Men in Black (1997) - Action, Adventure, Comedy

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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 27 out of 322 found boring (8.38%)

One-line Reviews (167)

I'm sorry, but that little loose end costs this otherwise enjoyable movie 2 points on my scorecard.

It's smart and snappy.

Sure, there may be some fairly dull parts of "MIB", but for the most part, it's a strong film of its genre, and very enjoyable for many of those who like modern action blockbusters.

empty at the end.

Waste of time.

Will Smith even considered it his worst movie he's ever done.

One of the most entertaining films you can see.

After the horribly cheesy "Independence Day" of the previous year, it was great to see the actor that saved that movie from being completely unwatchable - Will Smith - get a chance to save the planet in a quality film.

I laughed hard, and I definitely enjoyed it.

And there's a real chemistry between the two perfectly cast principals, the smooth Tommy Lee Jones and entertaining Will Smith.

Boring and hollow, this sci fi comedy was somehow a massive hit, (nothing to do with bored Kids on their summer holidays of course!!

Lesser directors/producers would probably have been tempted to add pointless additional action sequences that didn't serve the story, just to pad it out to the expected blockbuster length of two hours plus.

I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was.

This movie is funny, entertaining, and well worth watching.

Isolated it didn't bother me, watching it them together, it's a bit tiresome.

The most attractive and fascinating aspect is the phenomenal palette and variety of extra-terrestrials you are navigating among.

If you ask me, MEN IN BLACK is an adrenaline pumping sci-fi ride that'll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Other than that, there is very little I would change as this remains a highly enjoyable sci-fi comedy that isn't afraid of laughing at itself although it laughs too hard at times.


Like in tradition of other partners like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the LETHAL WEAPON series, Jones and Smith have different personalities, and the sparring between them are worth watching.

A basic plot is stretched far too thinly where many segments, including the entire second act, felt like it was going nowhere.

The special effects are great, the storyline is fascinating, the jokes are great, and the cast is perfect!

Enjoyable Extraterrestrial Experience.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and it didn't affect my viewing experiences.

This has to be one of the worst movies ever.

slick and boring.

If you're looking for a moderately entertaining, mega-budgeted, "Far Side" farce that vapor locks just shy of "Ghostbusters," "Men in Black" is your ticket.

An enjoyable movie which teams two great actors (Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith) together in a movie of laughs, action and special effects.

Time is taken introducing all the main characters; J's introduction is particularly entertaining as he starts off as an NYPD cop before getting recruited to the MiB… the recruitment test is great.

To summarize briefly, this movie is a fun entertaining action movie with the plot of the M.

Will Smith ( Fresh off the success of ID4) stars in " Men in Black", a stunning and hilarious Sci-fi Comedy that defintely one of the best Sci-fi movies of the year 1997 with " The Fifth Element" and " Starship Troopers", it's also one of the years best movies.

A Very Amusing and Entertaining Movie .

It's funny, fast paced, full of action and cool nods to older science fiction romps from the 50's!

However, if one feels that the story disappoints or just doesn't understand it, then the film is always entertaining just as a great popcorn flick.

I can guarantee that there will no spoilers in these comments, for there is no story to spoil.

Boring, stupid and overrated.

Coupled with a weird and wonderful selection of aliens characters makes for compelling viewing.

Speaking of entertaining, the humor and wit managed to genuinely make me laugh - especially with the experienced comedy-chops of Smith and his improvised quips throughout the film.

It's one of those rare movies that's THICK enough that I can keep peeling layers back and finding something entertaining underneath.

It's fascinating how Elfman was able to make an orchestra sound like crickets and hornets buzzing and chirping.

A good combination of comedy, drama and sci-fi with effective special effects made this movie very entertaining and thus, a big hit.

No easy matter, since Smith is a rookie on the job, stumbling onto it by accident after his stunning chase scene wherein he has a brief encounter with a thing he recognizes has super capabilities.

If you enjoy science-fiction but are not particularly into watching a serious film, then this film is enjoyable.

I was one of the 'lucky' ones to go and see the film, and I enjoyed it on a superficial level.

The broad,techno-slapstick stuff runs so empty,at least it reminded me to go get my free refill of pop up at the snack counter.

While the story is simple, it's certainly effective and highly entertaining right the way through, not to mention properly funny at points.

This film had original and interesting moments that were neither predictable nor rehashed.

Despite movies like these being PG-13, they expect a lot of kids under 13 to watch these movies as they're definitely entertaining for younger audiences.

Overall, I enjoyed it.

we all nodded in agreement, it's not that MIB was bad it was just very very average, the story was long and drawn out with boring parts, on the other hand the few good parts were very good, Will Smith's dialog was snappy but Tommy Lee Jones was very dull.

Entertaining performances in energetic Sci-Fi adventure .

Great stunt work too, particularly by Keith Campbell in a stunning shot filmed on the roof of the Guggenheim Museum.

MIB may not be the block buster it was hyped as, but it is an enjoyable movie worth watching a couple of times.

