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: 92%

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"Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre."
‑ Paul Tatara, CNN.com
"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
"[Director Barry Sonnenfeld] establishes the premise in the wildly entertaining first 45 minutes and then glides along for the rest of the film on the strength of a poker-faced comic sensibility."
‑ Michael Ollove, Baltimore Sun
"A lean, punchy, fast paced, and extremely endearing sci-fi action comedy."
‑ , Total Film
"[A] hilarious comedy, directed with boisterous wit by Barry Sonnenfeld."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Men In Black deserves credit for supplementing its special effects with a breezy script and genuinely charismatic performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones."
‑ Stephen Thompson, AV Club
"There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"What makes this wildly imaginative setup so much fun is the contrast between the deadpan gruffness of Jones and Torn, and the spectacularly strange environment in which they work."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"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, DustinPutman.com
"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
"Men in Black, running a breezy 98 minutes, is a showpiece of laconic economy. It's quick, eccentric and deadly funny and for many young movie-goers it's likely to be a close encounter they'll want to see a second and third time."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"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
"...an affable (yet somewhat forgettable) bit of escapist entertainment."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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