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X2: X-Men United

X2: X-Men United

2003
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 14m
Mutants continue to struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. With the fates of mankind - and mutantkind - in their hands, the X-Men Face their most dangerous mission ever. (20th Century Fox)
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X2: X-Men United

2003
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 14m
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Rated 17 Jun 2016
92
84th
An improvement over the original in almost every way - better script, better action, better character development, bigger scope. Unfortunately, the ending wrote a check that the third movie just couldn't cash.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
80
70th
The best of the X-men movies, filled with exciting action and great special effects, but also a human touch that has been lacking from so many comic book movies.
Rated 28 Nov 2021
89
80th
This is a great example of making a cool movie by mixing source material with fanboy cinematic influences. It wonderfully uses the bigotry explored in the God Loves Man Kills graphic novel with some nice discussions that are metaphors on homophobia. And it executes everything using The Empire Strikes Back's subplots of divided heroes facing an oppressive threat and unearthing dark secrets. But it's fun, too! Especially the intense school attack and gnarly Wolverine fight. Highly underrated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
85th
Fantastically done superhero movie. The action sequences are breathtaking, but most of the characters (and there are a lot of them) are treated with depth and care. In particular, Nightcrawler, Pyro, and especially Magneto stand out as great, memorable, and believable characters. The social allegory is also well done, not nearly as heavy handed as it could have been. Overall, a very engaging and exciting film.
Rated 07 Feb 2023
60
34th
I wonder what Bryan Singers mutant power is he says leaving Bryan Singer's trailer forgetting everything about the last 20 minutes
Rated 20 Aug 2008
100
99th
Though the film should impress even those who never saw the comic, fans know what a miracle of condensation Singer& the writers have pulled off here. Outdoes the 1st film which was no slouch in terms of drawing many pieces together organically either. It's 30+ years of mythos 2 draw from & this brings alot of the best stuff in2 play in clever, unpredictable ways. 20 minutes of this film packs more story, characters & inspired writing than most 2 hour films do & not 1 second of it feels force
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
94th
Improving upon the first was no simple task, but it was pulled off. X2 is a powerhouse sequel, and it really packs a punch. The action, of course, is excellent, but more importantly, the character development really worked. It's a surprisingly deep film for how simple one might expect it to be. Don't overlook it as a simple comic adaptation. Awesome!
Rated 19 Sep 2011
90
63rd
Another good add to the franchise, X2: The X-Men United is carried with it's awesome characters, who are developed well, a good sense of humor that's thrown in there, and just overall good directing and great writing, making this sequel an improvement upon it's predecessor and one of the best Marvel movies to date.
Rated 22 Aug 2011
57
59th
The excellent job done by some actors (Stewart, McKellan, HUGH JACKMAN!) developing their characters and the mind game based plotlines helps make this the best film in the series. Definitely entertaining.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
85
73rd
X2 is better than the original movie and is one of the better action movies of the decade. That being said, however, it lacks a lot of the personal engagement the best action movies should have--even if they're really not all that deep to begin with. X2 is the kind of movie that superhero films should aim to be with its intense situations and great special effects.
Rated 27 Jun 2007
95
94th
The pinnacle of comic-book films. Singer's vision of the X-Men universe is amazing in scope, and brilliant in detail.
Rated 30 May 2011
80
62nd
I love the focus Brian Singer brings to the characters. I love Ian McKellen as Magneto and Hugh Jackman was born to play Wolverine and he was at the top of his game in this one. This was the X men movie that knew less was more when it came to the character of Wolverine.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
89
87th
One of the few truly great comic book films. Bryan Singer manages to juggle a huge number of characters without ever losing sight of the heart of the film. Hugh Jackman is still great as Logan, and there are equally strong performances from Alan Cumming, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.
Rated 20 Jan 2010
80
84th
X-men 2 probably had the best opening action sequence out of any comic book movie. It also perfectly adapted the personalities and excitement of the Chris Claremont run of Uncanny X-men. The acting seemed much more solid this time around with the cast comfortable in their roles. Patrick Stewart was BORN to play Professor X, ditto for Ian McKellen as Magneto. Bryan Singer did a fantastic job and the only flaw is that Rogue felt very understated as a character. Very underrated superhero film.
Rated 31 Oct 2008
100
71st
I LOVE THIS FILM FROM MY CHILDHOOD
Rated 04 Jun 2014
80
86th
Awesome. Wolverine is bad-ass, the Nightcrawler opening a blast and, generally, this has everything popcorn entertainment should aspire to match. Arguably one of the very best superhero movies based on comic book characters.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
40
54th
An incredibly underrated superhero film and definitely the highpoint of the X-Men films. The racism/homophobia metaphor is executed gracefully (and even humorously at some points). Ian McKellan gives a great performance, truly encompassing the role of Magneto. It feels bizarre to even say that, but he gives great depth to a previously shallow character.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
71st
I am passingly familure with the comic, and a fan of Stan Lee's approach to life. This movie is pretty good in my book.