The script keeps you engaged with an entertaining story and various FX sequences through out.

With visual effects pretty spellbound for the time, "Men in Black" is fun and entertaining throughout.

I am very upset that most people take this movie too seriously This movie is just a nice comedy with a very intriguing subject.

Waste Of Time .

Entertaining and imaginative conspiracy-lovers fantasy .

The film carries a good plot and is entertaining from the opening scene; which sets the tone of the film nicely, and makes you yearn for some more.

Smith is extremely enjoyable as the New Guy, employed to help save Earth from aliens, all in a day's work.

I also really liked Rip Torn as the head of the MIB, he just has quite a bit of charisma for the role and it is enjoyable to see.

The story is simple yet very rich & entertaining (although it also received a lot of bad press from some quarters because it was seen as racist - an allegory for repatriating illegal immigrants from the US!

Most comedies these days I have found boring and when it comes down to sci-fi alien cover-up movies, I tend to like them realistic (such as the X-files) – and this is why I approached Men in Black with intense scepticism.

It was much better than I thought it would be, in fact, it was very funny and exciting.

Now, in conclusion, I highly recommend this adrenaline pumping sci-fi ride that'll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish to any Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones fan who hasn't seen it.

Sly humour, gentle pathos, sight gags slightly off centre screen, and the unusual and exciting sexiness of Linda Fiorentino make it a winner the second time around.

It's entertaining for kids to see good verses evil, or saving the Earth from aliens.

Slick, polished and very entertaining - 76% .

If you care to look past the rather ridiculous plot (only occasionally), this is hugely enjoyable.

A real turkey and waste of time.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones make a great team and put everything into it to make it a proper entertaining movie.

It's exciting, engaging and a cool universe that we want to see more of, with this being a brief(and well-paced) peek at roughly 90 minutes.

When in the future everyone is bored by Star Wars, Men in Black will still exhilarate mankind.

The academy evidently likes pretentious arty stuff that is soon forgotten.

Just remember, reality is often times more weirder that science fiction – Men In Black inclines viewers to side with the conspiracy version of history in a most entertaining way.

The lack-luster premise, the dull performances, the poor sfx, the misfired jokes (BLANKMAN at least made me laugh at one point, this movie did not) and the unusual directing style meld together to make a big pile of c**p.

Some of the gags are great, others a tad predictable.

The special effects and the alien beings are hugely entertaining.

The sequel, in my opinion, being the worst movie ever made it's only natural for me to come back and review the first one.

Although, I generally do not favor the "thriller" style genre (which this has some elements of also), the special effects were pretty good and the comedy and chemistry between this dynamic duo makes it worth watching.

The end result of this film may not be a top rated success with the critics, but it's enjoyable, fun and a roller-coaster ride of a film.

This makes for an enjoyable movie that knows exactly how seriously to take itself.

Director Barry Sonnelfeld is a talented filmmaker and has crafted a fun, highly entertaining film.

Men in Black has aged very well, and is still an enjoyable sci-fi action comedy.

An enjoyable Sci-Fi romp that is over all too soon .

All in all, one of the most entertaining Sci-Fi films to come along in quite a while.

The movie is very enjoyable with its concepts, unique gadgets, and goofy humor.

Fairly entertaining sci fi comedy .

I saw the second one, and the 3rd one I saw part of but fell asleep.

it leaves you feeling empty, as if something is missing.

''Men in Black'' is a great comedy and sci fi movie, that is not only part of my favorite movies of all times, but also very inspiring and entertaining.

After all, I quickly forget, that the giant bug alien somehow, fit with Edgar's body, because how entertaining, this is.

This was a waste of money I spent at the theatre!

The special effects ride is nonstop entertainment all the way to a comically thrilling conclusion.

It's just one of those movies that you can analyse until the cows come home but in the end it's just a very enjoyable experience.

Its captivating, hilarious and action packed.

At any rate, Smith and Jones play off each other well and Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino and Vincent D'Onofrio are all entertaining in supporting roles.

I found this movie to be very highly enjoyable and very well worth the time spent watching it.

It combined fast paced Orchestrations with synth and beautiful guitar solos.

The dialogue is related to the humor which makes the dialogue engaging and funny.

This is a movie that makes "Trite" work, exceptionally well.

Men In Black is a lively, fast-moving event film that takes great care not to drown the engaging human players under its layers of (often witty) out-of-this-world effects.

He is likable in his naiveté and his efforts to help the people affected by the outer-space stuff, and the odd couple dynamic between him and K(Tommy Lee Jones, awesome and enjoyable as the old grump who's blasé about what they experience) is great, as are the various other character aspects.

DIALOGUE Know the reason why people like this movie so much is cause of the engaging dialogue.

It, like Goldeneye though is the kind of movie I wouldn't see to often as I would get bored.

If you love parodies, smart, fast-moving ones like Ghostbusters, you'll love Men in Black.

Worst movie of the 90's .

The car speeding upside down in a tunnel is both adrenaline-inducing and humorous, and it's not the only part like that.

