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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
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. 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: 91 out of 102
  2. Negative: 3 out of 102
  1. MatthewL.
    Mar 14, 2004
    Excellent, better than the first film...
  2. Dec 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 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
  3. Nov 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!!!!! Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2010
    like the first movie, its also great
  5. Nov 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)! Expand
  6. Mar 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 main reasons why I think it's better. Expand
  7. JerkGuy
    Oct 1, 2007

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