Men in Black
Men in Black (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 23, 1997
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.

Paul Tatara
CNN.com

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Men in Black is moderately amusing, well-constructed and mercifully short, but it fails to deliver on the zaniness of its first half.

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Michael Ollove
Baltimore Sun

[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.

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Stephen Thompson
AV Club

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick.

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Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
J: You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good. "Protecting The Earth From The Scum Of The Universe" I've seen bits and… More
Samuel Riley
What makes this film stand out, aside from its superb effects, humor and script, is the contrast between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. While Jones is the… More
Eugene Bernabe
The film's sci-fi presentation, clever story and leading duo (Jones & Smith) provides for a surge of entertainment that exceeds anyone's… More
Mike S
Clever, exciting, imaginative and funny, <i>Men in Black</i> is everything you want a sci-fi comedy to be. Yet, those words fail to encompass my… More
Chris Weber
Ace cinematographer turned director Barry Sonnenfeld is known for having a cartoonish style and darkly humorous sensibilities, and these qualities served him… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Men in Black, a film that's very original, tries to be cool and quirky, and… More

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