May 2nd, 2003

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The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.6/10 (168,461 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

Several months have passed since The X-Men defeated Magneto and imprisoned him in a seemingly impregnable plastic chamber. One day, a mutant by the name of Nightcrawler infiltrates the White House and attempts to assassinate the president, setting off a chain reaction of anti-mutant measures by the government. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to discover his past. As scientist named William Stryker discovers Professor X's secret school and Cerebro, Magneto's partner, Mystique, is planning to break her leader out of prison. But when Professor X's school is attacked by Stryker's forces, Logan, Rogue, Iceman and a few are lucky to escape. Those who remain meet in Boston, where they form an uneasy alliance with Magneto to stop Stryker and rescue Professor X.

Writers: Zak Penn, David Hayter

Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Ian McKellen - Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Raven Darkholme / Mystique (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Brian Cox - William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Bruce Davison - Senator Kelly
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce / Pyro
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake / Iceman
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike
Katie Stuart - Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat

Taglines: Evolution Continues.


Official Website: Marvel [United States] |

Release Date: 2 May 2003

Filming Locations: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $85,558,731 (USA) (4 May 2003) (3741 Screens)

Gross: $214,948,780 (USA) (21 September 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Hugh Jackman was given a nutritionist to get in shape for his role as Wolverine and gained 20 pounds.

Revealing mistakes: When Wolverine is in Cerebro, he puts his cigar out in his palm, and afterward, the healing process is shown... However, there are no ashes to be seen once the wound heals.

[first lines]
Professor X: [voiceover] Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute.

User Review

why all the underrating?


A lot has been said about this movie, as is the case with many recent Hollywood comics adaptations. While I truly respect everyone's opinion, I really don't see the point in some criticisms brought up against this movie.

(Definitely NO spoilers ahead.)

First of all, we must realize that X-men comics have been around for decades. They existed before many of you were born. Still, the producers had to assume that the average audience had little or no idea about the mutant phenomenon, but Bryan singer did a very good job (as always) in the first film, and introduced the audience. Besides, adapting such a story with so many characters to the screen is no easy job, and is also risky, considering it's Hollywood and it must return all those millions. So the mutant phenomenon was well explained, the characters and their abilities introduced, and the plot (which actually had a story, unlike many action flicks) was carried out smoothly. All in the running time of one film. good job.

The second film, however, had to concentrate (naturally) on more characters and a more thorough story. This is why I object (in the title) to people criticising this film for "lack of character development" etc. Many of the characters WERE developed in the first film. If you never read x-men comics, and did not even see the first movie, and see this one right away and still expect the director/writer to spell things out for you, well, you'll be disappointed. "Where did Colossus take the kids during the attack?" someone asked. To hide them somewhere, THAT'S where he took them. I don't think people would like to see the director spell out everything, such as Colossus' inner voice saying, "Well, let me take these kids somewhere beneath this multimillion dollar facility, to hide them from the bad guys."

And the newly-introduced characters were introduced well enough. You see their abilities, you see whose side they're on, you even learn more about their personalities as the movie progresses. What else do you need to learn? Which team he supports?

The highlight of the film was definitely Mystique's transformation scenes, very well done.

The movie had many shortcomings, of course, the pace slowed down more than once, some main characters, especially Cyclops, were almost lost, but the plusses were way more than minuses. Especially Nightcrawler, who almost stole the lead from Wolverine. I must also add that Wolverine is much more violent in this film than the first, much more like the original comic character.

As for the people who complain about the abundance of characters. Well, bad news for you. X-men is not a story of a couple of guys and their girlfriends. There are much more characters, hopefully to be seen in the next sequel(s). Jubilee, Pyro and Colossus were all hinted in this one. Though I'm eager to see Gambit also, I can't wait to see how they will do the Beast. Of course, I can see the "no character development" people asking each other, "Who is Beast?"

In short, this movie does what it's supposed to do: Gives us entertainment, and shows us our favorite characters on screen.

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