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The Last Stand Reviews

Wesley Morris
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The weaponry is so ridiculously bountiful that the movie must be a defense against something. But it's just another lousy action movie. And for more than an hour, it's less than that.

Full Review Source: Grantland | Original Score: D-

July 26, 2013
Tom Charity
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The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.

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February 5, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 4, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Not the most iconic choice for Schwarzenegger to announce that he's back, but not one that's completely prefab, either.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) handles the action sequences effectively if not spectacularly, though The Last Stand could have dispensed with the occasional attempts at sobriety and cut straight to the chase (or chases).

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The script is a mess, built on lazy clichés, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Slapdash in its character portraits, the movie is slambang in its action scenes; it springs to life whenever it promises death.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 18, 2013
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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To call "The Last Stand" gratuitously violent is to pay the movie a compliment. It's sort of the whole point.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Dig just a shade beneath the surface, trade in the text for the subtext, and a more interesting picture emerges - a little richer, sadder, almost poignant.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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[Kim] can't disguise the fact that Schwarzenegger, playing this seen-enough sheriff, doesn't so much look world-weary as simply tired.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

January 18, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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[It] just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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It persistently tries to drag the audience down to its mindless level.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1/4

January 18, 2013
William Goss
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Proceeds to interpret classic Westerns like High Noon and Rio Bravo in the vein of proudly cartoonish violence.

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January 18, 2013
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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For sure, The Last Stand is no Terminator, but it is a fun, if predictable, action-thriller.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Last Stand" is the movie equivalent of an idiot who, to avoid scorn, starts acting like an even bigger idiot, so as to get in on the joke, too.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Sorry, big guy, but making small talk with the locals at the diner just isn't you.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 17, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
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By the end, even Schwarzenegger looks worn out. Maybe being governor wasn't such a hard job after all.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 17, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The movie isn't about eloquence, it's about giving Mr. Schwarzenegger a chance to take on new enemies that include advancing age.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 17, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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"The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger's first star vehicle in more than a decade, is not a sci-fi film, though it does travel back in time.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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"The Last Stand" may not herald a full-scale reemergence for Arnold the Action Star, but it's clearly a step in that direction.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Almost certainly, The Last Stand will not be Schwarzenegger's last. For better or for worse (and this is somewhere right in the middle), he is back.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
James Berardinelli
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The humor keeps it from becoming completely generic but there's still nothing of particular interest here.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 17, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An unpretentious, invigorating action flick that's extra-enjoyable whenever Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the screen demonstrating his flair for self-parody.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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To call this a good movie is really a stretch; it's more like 38 percent of a good movie. But it probably has just enough dumb fun and pointless violence and car chases to seem like a highly viable option for large numbers of people this weekend.

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January 17, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Arnie is, as he likes to say, "back." And he keeps lumbering onward - thrashing and bashing about in a movie with an itty-bitty dino-sized brain.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2013
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The film is cheerfully, irresistibly destructive -- an old-fashioned, Rio Bravo shoot-'em-up with the hicktown spirit of Tremors, though it isn't as good as either.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

January 17, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The hilarity is muted by the really excessive amount of violence. People don't just die in The Last Stand, they explode like blood bombs.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Last Stand" is such a false start, it could terminate Schwarzenegger's comeback before it begins.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2013
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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[It] does exactly what it should: It leaves us wanting more.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 17, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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Even by the big, loud standards of a big, loud Schwarzenegger movie, The Last Stand feels like a succession of pitches that never amount to a script.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

January 16, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Kim keeps things moving briskly and the members of the strong supporting cast don't seem to mind that they're playing flimsy types. Everyone's just here for a mindless good time.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2013
Justin Chang
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Schwarzenegger, when he's not plowing his way through reams of semi-intelligible dialogue, proves he's still capable of firing off a few rounds and pulling broken glass out of his leg.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 14, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Arnold ain't all he used to be but still has a little punch left in this just passable violent action potboiler.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 14, 2013
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