Yawn, wake me up.

I knew it was a comedy, though, and enjoyed it.

The CGI and makeup (by Rick Baker) is somewhat less sophisticated than what could be created now but, anchored by a good story, is more than sufficient to bring to life this entertaining and imaginative fantasy for conspiracy-lovers, UFOlogists, and anyone who likes their comedy delivered with tongue-in-cheek.

Good FX, some funny parts, silly, entertaining comic book action, all in 90 minutes!

And talk about a thrilling job: monitoring aliens who visit or live on Earth, and controlling their movements inside and outside the planet.

Now, if you mix a cool plot, charming lead actors, and spectacular f/x well you get a really entertaining flick that will be pure candy for your eyes.

Its captivating, hilarious and action packed .

Thrilling CGI by ILM.

), it was reasonably enjoyable.

However, the rhythm slows down a little because such a film still needs a villain who can only lead to more formulaic situation.

Nevertheless, it was entertaining.

With Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith leading the way, this proved to be a rather entertaining movie about a secret alien society.

Will Smith's character 'J' - though entertaining - felt shallow as a written character.

Adrenaline pumping sci-fi ride that'll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish .

Quality beginning to an entertaining franchise .

This film is exactly why i want to make films, because its fun and if your end piece is 'enjoyable crap' rather than 'boring brilliance'; who gives a monkeys chuff anyway.

It presents some creative aliens, plenty of amusing and exciting situations, and a variety of one-liners that makes you believe that the James Bond series has miraculously not been able to pound this precious screenwriting trick into ridiculous oblivion.

It is however quite an enjoyable way to spend ninety minutes, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones make a good pairing and the special effects are great.

Overall, it's a very entertaining family-friendly watch, and has gotten me excited to watch the sequels.

Now that I've talked about the Power Rangers, I ought to mention that the show it was based on called Zyuranger in Japan is a better show, and more worth watching than Power Rangers.

This is an empty film.

This is primarily a comedy, as well as a fun sci-fi action adventure with some very unexpected situations and outcomes.

The later EVOLUTION was better in creating humor and this movie was better in creating elaborate and exciting action sequences.

This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue.

He has developed one of the most rigid iconographies in Hollywood, but still manages to take on a wide variety of roles in more serious movies like The Fugitive and entertaining comedies like Men In Black with equal effectiveness.

Overall the film is was quite enjoyable for its pure entertainment factors, with just enough suspense to hold an audience's attention.

A real disappointment and a waste of time.

Men in Black is the definition of a summer blockbuster, it's funny, action packed, had the great actors and a very catchy song that is now stuck in my head thanks to this review.

So, if you're up for an entertaining funny movie with action.

Snappy dialogue and a cool story kept this film rocking right along.

'Men in Black' is energy pumping sci-fi journey that'll keep you on the edge of your seat from begin to end.

The story moves at a very quick pace and it really works and makes this film such a fun enjoyable film.

This movie is explosive, fast paced, thoughtful, humorous, original, and even at times wise.

It is extremely entertaining and worth watching.

If you want to watch a movie I consider better and more entertaining, is a movie I feel is way underrated called Earth To Echo.

But as it is, we have on our hands a very enjoyable comedy that just gets better and better with age.

While I have never cared much for Barry Sonnenfeld's body of work, his fast paced cinematography works hand in hand with this movie, moving the viewer along at a pace which keeps them interested all throughout.

(Kudos to Rick Baker by the way, for his stunning creations.

In fact, all the acting performances fit their roles, and contribute to the experience Sonnenfeld wants you to leave the theater with.

Again, he plays the perfect straight man to wacky, on the edge and unorthodox Jay.

Superb special effects, very noisy soundtrack, excellent acting, a couple of cute lines and sight gags, no story at all.

There was absolutely no plot; even "Twister" had a deeper story line.

This is all handled in such good spirits here that it becomes an infectious, silly romp that is immensely entertaining and a lot of fun.

A cute parody however, of one of paranormal's most intriguing characters.

A moderately entertaining, mega-budgeted, Far Side style, Sci-Fi Farce .

One of the worst movies ever.

One of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks around.

The action was cool and the ending when Will Smith was battling the big cockroach was very intense and very cool.

Great Special effects, good actors, but flimsy plot and predictable ending.

The contrast between Jones' deadpan delivery and Smith's energetic and hyper performance is what makes it all the more entertaining.

Surprisingly enjoyable .

But in the end I would say it was an enjoyable experience.

Had some stupid stuff but still entertaining overall (about 5 viewings)

Enjoyable, too short, funny.

Funny and adventurous, Men in Black is worth the watch if you are looking for a good comedy or action.

Highly entertaining and funny sci-fi/comedy .

Its secret conspiracy elements are compelling in activity going on that are beyond our imagination.

Whichever way you look at it, 'Men in Black' is a ridiculously entertaining ride of action and all kinds of comedy, and I highly recommend it.

All i have to say is don't watch this movie, even if you feel bored.