Small Soldiers (1998)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 23
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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 122,587
Director Joe Dante and his producer, Steven Spielberg, are reunited for a darkly comic, and ultimately weak knockoff of their magical 1984 creation, "Gremlins."
Jul 10, 1998 Wide
Dec 1, 1998
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...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.
Fortunately, it's possible to ignore the morals entirely and simply enjoy the filmmakers' skill at creating carefully contained mayhem in a microcosm.
Works as an adventure film and another fine Joe Dante creature feature...
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.
The animation is excellent, and the voice cast alone is worth the price of admission...
G.I. Joe goes ballistic in Dante's smart, witty hybrid of Toy Story and his own Gremlins.
Think Gremlins and Toy Story -- but aim lower -- and you've got the idea.
Stan Winston's miniature and CGI effects are wonderful, but they can't conceal an obviously weak script in what is unfortunately a footnote to Dante's better work.
A charmless and often mean-spirited 'kids' movie' that no kid under eight should be taken to see.
The fantasy violence is fast and furious (dolls exploding, people cut and shot) however isn't depicted in a gory or graphic nature.
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- 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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