X2: X-Men United
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When a failed assassination attempt occurs on the President's (Cotter Smith) life by the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), it's Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his School for Gifted Youngsters who are targeted for the crime. While Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) try and locate the assassin, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Xavier (also known as 'Professor X') seek answers from their old foe Magneto (Ian McKellan) in his glass cell...Little do they know they're walking into a trap set by the villainous William Stryker (Brian Cox), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The emotional spectrum has widened, too, encompassing buoyant mirth and heroic tragedy."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Bigger and badder than No. 1, but still a blast."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"For this brief shining moment, the "X-Men" universe held perfect pitch, and funny book movies had a new standard of execution to live up to."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Modamag.com
"It takes a true cinema talent to turn the daunting and rather unwieldy 40 years of material into a coherent yet complex, smart yet incredibly fun entertainment that satisfies both the fanboys and newbie moviegoers alike."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The plotting seems dangerously self-interested, being concerned almost exclusively with the survival of the mutants themselves, and, behind the succulent effects, the tone is oddly hectoring."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Very smart, if way too long."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"'X' hits the spot."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"A truly superior sequel to the original..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"X2 feels very much like a step on the way to something else; but if you can forgive it that, and its occasional hastiness, it's well worth going to see."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Suffice to say that I was steadily engrossed and entertained and ultimately moved by a drama that is, in the end, more human than mutant."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"This has set the standard very high for this Summer and it will be interesting to see what, if any films, can match its calibre."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"The higher aspirations sometimes weigh the action down, creating a story that is interesting but not always engaging, lacking the exuberance that could have made it truly exciting."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Singer and his screenwriters know the value of a surprise and they deliver their share without dipping into the absurd. The result is a movie that surpasses expectations, a superhero flick that can rightfully take its place alongside the best."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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