Men in Black 3

When a feared alien that Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) locked up 40 years ago escapes and kills him, Agent J (Will Smith) goes back into time to 1962 to warn the young Agent K (Josh Brolin).

Director

Barry Sonnenfeld

54

Writer/s Lowell Cunningham, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, Michael Soccio
Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson
Genre Comedy
Run Time 106 minutes
Release Date May 24, 2012
Rating Rated M - mild coarse language and violence
Critic AvatarMark Naglazas
The West Australian

Men in Black was no masterpiece but it was a perfect pop-culture cocktail - one part Ghostbusters, one part The X Files, a dash of the retro hipster attitude of The Blues Brothers and just a splash of the old hardboiled detective series Dragnet.

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Critic's Score

50

   
 
Critic AvatarLouise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Replete with all the weird and wonderful alien creatures for which the films are renowned, the film uses everything in its arsenal (including 3D) to not only maximise on its unique concept and reality as it pings our funnybone and socks us in the eye with bizarre eye candy, but there's a substantive emotional hit as it pierces the heart.

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Critic's Score

NS

   
 
Critic AvatarSImon Miraudo
Quickflix

The original movie, based on Lowell Cunningham’s comic book series of the same name, felt truly new and exciting. The buddy-cop dynamic between Smith and Jones was electric, and the creepy-crawly creature effects were tangible and grotesque. One and a half decades later, and we seem to have taken a step backwards.

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Critic's Score

50

   
 
Critic AvatarLuke Buckmaster
Crikey

To inject some energy into a franchise that ran out of gas a decade ago, dribbling whatever it had left onto the asphalt of asinine ancillary-reaping mega fare in the woebegone Men in Black 2 (2002), Men in Black 3 — the sequel nobody asked for, wanted or expected — arrives as an unofficial Back to the Future hybrid.

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Critic's Score

50

   
 
Critic Avatar The (Pod)Casting Couch

The (Pod) Casting Couch reviews 'Men in Black 3' and talks their Feature Four Movie Time Travel Moments.

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Critic's Score

47

   
 
Critic AvatarAndy Buckle
Film Emporium

While Men in Black 3 is not a strong enough film to justify a cinema trip in 3D, a faithful Men in Black fan should find nothing to disappoint here. For those unfamiliar or unacquainted with the characters, there is very little here to warrant using this film as an introduction.

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Critic's Score

50

   
 
Critic AvatarThomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

All the elements are there for this to be a great science-fiction/comedy, but it never truly engages. Annoyingly it continues the gag that all slightly unusual or creative people are actually aliens, which hints at an underlying conservatism.

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Critic's Score

60

   
 
Critic AvatarAndrew L Urban
Urban Cinefile

The big punch to this is in the ending, which will have you close to tears - and which is the film's emotional payoff. It's a 'thank you' to the audience who have allowed the filmmakers to take them on an incredible (yet we believe it) journey back in time to 1969. Where else, given that Sonnenfeld was 16 that year, gorging himself on the peace & love revolution.

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Critic's Score

NS

   
 
FilmInkAnthony O'Connor
FilmInk

It’s not a sequel that needed to be made, but thanks to the charm of its leads and a tone that harks back to the wit and humour of the original, it’s a pretty enjoyable trip.

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Critic's Score

75

   
 
Critic AvatarMarc Fennell
Triple J

It's the first part that sucks. The plot wanders around like a drunk on a Sunday morning, I've seen less product placement on the home shopping network, and Will Smith has this look on his face that says 'why wasn't I Samuel L. Jackson in The Avengers?' But it all builds to a nice big emotional ending.

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Critic's Score

70

   
 
Critic AvatarTom Clift
Reviews by Tom

This third installment doesn’t do anything notable enough to justify the franchise’s revival, critically lacking in ambition, originality and narrative direction.

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Critic's Score

60

   
 
Critic AvatarCam Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

The declining quality of the sequels plus the canyon of time between production of each film makes the first ‘Men in Black’ look like a one hit wonder. The ‘Men in Black’ used to protect us from the scum of the universe but now they’re the scum of the cinema-verse.

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Critic's Score

30

   
 
Critic AvatarShannon Harvey
Radio 6PR

I was amused and mildly entertained, in that relaxed kind of way, but never blown away or challenged by MIB3. The action is more on the mild side than the wild side, the comedy and one-liners just don’t stick, and the aliens are just OK rather than hilarious or creative.

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Critic's Score

50

   
 

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