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Last Action Hero (1993)

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17

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

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46

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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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

Sep 16, 1997

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (26) | DVD (12)

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The pulse-pounding, sizzling pull of a Die Hard is absent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Really would work if it ever really let audiences in what it was trying to accomplish.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven...

March 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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]

January 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

January 11, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

awful

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 | Comment (1)
FulvueDrive-in.com

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
eFilmCritic.com

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.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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
Cinenganos

Funnier than you might expect

September 25, 2002
Trades

Arnie's ego has got too big for him...as evidenced here

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

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.
August 2, 2011
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.
May 19, 2011
ajv2688

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.
May 16, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

I thought it was extremely funny throughout, but the plot is extremely weak. However, the comedy overcomes the story by a mile.
February 15, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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    1. Sergeant Jack Slater: Don't give up your day job.
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    1. Sergeant Jack Slater: Could I speak to the drug dealer of the house, please?
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