88

Premiere

By 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.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By 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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from ''X-Men.''
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By 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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's scenic, confidently directed and performed, dutiful, faithful, revelatory, informative, and largely involving. Rarely, however, is it any fun.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A substantial improvement over "X-Men," in many ways, especially in visual and specialeffects departments.
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63

USA Today

By 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.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
All the same, X2 and recent action adventures like it constitute a mutation in their own right: fast-paced, slow-witted movies in which the impact is the message; impersonal movies that deny any need for characterization; disjointed movies that make no apologies -- and pay no penalties -- for making no sense. Their special gift is giving little and getting a lot.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is overplotted, a soulless maze of special effects and relentless action.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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