men in black international react Men in Black: International critic roundup
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Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson saved the world in Thor: Ragnarok and the universe in Avengers: Endgame, but when it comes to rescuing the Men in Black franchise that’s plagued with forgettable sequels, not even the mighty Thor and Valkyrie can win this fight.

Releasing on the big screen on June 14, Men in Black: International stars the two MCU co-stars as our new generation Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. With a strong supporting cast including Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Rebecca Ferguson, the MIB sequel (no one really asked for) looked promising on paper, but failed in execution to most critics, unfortunately.

As review embargo’s lifted today, MIB: International already sits at an underwhelming 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and continues to decline. Is it time to bust out the neuralizer, yet again? Find a full round-up of what the major film critics are saying about Men in Black: International below.

Thompson and Hemsworth are not as likable as Smith and Jones…

“The Smith and Lee Jones here are Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, but it turns out those patent leather shoes are hard to fill. The actors would both make very nice AirBnB hosts, but you can’t hang an action comedy on dreamy smiles.”

Johnny Oleksinks, New York Post

Worse than the original trilogy…

“Men in Black: International aims to erase any memory that you’ve seen all this before, but only leaves you with the hazy sense of deja vu, and the lingering conviction that the last time was a whole lot better.”

Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“International is better than Men in Black II and worse than Men in Black III, and they’re all bad, so erase this sentence from your memory.”

Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

“Wanna know what the difference is between the 1997 sci-fi comedy blockbuster and Men in Black: International? It doesn’t even orbit the same galaxy as good.”

Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly

It’s simply a bland film…

“This sequel-slash-spinoff comes across as a lifeless piece of content, bearing a brand name and a glossy look but little else to remember it by.”

David Sims, The Atlantic

“MiB: International tries to invoke the original, but fails to match its key achievements: it isn’t funny or exciting.”

Joe Skrebels, IGN

“The film’s finale is both overly protracted and lacking in emotion.”

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“This is not to say that Men in Black: International is awful. It’s not, not even close. The film is mildly diverting, occasionally engaging, certifiably workmanlike and altogether too flat an experience to inspire any strong feelings, positive or negative.”

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Gray does a respectable job (as he always does), but there’s not a ton of style or personality livening up MiB: International. It’s functional, but perfunctory.”

Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“The movie itself, a weightless, unmemorable summer distraction, offers its own curious meta-variation on the joke.”

Justin Chang
Words by Kyle Hodge
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