Small Soldiers (1998)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 23
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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 107,886
Joe Dante directed this satirical action-comedy about talking tech toys accidentally juiced-up with military microchips. After the defense industry firm Globotech takes over a small toy company, Heartland Play Systems' CEO Gil Mars (Denis Leary) gives the green light to develop a new line of action figures, requesting an upgrade to more realistic figures from Heartland toy designers Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) and fumbling Irwin Wayfair (David Cross). Mars wants toys that act like the ones in TV
Jul 10, 1998 Wide
Dec 1, 1998
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Tommy Lee Jones
Maj. Chip Hazard
Insaniac / Freakenstein
Sarah Michelle Gellar
...this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.
Though it starts promisingly, the picture ends as a standoff between the affection Dante and company bring to the project and its increasingly frenetic and tiresome emphasis on what special effects can make its little people do.
As with many films in which special effects are the real stars, the technology here commands more respect and interest than the material otherwise warrants.
I can't think of a Hollywood entertainment I've enjoyed as much all year, and both audiences I saw the movie with seemed delighted as well.
An infomercial with the schmaltz that passes for emotion in family-aimed films.
Typical of Dante's films, Small Soldiers is an unbroken string of pop culture in-jokes.
It looks like the movie was edited down from a much meaner version, to our loss.
Audience Reviews for Small Soldiers
- Maj. Chip Hazard: It's a small world after all.
- Insaniac / Freakenstein: Hey Alan what do you think? Boxers or briefs? Hahaha!
- Alan Abernathy: Get those off your head...
- Insaniac / Freakenstein: Haha but seriously!.....Actually I'm allergic to plaid.
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