Rated 25 Feb 2009
84
83rd
Free of the constant exposition required to build-up a cast of characters this size, this sequel greatly improves on the first by being able to cut to the chase quicker and set up a quality story. While the film introduces a fair number of new mutants, it doesn't get tedious like #3. The action and story allow Wolverine to let loose, Berserker-style, which is glorious, and Cox makes a great villain. It's a shame Singer didn't stay on to guide the franchise. It needs his storytelling desperately.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
A great sequel that surpasses the entertaining film that came before it on every level. Cyclops is underused, but the effects and action scenes are wicked entertaining. And Ian McKellan is badass - Magneto's "you have too much iron in your blood" moment might just be my favorite onscreen kill of 2003.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
67th
X2 delivers on action, memorable fighting, colorful characters, glorious special effects, and dastardly good villainy. In short, it delivers everything you could want in a comic book action flick
Rated 26 Mar 2022
84
70th
I can't wait for X3: X-West Ham
Rated 10 Jul 2012
86
81st
Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2 is bigger and better than its predecessor - and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.
Rated 03 Dec 2009
85
79th
Somehow better than the first.
Rated 26 Feb 2008
86
56th
Great film.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
90
98th
Clearly the best X-Men movie and one of the best comic adaptions.
Rated 06 Jun 2011
75
84th
X2 isn't a perfect sequel, but it's still a very good film. It gives us more of what we liked from the first X-Men, while fixing up a couple of the problems that it had. It brings a minor problems of its own, like not keeping powers consistent and skimping out on a couple of the characters, but overall it's still very entertaining. If you watched the first film, and wanted to see more, this is very close to the ideal film for you.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
97
91st
Such an excellent superhero film.
Rated 30 Jun 2007
95
89th
One of the best sequels ever produced, and certainly one of the best superhero movies ever made. There's nary a moment here that doesn't work on some level. And the transposing of the concept's usual creed on racism to apply to homophobia gives it an extra level of interest.
Rated 22 Aug 2009
83
65th
This is my favorite comic book film of all time, so far. It is as if the actors needed one film under their belt to get the feel of the characters. The story and acting are well done.
Rated 01 Feb 2008
3
61st
Not half bad, even if I don't really care about Marvel Comic characters.
Rated 28 Apr 2020
89
76th
It stays true to the characters, and elevates each of the key players into a focused and driven narrative that has many moving pieces. Again the cast is beyond amazing adding depth and layers to a complicated story about people who are seeking acceptance within this world. At its core X-Men is a very relatable superhero story.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
81
86th
Fantastic comic book adventure, from the awesome opening scene all the way through the satisfying end. The plot is engaging, and the script more than solid enough to get the job done. There are some very good performances, and more importantly some damn fine action.
Rated 05 May 2014
75
79th
Does everything required of a blockbuster sequel - expands and improves the ideas of the original while delivering more punch. It's never going to be a classic of cinema, but it delivers the goods.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
The best of the Xmen movies, it still falls frustratingly short of the franchise's potential.
Rated 24 Apr 2009
90
88th
"Big-budget, crowd-pleasing, multiplex material that doesn't insult your intelligence is a rare commodity these days, so I have no problem at all encouraging you to drop eight bucks on this one."
Rated 18 Aug 2009
89
63rd
Brilliant action/adventure movie for the comic fan. Based on the excellent X-men series, it brings out the weaknesses along with the strengths of each character. Mindblowing special effects do not lead you away from the storyline, but rather reminds us of the powers that rest in each individual, which some may consider as a curse, while others a blessing. The storyline is racy with the appropriate bits of gear-shifts to help catch our breath.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
One of my favorite comic-to-film movies yet.
Rated 20 Nov 2019
90
95th
Top badass moment? Too Much Iron in the Body. Wasn't that by 2 Live Crew? Captain Picard sends Wolf on a mission to check out a dam for Romulans, or something, but he fails to notice anything at all, except that it’s snowing. Weirdly, the next time he goes there he magically knows his way around an entire underground complex. Fortunately when things get tough, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen save everyone by acting properly and comparing knighthoods. 1 cat, no chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 14 Apr 2011
85
93rd
The perfect X-Men film, X2 finds the subtle line between the various voices of the X-Men without ever choosing a definitive one to follow. No one has answers, everyone's confused, but the mutants work together to fight a common evil that everyone can relate against. The outstanding ensemble cast of the first film returns for the sequel with fabulous performances from newcomers Alan Cumming and Brian Cox .
