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X2: X-Men United

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Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker in this sequel to the Marvel Comics-based blockbuster X-Men. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses Magneto and Mystique to unhinge Stryker's scheme to exterminate all mutants.

Actors: Alan Cumming , Brian Cox , Rebecca Romijn , Anna Paquin , James Marsden , Famke Janssen , Halle Berry , Ian McKellen , Hugh Jackman , Patrick Stewart
Directors: Bryan Singer
Country: CANADA , USA
Release: 2003-05-02
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A follow-up with as much artistic integrity, complexity, humor and well-designed action as the original.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • 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.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    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.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • William Arnold

    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.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from ''X-Men.''

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    About twice as good as the original...bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.

    Variety Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Funny, reasonably crazy, and unpretentiously faithful to its source.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion, it's the kind of superhero movie we want if we have to have superhero movies at all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Perhaps in the next generation a mutant will appear named Scribbler, who can write a better screenplay for them.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    As irresistible as movie-theater popcorn - a lavish, reasonably intelligent, well-acted sequel with kick-butt effects that outdoes its predecessor, 2000's "X-Men," in almost every department.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A sleek, rousing contraption, a comic-book movie with a sense of playfulness, a welcome streak of humor and just the right touch of gravity.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Visually, X2 is a sight to behold, with impressive special effects and a dynamic sense of place.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    This movie lets the characters and tropes borrowed from the original Stan Lee comic live and breathe.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As in the first movie, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are trotted out periodically to add a little gravitas.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Wants to contain multitudes -- high ideals and high tech, the poignant and the silly. Doing so, it becomes a lexicon of modern filmmaking. It could be its own creature: Super-Generico. That's not the worst thing for a movie to be, but it's not quite Marvel-ous either.

    Time Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    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. Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    The combat visuals that follow are as powerful as those of any war film.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    An engaging spectacle of energy and special effects built around a doomy mood and an ensemble cast vigorously pursuing a story line that isn't nearly as snazzy as the dressing.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's scenic, confidently directed and performed, dutiful, faithful, revelatory, informative, and largely involving. Rarely, however, is it any fun.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    There's a continuing delicacy to [Singer's] direction that gives the audience room to breathe and reason to linger. This may not be a grownup movie but -- unlike the Star Wars franchise or the Batman sequels -- it is a movie that grownups can watch minus the requisite bottle of Excedrin.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    A substantial improvement over "X-Men," in many ways, especially in visual and specialeffects departments.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing. The story tries to develop a love angle between Jackman and Janssen, but it doesn't begin to take. And the finale is particularly weak.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The best new addition to the corp is Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Singer's approach to X2 is very much of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" school, resulting in a movie that, even at its best -- a thrilling jailbreak scene that's the closest thing in either X movie to a rousing set piece -- seems tame and unmemorable.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jim Agnew

    What the movie needs more than anything is a script. The story is very disappointing and near the end, things start to get weirder and weirder.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest. Good Lord, what an epic sit. My rear end deserves a medal...I wish I could say it wasn't so, but for most of us, this "X" marks a splat.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie is overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    There are simply too many characters to get a handle on, and the sheer proliferation of special effects offers Singer a license so unfettered that most of the mutants act not according to their natures but purely on the ground of what, at that juncture, looks most groovy. [12 May 2003, p. 82]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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