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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 229
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 98

Director Brett Ratner has replaced the heart and emotion (and character development) of the previous X-Men films with more action and explosions. The film should still provide ample entertainment, but viewers may truly wish this to be the Last Stand.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 23

Director Brett Ratner has replaced the heart and emotion (and character development) of the previous X-Men films with more action and explosions. The film should still provide ample entertainment, but viewers may truly wish this to be the Last Stand.



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The explosive X-Men motion picture trilogy officially draws to a close with this release that finds Rush Hour director Brett Ratner stepping in for Bryan Singer to tell the tale of a newly discovered mutant "cure," and the polarizing effect it has on mutant/man relations. With the pressure on mutants to give up their powers and pledge alliance with the human race reaching a critical turning point, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) urges tolerance and understanding as his nemesis Magneto

Oct 3, 2006


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Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (2)
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[I] found myself strangely moved by the sense of relationships, friendly and unfriendly, coming to an end in a dull return to normality in the world of humans and mutants.

June 7, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.

May 30, 2006
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The Last Stand is a hugely ambitious picture, and it would have been far more successful if Ratner had scaled it down to focus more on the interaction between the characters.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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[Director] Ratner makes a hash of the story and characters his predecessor brought to such complex, sympathetic life, delivering a pumped-up exercise in mayhem, carnage and blunt-force trauma.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's kinda lame. There's slightly more to it than that, but basically, that's what X-Men: The Last Stand boils down to.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:


July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

It's the first halfway decent summer movie so far.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

Nothing really feels at stake other than box-office opening-weekend numbers

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Though it's not the best installment of the series, with many, many present flaws, it sure is a very entertaining film...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Yes, Ratner's music-video attention span and inability to linger on a shot ... blunts the impact of some of [the] big emotional moments. Nonetheless, he liked Singer's films as much as you did, and he hasn't tried to fix what ain't broke.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

X-Men: The Last Stand is far from perfect, but it does manage to move in the direction of a crowd-pleasing thrill ride without completely lobotomizing itself.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

As usual, character development is dashed off in quick sketches while mutant powers are shown in all the lavish detail that $200 million worth of computers can generate; the thrill may dissipate over time, but it's great fun while it lasts.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film exists solely to give the Comic Book Guys of the world a chance to see all their favorite action figures, life size and in full form.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

There's a lot going on in this film %u2013- too much, really...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

It has no passion, no connection to where we are now, and in a series whose stories have heretofore spoken dark truths about American intolerance, that matters.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

The results are less than x-citing.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It may be just another superhero movie (or several of them, all frantically playing out at the same time), but it delivers everything you could want from the genre several times over.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

A surefire kiddie crowd-pleaser, given the teeny-bop penchant for over-stimulating computer game warfare.

May 20, 2007 Full Review Source:

A good if undistinguished capper to the trilogy.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The action is non stop and the special effects jaw dropping, with a scene involving San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge an incredible highlight

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Ratner has met with much skepticism from fans afraid that he would botch the franchise. He actually makes this an enjoyable summer blockbuster that generally lives up to the predecessors.

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (5)
Christianity Today

Disposable entertainment that passes the time with flickering images of flashy camera cuts and explosions before disappearing from memory before the popcorn is digested...

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Audience Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

Not the best film in the series by any means, in fact its proof that it is close to impossible to make a perfect X-Men film due to the large amount characters and story-lines that fans hold dear to this material. It does deliver some thrilling action scenes and some great moments with the characters but would not of been a worthy conclusion at all
April 8, 2014

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The character development which was key to the other two's success was lost in the midst of this anti-climactic explosion. Goes against comic books, kills off wrong characters (although Fox did supervise it.) A let down to any fan of the original. I very much want to forget this movie ever happened. Thankfully the series will backtrack now. Hopefully the series can save it self at its origins.
August 7, 2013
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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To be honest there are none of the X-men movies I like, except for Last Stand, especially since this is the one X-men film that everyone seems to hate which I don't understand. I mean yes it does have a more action oriented director under the name of Brett Ratner (Tower heist, Red Dragon, Horrible Bosses,) But he did a good job at making this an extremely entertaining superhero film unlike the first two and the other films following. While the film does majorly prefer an action focus much more than a story focus and I know many X-men fans were pissed about that, I really didn't mind that, and I feel for the grand finale on the main trilogy of films (even if it hints twice at a sequel that never happened.) I like the inclusion of some of the other superheroes like Colossus, Archangel, and Jubilee (Even if they aren't really used to their full potential) and the inclusion of Juggernaut was just hilarious. And the film also did have some balls I think to kill off such a big characters such as Xavier *supposedly.* And while I don't remember much of the plot outside of the protection of a boy and a gene that can turn mutants into normal humans and the good guys are using it to fight the bad guys and Jean Grey comes back from the dead somehow, I don't really get a lot of it that much but all I really cared about in the end was how the film was all going to end and I think it came out with a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, especially with the fantastic mutant battle. Again, while it is definitely stupid, I'd say give it a try and give it a chance unlike every X-men fanboy that bashes it.
February 9, 2013
michael e.
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Brett Ratner's climax to the X-Men trilogy is an insult to it's intellectual and passionate predecessors that are among the best comic book hero films of all time. Anyone who is a genuine fan of the X-Men movies should understand there are so many things wrong with this dumb, dull and heartless explosion fest. Firstly "the plot" so to speak, is incomprehensible and deeply flawed and apart from picking up on our heroes mission to protect a mutant cure nothing in it makes sense. Secondly, the political subtext and the debates and interpretations of discrimination discussed in the first two art house masterpieces are appaulingly replaced with loads of unnecessary violence and annoyingly loud explosions galore. There's also a lot of painfully cheesy dialogue and minus the developed characters Bryan Singer brought to the original and X2. If you watch this lackluster you aren't being a true X-Men fan, your giving hack directors like Brett Ratner money for ruining something you truly love and care about. It's intolerable, it's boring, it's got no character interaction and nothing ever actually adds up to anything. However, the most rotten and unforgivable thing about this film is how anticlimatic and depressingly heartless it acts when it comes to the demutantisation of Mystique and the tragic death of Scott and Charles Xavier. The producers and screenwriters obviously had no care for the fans whatsoever because it seems to me like they knew nothing about X-Men making it and what it actually means to some people.
May 7, 2012
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    1. Jean Grey/Phoenix: Logan, you're making me blush...
    2. Logan/Wolverine: You're reading my thoughts?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (14 months ago)
    1. Cain Marko / Juggernaut: Don't you know who I am. I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
    – Submitted by Noah B (16 months ago)
    1. Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: In chess, the pawns go first.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (16 months ago)
    1. Professor Charles Xavier: Since the dawn of existence, there have always been moments when the course of history shifted. Such a turning point is upon us now: the conflict between the better and worst angels of our very nature, whose outcome will change our world so greatly there will be no going back. I do not know if victory is possible. I only know that great sacrifice will be required. And because the fate of many will depend on a few, we must make the last stand.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (18 months ago)
    1. Bobby Drake / Iceman: It's not what I wanted.
    2. Marie/Rogue: No. It's what I wanted.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (19 months ago)
    1. John Allerdyce / Pyro: You should have gone back to school.
    2. Bobby Drake / Iceman: You should have stayed.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (19 months ago)
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