Men in Black
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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Great special effects, inventive alien designs and Smith and Jones's hip, hilarious double act make director Barry Sonnenfeld's Lethal Weapon-style buddy picture a fast-paced pleasure."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Offensively bad? No. But it's never been anything more than a promising wasted opportunity."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Men in Black is moderately amusing, well-constructed and mercifully short, but it fails to deliver on the zaniness of its first half."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Every time the film makes you chuckle, you may also feel it's zapped you with a neuralizer."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The plot, trifling as it is, doesn't much matter. What makes the movie such a hoot are the clever gags, imaginative special effects, and the snappy byplay between the well-matched Jones and Smith."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
" affable (yet somewhat forgettable) bit of escapist entertainment."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"What is it about the black suit/black tie/white shirt get-up in movies?"
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"This spaced-out comedy may not be bliss, but it sure is fun."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"[A] hilarious comedy, directed with boisterous wit by Barry Sonnenfeld."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
""Men in Black" still holds up after 15 years. It's as fun, funky, and edgy now as it was in 1997, and HD breathes even more life into it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"What [it] lacks in depth, it makes up for with an infectious childlike enthusiasm for its zany premise."
‑ Jason Zingale,
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