Conclusion: X2 is a great sequel to a stellar film. While it is well-paced, congruous with the style and themes of the first, and builds upon the lore of the franchise, it doesn't quite match the level of excellence of the first, but it doesn't miss the mark by all that much, either.
Conclusion: For my money, 'X2: X-Men United' is the best of the 'X-Men' bunch. The series was really firing on all cylinders here, with an engaging storyline, just the right balance of characters and villains, and terrific production values and pacing. It's great pop entertainment.
Excerpt: My midnight showing of X2 (a must for X-Men faithful) has left me sleep deprived, slovenly dressed, and supremely satisfied. So satisfied that when my head finally did reach a pillow at three a.m., I found myself laying awake thinking about ways to see it all over again.