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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Sonnenfeld deftly orchestrates the intricate two-part harmony, and Smith and Jones -- a powerhouse comic pair -- make it all look easy. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Summer fluff that admits to being summer fluff, but it's no better off for admitting it...Intended as lightweight comedy, but if you think about it too much, it's not so funny. show more

  • 100
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    The snappy sci-fi hoot Men in a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997] show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Sonnenfeld moves things along with alacrity and panache, serving up the exotic visuals quietly, blending in the sprightly humour efficiently, and keeping the mix at a rolling boil. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When the plot finally does click in, it slows down the trajectory a little, but not fatally. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith give uproarious comic performances as government agents ordered to keep New York's monsters in Manhattan, where they'll blend right in with the rest of the confusion. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie that "Mars Attacks!" wanted to be, but wasn't. This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Extravagant special effects notwithstanding, this is really a triumph of casting: The aplomb with which Jones plays wry straight man to Smith's street-smart wiseacre is terrifically enjoyable. show more

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