X2: X-Men United
X2: X-Men United (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 2, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

There's little zest, less grace and, particularly in the writing, no creative spark to ignite the imagination.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Director Bryan Singer skilfully keeps multiple subplots spinning while moving inexorably towards a climax that puts the first film's Liberty Island sequence in the shade.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

X2's excessively complicated and character-crammed plot, which only a teen boy could care about enough to follow closely, has a nasty human bigwig (Brian Cox) fomenting a war against the mutants.

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David Germain
Associated Press

Performances are solid throughout, with the actors managing to straight-face their way through some truly inane dialogue.

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Todd McCarthy

Bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.

Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

X2 is an interesting fantasy, always aware of its need to remain that way. Considering today's Hollywood, that may be its most amazing power of all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
It's easy to forget that in the so-called dark ages before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed, comic book film franchises were not always planned out in… More
Phil Hubbs
So Toad and Sabretooth are dead and buried then it seems, guess they weren't that popular huh. Not surprising seeing as they were the worse characters from… More
Josh Lewis
The best X-Men movie to date, X-2 set the bar for comic book movies when it was released and featured an improved blend of science fiction and political… More
Nikhil Nandu
More super heroes. More action. More ambitious. More fun.
Edward Boxler
X2: X-Men United not only improves on its predecessor in every way, it creates a stunning universe populated with incredible characters. Everything I loved… More
KJ Proulx
This movie triumphs as a great superhero film! Definately the best of this young franchise. There is absolutely no room for improvement. Just keep the pace the… More