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
66th
More action this time, and left with a great suspense
Rated 11 Dec 2008
92
84th
An avid comic book and X-men fan, this is by far the best of the trilogy. B. Singer was able to do with this film what he wanted to with the first one. Most importantly letting the characters be as strong for the film as the action. To think of how much they could have done wrong with my beloved X-men franchise...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
94th
Great Storyline, Good cast, Good acting, Constant action. Top of the line SF adventure!
Rated 20 Jan 2008
87
90th
One of the best comic-book movies. A huge step from the first 'X-Men', Bryan Singer brings the action to a new level. X2 is one major high-energy assault.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
73rd
X-Men kick ass in the best comic book movie to date.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
66th
Far better than the first, it delivers both on action and character.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
90
98th
One of the best superhero films that enhances the original film further. AN action film that makes you think.
Rated 23 Mar 2008
93
82nd
Speaking as someone who does not read comic books at all, this is one of the best superhero movies ever made. Way better than any of the Spider-Man films.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
55
56th
Good lord this is boring. At least Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is the best comic book movie casting ever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
92nd
A flippin' awesome sequel to X-Men, that is everything an X-Men movie should be. The action scenes are amazing, especially the fight scene between Wolverine and Lady Death Strike. Plus Storm's tornado scene is a personal favorite.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
87th
A great comic book adaptation.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
75th
X-men manages to fit well on the big screen.
Rated 12 Jun 2009
69
69th
One of the better comic-book adaptations.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
47th
Immensely entertaining and the one film that has convinced me of Bryan Singer's director talents. The action scenes are unrivaled.
Rated 04 Mar 2017
88
92nd
X2 is one of the handful of superhero sequels that surpasses its original by building on top of the first film adding depth to the characters and world. Often remembered as the Wolverine centric movie with so much emphasis being his own amnesia and relationship to the antagonist the fantastically cast Brain Cox. However the film does a wonderful job handling so many characters' arcs and motivations while maintaining the plot and core social allegory. Best of the Bryan Singer X-men films
Rated 17 Apr 2009
90
94th
One of the best comic-based movies
Rated 20 Oct 2007
99
88th
The best of the three X Men films is as close to a perfect comic book big screen treatment as may be possible. Also as close as a comic book story can probably get to being a genuine adult action drama, there is absolutely nothing juvenile about this thinly disguised commentary on social alienation, bigotry & profiling. An excellent addition to this installment (& conspicuously absent from the final installment) is Alan Cumming as the Nightcrawler.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
55th
This is a good series, and this is a good sequal. Sadly I haven't seen X3 yet. Good popcorn munching film. I liked it a little better than the first one.
Rated 26 Jan 2013
79
57th
Somewhat cheesy and overlong, but it's still an entertaining take on the X-men universe. Not as good at blending the personal and political thematic aspects as the other films but it does a decent job.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
41st
Not as fun as the first movie, too much Halle Berry, and not enough emphasis on characters like Cyclops (he IS the leader, after all). It ends up feeling unbalanced, especially when everything just sort of runs together towards the end. Plus, although the storyline they chose for the sequel (God Loves, Man Kills) was interesting, blockbuster movies like this are better served with a new and interesting villain, and the X-Men have many. Instead, we get the government. Snore.
Rated 07 Apr 2012
56
31st
This movie does what the first movie couldn't, which is to add in even more mutants and make you care about the whole group even less.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
95
97th
I would love this movie even if I didn't have an overwhelming crush on Hugh Jackman (yes, even as Wolverine). Sequels can sometimes surpass the originals and this is definitely a prime example. Tons of action, a truly evil villain (played by Brian Cox, who pops up everywhere) and an interesting backstory make for a far better flick than the original X-Men movie.
Rated 01 Jan 2017
72
42nd
Sequel unfortunately drops the ball when attempting the delicate juggling act of its characters that Part 1 pulled off so effortlessly. Subtleties of character relationships and development are all but absent here; while the movie is wall-to-wall action, it occasionally becomes too hectic for its own good, especially when desperately attempting to keep all of the large cast in play. Performers are fine, but seem overwhelmed by the noise and action; "newcomers" Cox and Cumming are both excellent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
92nd
Comic book depiction in its finest.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
45
8th
Just not my cup of tea. Well done though.
Rated 14 Feb 2009
80
47th
okay but not memorable, kind of whatever
Rated 11 Feb 2007
78
68th
Better than the first. It's not great but still an enjoyable action movie.
