequel. Enough said.
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boesballAug 16, 2014
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 IThis 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
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diogomendesJul 7, 2014
"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.
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oxanaMay 20, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A successful, strong sequel to the first movie.

The movie starts off lightly, but soon gains a steady momentum that keeps growing to the very end. The dialogue is smooth, the characters witty yet serious in just the right places, which creates a perfect piece of entertainment.

New characters add new spice into the story (Nightcrawler, for one, was incredibly well made), and the ending was only too promising. They couldn't have done better by actually typing: "In the next movie, we have Phoenix".

The final scene with Jean and her sacrifice, though, could have been better made. Like this, it seemed irrational that she did what she did.
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JacobMay 16, 2014
This is a pretty good sequel with a lot of the stuff I liked in the first film back in this one. The same likeable characters are still likeable and the ones that aren’t interesting are not that interesting but at least given some stuff toThis is a pretty good sequel with a lot of the stuff I liked in the first film back in this one. The same likeable characters are still likeable and the ones that aren’t interesting are not that interesting but at least given some stuff to do. There are some cool new characters this time around like Nightcrawler. So why is this film better than the first? Well the first film needed lots of time to set up the characters but since the sequel doesn’t need to do that and it can just get right to the story. **** happens in this film and it is engaging and paced well much better than the first one. The film also has the alliance of convenience cliché, which I like. There is also a lot more action this time around and while it isn’t amazing or anything it is definitely a step above what we saw in the last X-Men film. If you liked the first film you’ll probably enjoy the second one a little bit more. Expand
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OfficialMar 8, 2014
Better than its predecessor, this sequel is both more exciting and smart. The acting was solid, the action was intense, and the story and the script were good. It's also more emotionally satisfying than the first, which is one of the mainBetter than its predecessor, this sequel is both more exciting and smart. The acting was solid, the action was intense, and the story and the script were good. It's also more emotionally satisfying than the first, which is one of the main reasons why I think it's better. Expand
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TokyochuchuJan 1, 2014
X2 is an excellent X-Men movie and one of the best superhero films of all time. It moved the bar for it's genre and proved that comic book pictures could be deeper and more ambitious. Acting, plotting and directing are all on point here andX2 is an excellent X-Men movie and one of the best superhero films of all time. It moved the bar for it's genre and proved that comic book pictures could be deeper and more ambitious. Acting, plotting and directing are all on point here and the film features a handful of gobsmackingly cool moments (Magneto's prison break, Wolverine versus hot girl, Pyro's policeman smackdown). Excellent stuff from start to finish. Expand
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tattoosteveNov 27, 2013
I missed this and the third so I just got into them... just finished Wolverine. The Xmen films are some of the best action films I've ever seen. Highly highly highly highly glysglysglysglskldskl;l; recommend them!!!!!
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marcmyworksNov 13, 2013
The strongest X-Men film in the franchise history. Not only did this film redefine the superhero genre, it left the audience wanting more and more (and more)!
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RayzorMooseNov 12, 2013
X2 shows off its claws.
After a very solid prequel X2 delivers with a deeper look into its characters and hits the ground running with a great continuation of its originals plot. A very well connected story and solid dialogue.
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MamaTLFNov 2, 2013
I was stunned by the action combined with special effects in this movie the same way now as the first time i watched it when i was younger, it is amazing. The movie features some funny moments and scenes that make you feel great when youI was stunned by the action combined with special effects in this movie the same way now as the first time i watched it when i was younger, it is amazing. The movie features some funny moments and scenes that make you feel great when you experience them and clichés are hardly even noticeable but they are here and there. I recommend this movie to everyone to watch. Expand
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joao1198pedroOct 27, 2013
the first movie was to small but in the second movie bryan singer had more liberty to create the second movie and it is better than the first movie by far.
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SuperheroMoviesAug 17, 2013
With a tremendous improvement in special effects, a heightened intensity in the action, and a further increase in character depth, X2 greatly improves upon its predecessor with a screenplay that engages and explains more of itself than theWith a tremendous improvement in special effects, a heightened intensity in the action, and a further increase in character depth, X2 greatly improves upon its predecessor with a screenplay that engages and explains more of itself than the first, pushing the series in a positive direction. Expand
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ThegodfathersonJul 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.
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StevenFMay 25, 2013
There 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 wasThere 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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ScorpionMay 20, 2013
Darker and stronger, the film manages to build a frame and mounted and space for your entire cast shine, and the action scenes are actually better than its predecessor, which trona the film one of the best films of superheroes ever made.
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LaGuertaMar 2, 2013
