MEN IN BLACK 3: What Are The Critics Saying So Far?

It's not out until next Friday, but we already have a number of early reviews for Men in Black 3. Hit the jump to take a look at what the verdict on the third instalment in the franchise is thus far.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/17/2012

Still can't decide whether or not you want to see Men in Black 3 next week? Well, you may want to hold off on making a decision until the rest of the reviews start coming in, but we do have a handful for you to check out here after the threequel was screened in the UK earlier this week. While one or two aren't that favourable, the general consensus so far seems to be that it's a film well worth checking out. Have a read of the excerpts below and be sure to click on the various links for the full-length versions.

Men in Black 3 avoids the threequel curse of the likes of Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand and instead ends up being the best film in the Men in Black franchise. Fantastic fun which will leave you wanting more.

****


Source: ComicBookMovie.com [Josh Wilding]



The feted Apollo 11 mission to the moon provides a suitably earthmoving backdrop for the grand finale and the moment is given added weight because Sonnenfeld has taken the time to build on the agents' friendship. Of course, it stops short of profound, but this is a funny, exciting, spectacular and surprisingly poignant thrill-ride - definitely worth two of your Earth hours.

****


Source: Digital Spy



Thankfully there’s just enough zest in certain scenes (a sequence at Andy Warhol’s Factory is excellent) to make the possibility of a MIB4 (perhaps with Brolin coming to the future to team with Smith and Jones) relatively palatable. In about 20 years’ time, obviously. Despite some good moments, Agents J, O and K are missing an E.

**


Source: Empire Online



The story, despite all the aliens (including Gaga and Bieber in cameo roles), takes on a ghostly, dreamy, vibe, at times somewhere between Harry Potter and The Time Traveller’s Wife. Will Smith switches effortlessly between adventure – his knee-jerking time leap making the 3D specs worthwhile – humour, when he nicks a car before being accosted by a pair of bigoted 1969 cops – and sentimentality as he uncovers the motivations and moods of the curmudgeonly K. Just as Agent J discovers when he’s tottering around on top of the Chrysler building ready to risk his life for his partner, it’s all about perfecting the balance.

****


Source: The Huffington Post



It’s too bad. Men in Black is one of those great Hollywood movies that should have spawned a great series. Instead it sits alongside the likes of RoboCop, The Matrix and Ghostbusters as a series where we look back and go, "Well, the first one sure was awesome."

5/10


Source: IGN



he franchise has never been one for high concept storytelling, going straight for the visual every time, and this instalment is no different. You could happily watch it without seeing the previous instalments but those who have will enjoy the invented back-story between the two beloved leads. It’s a testament to Josh Brolin’s uncanny impression of a younger, less jaded K that means we feel like we’ve had our J and K fix, despite Jones only appearing for 15 minutes. Whilst MIB III wraps up the series neatly, there’s talk of a fourth already and you can’t help but feel the joke is wearing a little thin.

***


Source: SciFiNow



It’s neither a disaster, nor a roaring success. Not as good as Men In Black, but superior in almost every way to the risible sequel. Few things in life are worth waiting a decade for, and this isn’t one of them, but after witnessing so many big-screen sci-fi comebacks go so hideously wrong in recent years, Men In Black 3 emerges as something of a triumph.

***


Source: SFX

STARRING:

Will Smith as Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K
Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
Rip Torn as Chief Zed
Emma Thompson as Agent O
Alice Eve as Young Agent O
Nicole Scherzinger as Lilly
Bill Hader as Andy Warhol

RELEASE DATE: May 25th, 2012.


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Knightrider - 5/17/2012, 2:26 PM
Seems mixed but saying that seems to be mostly in the average to good range apart the odd 1 or 2
OdinsBeard - 5/17/2012, 2:29 PM
well im glad its not getting totally trashed. live me some will smith
pyrodude93 - 5/17/2012, 2:29 PM
It's looking like a definite judge for yourself type of movie.
(not that I care what critics say)

I'll still check it out !
JustDame - 5/17/2012, 2:31 PM
I'm a fan of the previous two. I'll show up.
antonio - 5/17/2012, 2:41 PM
I'm going for the Skyfall trailer.
DanteSparda - 5/17/2012, 2:45 PM
Mmmm I was going to check this out but I better go watch The Avengers a third time.
MarsivNayr - 5/17/2012, 2:47 PM
Skyfall Trailer comes out Monday
MOVIELORD101 - 5/17/2012, 2:53 PM
IGN's full of shit.
pro346 - 5/17/2012, 3:12 PM
I dont care what critics say! Not a huge mib fan but I might check this out.
Julesimanerd - 5/17/2012, 3:17 PM
I'll still watch it!
AvengeCoulson - 5/17/2012, 3:18 PM
im thinking strike 3 your out
Mrcool210 - 5/17/2012, 3:20 PM
im still not sure
batfan175 - 5/17/2012, 3:32 PM
a mixed bag...as was to expect from a film called MIB 3.
maito - 5/17/2012, 3:33 PM
yeahhh...Avengers again.
GiantNerd0720 - 5/17/2012, 3:33 PM
[frick] big Will. The dude is cringe worthy. I'll see it for Tommy Lee Jones and Brolin, but not in the theater.
BooYah - 5/17/2012, 3:35 PM
@Nomis- lol that was pretty clever.

I might watch this movie if I have the extra cash.
JonasWepeel - 5/17/2012, 3:53 PM
Guess I'll just stay the Fresh Prince of Avengers.

.......

>crickets<

I am so sorry for that.
CyberBishop - 5/17/2012, 3:59 PM
Mixed reviews.. Screw them I'll make my own determination when I see it.
BackwardGalaxy - 5/17/2012, 4:27 PM
Ghostbusters 2 was an excellent movie.
beane2099 - 5/17/2012, 4:40 PM
I liked Robocop 2. Not anything after it, but I liked 2. "Nuke. WHERE is it MAAADE?" C'mon!
shadyginzo - 5/17/2012, 4:42 PM
agree with backwardgalaxy! the only thing wrong with ghostbusters 2 (and the matrix sequels for that matter) is the first film!

I've always maintained that Matril 2&3 would be solid 7/8 out of 10 films if examined objectively, but that's what happens when you make a sequel to a 5* movie. nobody's gonna go and invent a 6th star!
SamHell - 5/17/2012, 5:35 PM
Likin the J.O.K.E. reference done there by Empire
Equivocal - 5/17/2012, 10:39 PM
I just saw The Avengers for the third time, and the first time in 3D, which by the way look very VERY good and I catch a trailer of Spidey in 3D and it looked better than I thought, I'm more excited about spidey now !!!

ooops !
wrong tread !!!

MIB 3 ?

maybe, who knows....
Shaman - 5/18/2012, 5:11 AM
No movie they will ever come up with will ever top the animated series of MIB. It's quite simply a concept that fits animation better than live action. I say get a good CGI studio to make a feature and stop making live action mediocre films.

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