Rated 16 Oct 2013
72
45th
Surprisingly entertaining, some bad casting, but worth a watch. Far better than some of the other Marvel movie crap I've seen. Could have been made even better by better more inspired casting choices. Jackman as Wolverine just doesn't do it for me, lacks the necessary gruffness. Brian Cox as Stryker another who really doesn't work for some reason, Cumming as Nightcrawler again uninspired. Enjoyed this though.
Rated 05 Mar 2015
80
75th
This is actually one of my favorite comic book movies, in large part because Ian McKellen gets the chance to take front and center - in a Hannibal Lecter-esque fashion, even, at times. Quite entertaining.
Rated 21 Feb 2016
10
49th
Star Rating: ★★★
Rated 03 Apr 2007
90
90th
Good stuff. Nice to see everybody bustin' out the powers, and bustin' heads to boot.
Rated 24 Apr 2008
78
64th
A superhero film with a little something for everyone.
Rated 04 Aug 2007
82
66th
Nice film. Stays entertaining in the first few viewings. Good action stuff.
Rated 07 Sep 2011
36
30th
Revisited (2)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
60th
Solid super-hero movie that loses points for piss-poor fight choreography.
Rated 28 Oct 2023
90
64th
When I watched this the first time, I would have said it was better than the first movie. Watching again years later, I'm not sure I can still make that claim. There are some epic moments in the movie, but there are also moments that are just not great. Like when Magneto and Mystique are in the corner of the jet giggling like little kids about Rogue's white hair streak. It just came off as really juvenile and not much like the characters at all. It's still good, but I think the first is better.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
78
60th
best of the 3
Rated 14 Dec 2009
75
13th
The necessary, throw away middle movie in the trilogy, but still fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
Better than the first. Rivals Blade for best action openings.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
64th
Great action, and very good adaptation from the comics.
Rated 21 Nov 2016
78
59th
good follow up
Rated 14 Aug 2007
32
26th
Not even Patrick Stewart can make me like these X-Men films.
Rated 12 Nov 2017
86
72nd
BACK-FILLING A WHOLE JOB-LOT OF FILMS I'VE SEEN BUT NOT FOR A LONG, LONG TIME So, my recollection/scoring may be 20-30% off point. I would be not at all offended, grateful in fact, if anyone wants to drop me a cordial note if they think memory has dulled a gem or given a rosy tint to a bit of a clunker. IE. Tell me why I am wrong and what U think I should've scored it. I love film chat/debate. Horribly miscast (cos it was beneath Crowe!) - HJ steals show as Logan & lived in gym 4 next 17yr
Rated 27 Jun 2009
50
34th
Overall Enjoyment: 20/40, Plot/Themes: 10/20, Cinematography/Direction: 10/20, Acting/Writing: 10/20
Rated 04 Sep 2009
71
60th
Cox is great as the general, full of self-righteousness and silky menace, properly denying his character the small moments of sympathy allowed to McKellan's Magneto. The story is better than in the original, even though it jams as much, if not more exposition into the plot and lingers too long on the teen romance between Rogue and Iceman.
Rated 03 Mar 2008
90
64th
Also quite good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
Good...although I did enjoy the comics better....
Rated 20 Jul 2008
84
68th
The best in the series by a margin.
Rated 29 Aug 2007
66
62nd
Could be worse.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
51st
It's getting better...
Rated 14 Oct 2008
95
96th
This one improves on the previous movie with a very well constructed story and plenty of action.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
85
88th
Good sequel. X-Men is a hard criticism to the prejudice and racism of our society.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
28th
Not great, not bad. Nice characters, a plot that gets a little jumbled, some really strange character twists that dont seem to make sense. Still, fun popcorn movie.
Rated 04 Dec 2010
89
49th
ahhh not bad
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
88th
Best Marvel Comic Movie Ever
Rated 01 Mar 2012
65
42nd
This franchise is the classic example of stupid bad guys. I think its crap that Magneto doesn't just rip Hugh Jackman into a hundred lousy pieces. I know he's all 'pro-mutant', but shit for somebody with pretty lax morals you think the ends would justify the means in that case. Also Halle Berry is way overrated in acting ability and hotness. I'd laugh if she fell down some stairs.
Rated 26 May 2009
91
81st
A good action movie. Definitely a filler to connect 1 to 3 but interesting and who doesn't love watching Hugh Jackman and James Marsden?
Rated 23 Apr 2009
65
64th
lmao @ that poster
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
81st
The second film is somewhat lighter than the first, as Singer seems to be having more fun with it. Nightcrawler is a very interesting addition to the cast. It's worth noting that Anna Paquin had entirely abandoned her attempts at a Southern accent by this point... probably for the best. If the first movie was a little slow, this one almost goes too far in the opposite direction, including a "climax" that lasts for about 40 minutes. Exhilirating, yes, but also a bit tiring.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
91
76th
X2 is the best in the X Men series

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