100

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
The snappy sci-fi hoot Men in Black...is a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997]
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88

San Francisco Examiner

The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Sonnenfeld moves things along with alacrity and panache, serving up the exotic visuals quietly, blending in the sprightly humour efficiently, and keeping the mix at a rolling boil.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Sonnenfeld deftly orchestrates the intricate two-part harmony, and Smith and Jones -- a powerhouse comic pair -- make it all look easy.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
When the plot finally does click in, it slows down the trajectory a little, but not fatally.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith give uproarious comic performances as government agents ordered to keep New York's monsters in Manhattan, where they'll blend right in with the rest of the confusion.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The movie that "Mars Attacks!" wanted to be, but wasn't. This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The aliens aren't particularly scary or funny, and so the joke of watching Smith and Jones crack wise in their faces wears thin.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Summer fluff that admits to being summer fluff, but it's no better off for admitting it...Intended as lightweight comedy, but if you think about it too much, it's not so funny.
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71 out of 100
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