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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-Men Face their most dangerous mission ever. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 80
    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...Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good.
  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. Mr. Singer and his collaborators grasp that comic books, for all their obligatory fights and explosions, are at bottom about their brave, troubled, impossibly muscled characters.
  6. A substantial improvement over "X-Men," in many ways, especially in visual and specialeffects departments.
  7. The movie is overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 104
  2. Negative: 3 out of 104
  1. MatthewL.
    Mar 14, 2004
    10
    Excellent, better than the first film...
  2. Feb 6, 2013
    10
    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. Expand
  3. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    X2 surpasses the first movie in every imaginable way. The special effects are magnificent, the actors
    are fantastic including some new actors
    and the plot is more intriguing, A+. 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. 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 characters are still likable. Expand
  6. May 16, 2014
    7
    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 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
  7. JerkGuy
    Oct 1, 2007
    2
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