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X2: X-Men United Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    All the same, X2 and recent action adventures like it constitute a mutation in their own right: fast-paced, slow-witted movies in which the impact is the message; impersonal movies that deny any need for characterization; disjointed movies that make no apologies -- and pay no penalties -- for making no sense. Their special gift is giving little and getting a lot.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The longer the movie goes, the more its 133 minutes prove wearing. The story tries to develop a love angle between Jackman and Janssen, but it doesn't begin to take. And the finale is particularly weak.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 11 & under

Bigger and badder than No. 1, but still a blast.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents Need to Know that X2: X-Men United is the action- and violence-packed second film in the X-Men blockbuster movie franchise. The action in the fight scenes is unrelenting and, though cartoonish and rooted in comic books, features moments where the President of the United States is pinned down on his Oval Office desk by a knife-wielding mutant, police officers are burnt to a crisp, and soldiers are clawed to death by Wolverine. At other moments characters are kicked, thrown, and shot at. Teens smoke in a mall, and Wolverine is often seen with a cigar in his mouth. There's occasional profanity ("s--t," "ass," "tit," "dick," "hell") and some product placement as characters drink Dr. Pepper and Miller Genuine Draft.

  • Families can talk about how the the mutants' fight for acceptance mirrors the struggle to overcome racism and other forms of bigotry in our society. Is the metaphor effective?
  • If you saw the first X-Men movie in this series, which do you like better? How are they different?
  • How well do you think comic books translate to feature films? Which comics-based movies have made the best adaptations?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Like the comic, this film can be seen as a metaphor for those -- young people in particular -- who stand out from the pack because they're different. It stresses that it's those who are different and willing to embrace what makes them unique who bring about evolution and progress in the world.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Professor Charles Xavier always wants what is best for the "mutants" who attend his school. The X-Men are brave, devoted to their professor and school, and loyal to one another.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Cartoonish, comic book-style violence. In fight scenes, characters claw other characters to death, a mutant kills a squadron of police officers with fire, and the president of the United States gets pinned to his desk while a mutant sticks a knife inches away from his face. Characters are thrown, stabbed, punched, kicked, and tossed around.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Mystique wears a skin-tight outift that looks like a nude body covered in blue and green paint.

  • language false2

    Language: "S--t," "ass," "tit," "dick," "hell."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: When drinking soda, characters drink Dr. Pepper. When Wolverine drinks beer, he reaches for Miller Genuine. The film is also tied to vast quantities of X-Men merchandise.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Early in the film, teen characters smoke at a mall. Wolverine is often seen smoking a cigar. The President of the United States pours himself a drink of unknown alcohol, but does not act intoxicated. Wolverine asks for and drinks beer, but does not act intoxicated.