Dark and exhilarating, X-Men returns brandishing the strong, action packed yet emotionally mature story that the original needed. However, lazy attempts at ensuring child friendliness detract from the overall quality. Fortunately, not by much.
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tomtom4468Feb 6, 2013
This is so much better than the first film. It is the perfect sequel, and it ends in the most awesome way possible. This movie will leave you wanting so much more.
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NecromusDec 6, 2012
A great sequel to the X-Men origins movie which I also liked very much. This sequel is perhaps even better than the first! Similar to the first one this is exactly what I would expect for a super-hero movie. Lots of action, great specialA great sequel to the X-Men origins movie which I also liked very much. This sequel is perhaps even better than the first! Similar to the first one this is exactly what I would expect for a super-hero movie. Lots of action, great special effects, great acting, in particular: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Xavier and Ian McKellen as Magneto are great! I have never read the comics so I don't know how it compares to those but the characters behaved how I expected from watching the cartoons as a kid and also from how my friends described them from the comics and how they looked from the comics my friends showed me. An entertaining movie, and one of the better super-hero movies I have seen. Expand
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cameronmorewoodNov 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.
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EssenceOfSugarAug 23, 2012
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 a development on the characters. This gave us some more action combined with better character development,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 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
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spadenxDec 6, 2011
Eh it was ok. About as good as the first film. Acting is average, The story is a little bit better. Overall its ok but its not as good as it could have been.
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HappymonkNov 23, 2011
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.
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grandpajoe6191Sep 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.
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MusicJJJSep 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.
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jos95Aug 27, 2011
I found this to be more engaging and exciting than the first, but overall I think this sequel is quite overrated. The acting was still good and the visual effects were much improved, but the problem was it was underplotted, the second halfI found this to be more engaging and exciting than the first, but overall I think this sequel is quite overrated. The acting was still good and the visual effects were much improved, but the problem was it was underplotted, the second half was bloated and some of the mutants really lacked screen time. I think if it was 15-20 minutes shorter, the plot would have been tighter and therefore this movie's problems wouldn't be there. Expand
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HalfwelshmanJun 17, 2011
X2 is the very definition of sequels surpassing their predecessors. Every single aspect of the film improves on the foundations laid by X-Men three years prior. The dialogue is crisp and clever, the story is tight and involving, and everyX2 is the very definition of sequels surpassing their predecessors. Every single aspect of the film improves on the foundations laid by X-Men three years prior. The dialogue is crisp and clever, the story is tight and involving, and every single character is well-developed and believable. The effects and action scenes too are vastly improved, making what we saw in the previous film look like a child's puppet show. I'd go as far as to say that the opening sequence with Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) fighting his way though the White House is among the greatest action scenes ever committed to film. The effects are not only state-of-the art, but are unlike anything seen before. The scene is truly pulse-racing and extremely creative, with John Ottman's epic score maintaining momentum and holding the whole thing together. The rest of the film is an interesting take on the road-trip movie, with the X-Men narrowly escaping an attack on their mansion base by the vengeful and xenophobic Colonel Stryker (Brian Cox) and attempting to regroup to rescue the kidnapped Professor X (Patrick Stewart). It's a long movie but never drags, the entire cast keep you invested in the story throughout, with Jackman, McKellen, Paquin and Romijn carrying over their stellar performances from the previous film and newcomers Cox and Cumming also impressing. As it's a near-perfect superhero move, which set up such a promising sequel with Singer at the helm, it is indeed tragic that said sequel turned out to be Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand Expand
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filmtrashreviewJun 8, 2011
This film stands as a 2 hour filler spot between films one and three. The point of the second movie as well as the plot and character development are completely bone dry. Even with all this said the film stands as one of the better super heroThis film stands as a 2 hour filler spot between films one and three. The point of the second movie as well as the plot and character development are completely bone dry. Even with all this said the film stands as one of the better super hero sequels of modern day. X-Men First Class it theaters 45 minutes ago. Expand
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lususgreeneMay 16, 2011
The first movie is good, but this is the best of the three. Good story, good acting and some neat special affects set this movie apart. The cast was really able to shine now that all the characters were introduced and the movie could focus onThe first movie is good, but this is the best of the three. Good story, good acting and some neat special affects set this movie apart. The cast was really able to shine now that all the characters were introduced and the movie could focus on stroy. One of my top 5 comic movies without question. Expand
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MovieLonely94Nov 7, 2010
like the first movie, its also great
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MatthewL.Mar 14, 2004
Excellent, better than the first film...
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