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Last Action Hero (1993)


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 195,737



Movie Info

Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as a pumped-up Shakespearian hero while an announcer bellows, "Something is rotten in Denmark -- and +Hamlet is taking out the trash!" This gag sets the stage for the post-modernist action epic The Last Action Hero. The film concerns Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), a lonely eleven-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak New York City reality by glorying in the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Danny's friend … More

Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Shane Black , William Goldman , Zak Penn
In Theaters:
Sep 16, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Last Action Hero

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (27) | DVD (12)

There is a lot of action in Last Action Hero, but the underlying story never ever quite works.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The pulse-pounding, sizzling pull of a Die Hard is absent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Even if this intermixing of kid fantasy and adult shoot'em-up, Hollywood insider jokes and cheap Arnold puns, doesn't completely bowl you over, it's clever and intriguing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The divergent puzzle pieces do not often fit together terribly well, in spite of their potential.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014

Really would work if it ever really let audiences in what it was trying to accomplish.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, "Last Action Hero" works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies. It's an inventive valentine made timeless by audacious shamelessness and shameless audacity.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven...

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Considered a dunderheaded big-budget flop in its day, Last Action Hero looks considerably better now in its creative self-parody. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
Groucho Reviews

It makes more than its share of missteps, yet the core of this action lampoon delivers a decent portion of laughs and mischief, giving Schwarzenegger and McTiernan an occasion to make fun of themselves while raising a little hell.

Full Review… | January 11, 2010


Full Review… | December 15, 2009

Joyless, tastelss, and soulless, Last Action Hero can't decide if it's an actioner, a comedy or a spoof.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Try as I might, I can't bring myself to hate this movie

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

A loud, overproduced, chaotic and incredibly stupid action-comedy that's neither thrilling nor funny.

October 8, 2005

Yeah, it's bad ... but it's not the infernal stinkbomb we've labeled it. Heck, Ahnold himself has done worse than this!

April 3, 2005

The action film goes postmodern, with results that satisfy nobody.

February 17, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Inflated action mars below par Aw-nold.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

A good idea that is too overblown and poorly executed.

February 25, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Austin O'Brien, the child actor equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard.

Full Review… | January 4, 2004

Schwarzenegger merely goes through the familiar motions in this toothless send-up of cliched' action flicks

May 21, 2003
Movie Eye

Almost makes it, but not quite.

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Smart but complicated. Arnold needs acting lessons.

November 14, 2002

Funnier than you might expect

September 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Last Action Hero


I thought that this film could've been handled a little better than it could've with Schwarzenneggers standards, but its very entertaining. The main character does a good job as being a kid with a disfunctional life, a mom who's never hardly around, no dad and the closest father figure being a theater custodian played by Robert Prosky, and has been skipping school, and the idea of being sucked into a film, I thought was a very interesting concept, I know the concept has been done before, like with Bugs Bunny going into Elmer Fudd's dreams, or Timmy Turner getting into different books interacting with the characters (I Just realized this is in cartoons a lot,) but a kid getting sucked into an action movie is pretty interesting. And as a Schwarzennegger action comedy, it was done very well, also I like the film how it makes fun of all the different action movie cliches at the time, the puns, the explosions, the car chases, the slow-mo, the celebrity cameos, its just crazy, and the fact that a magical ticket can give you the power to travel into different films and out into the real world, its pretty cool, and when the villain gets a hold of the ticket, it becomes very interesting. Overall out of all the 90s action Schwarzennegger movies, its not the best, but as a comedy and an action movie its very well constructed and put together.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A somewhat cheesy kids movie, but it's very funny. I really liked Schwarzenegger in this movie, he's very cool. I enjoyed this movie, it's good.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

I really don't understand why this movie gets so much flack, it's really a great idea and fun critique of Hollywood movies. Maybe it was too ahead of its time and maybe it still is, but I enjoyed it a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger was extremely brave and humble to joke about himself and the movies he tends to be in, just a testament to someone who appreciates all they have. All the cameos and film references are some great touches and I love the cheesy over the top sequences and dialogue. I think the overall message is good; while Hollywood isn't an accurate representation of the world, it's still an important part of our culture and a way for us to see life as we wish it was.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


I thought it was extremely funny throughout, but the plot is extremely weak. However, the comedy overcomes the story by a mile.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Last Action Hero Quotes

Sergeant Jack Slater:
To be or not to be.....Not to be
– Submitted by Timofey P (9 months ago)
Sergeant Jack Slater:
Don't give up your day job.
– Submitted by Wesley W (17 months ago)
Sergeant Jack Slater:
Could I speak to the drug dealer of the house, please?
– Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)

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