X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)



Critic Consensus: X-Men: The Last Stand provides plenty of mutant action for fans of the franchise, even if it does so at the expense of its predecessors' deeper character moments.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2006
Box Office: $234.2M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (49)

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

The CGI is indeed magical. But watching this, I thought maybe we've seen too much magic. Maybe what we really need, even in summer action movies, isn't to see magic, but to feel emotion.

Full Review… | July 21, 2015
Good Morning America

A mostly fun movie, but also one not given the full emotional room to breathe that it has over the course of the trilogy earned.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Shared Darkness

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011


Full Review… | July 16, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

The first X-Men gave us promise. X2 made us proud to be comic book fans. X3 makes us want to cower down and cry. It's crap from the opening shot right to its cliffhanger ending, which is quite ironic since the film is titled "The Last Stand." There's no excuse for such sloppy, mismanaged execution especially when the budget is a whopping $210 million. It's really tough for me to explain how bad this film is because I could pretty much pick apart every scene and explain what is wrong with it.
Too many characters, poorly written dialogue, clumsily staged and edited fight scenes, and awful CGI are just some of the many problems with X-Men: The Last Stand. I swear I have seen better use of green screen in student films. I hated X3. It's a slap in the face to fans of the source material and a complete nose dive off the cliff in comparison to the previous films in the series. Not since The Godfather Part III has the concluding act in a well-received trilogy been so monumentally awful.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

So what happened to the Nightcrawler? he was a good soft centred character with potential in the last film, what the Hadoken?? So yet again after the following smash success of the sequel, which may or may not have been a surprise, we get the trilogy bookend to the saga. Naturally we are pummeled with lots more characters, even bigger set pieces, even bigger action and various big deaths scenes, oh and Brett 'Rush Hour' Ratner takes over the reigns...which means it could well stink.

Plot time...Worthington Labs announce the cure to mutantism, well a drug that will suppress the mutant gene in mutants. This of course could be good news for certain mutants like the awkward Rogue (don't listen to Storm sheesh!), but for ultra cool mutants like Magneto, Wolverine, Iceman etc...it sounds like the worst idea since Brett Ratner took over the reigns for this third film. The 'cure' comes from the genome of a young mutant boy so obviously Magneto sets out to kill the boy with his alternate (not exactly evil in the evil sense) mutant army, only the X-Men can stop them.

I don't get the humans in this saga though, surely having people like this around with these powers would help mankind greatly. Sure there would be problems but on the whole if peace is kept as many want then the advantages for humans and mutants to work together would be astronomical! Plus aren't people amazed and in awe of these powers, hardly every day stuff is it.

So its back to more origins again and lots more exposition as we see how a young Jean Grey met up with Magneto and Xavier (I type Magneto because its easier than his human name) who have both had major CGI airbrush work done to their pretty faces. We then get to see a rather abrupt and brief origin for Angel which leads into some obligatory training sequences for the regular team followed by an intro for Beast and the steps being taken to find Magneto. Once the story skips through all this its back to Xavier's school again so we can have yet more origin chat as Beast visits.

One thing I noticed about Beast in this franchises continuity is way back in 'X2' we saw Beast as a youngish middle aged man in human form on the TV. According to comicbook lore (if we are picky here) Beast was actually one of the X-Men team from a young age I believe plus he was shaped like a gorilla. What we see of him in that brief cameo doesn't really match up although admittedly we don't see all of him. I would also hazard a guess that he would of been blue and furry by the age he looks in that cameo, like I say I'm just being picky.

This film feels more in tone with the original in the sense that everything is slowing building towards the finale. The plot is developed step by step in easy to swallow doses so each little story can expand and finally blend at the end. It does feel a bit slow admittedly but again it still manages to hold your attention well by slowly giving you more bang for your buck. Gotta be honest though some characters do feel squeezed in for no reason, Angel doesn't really do much, he's just there for visuals where as Multiple Man is around for one booby trap/gag moment.
There also seemed to be some tomfoolery with the Omegas group involving big visual changes and sexual gender alterations. Not that that's a problem as Omahyra Mota as Arclight was an inspired casting choice but the others felt very generic and bland looking. Not really sure how Kid Omega's power of being a mutant porcupine would come in handy unless you do the only thing he does in the film which is kill someone by hugging them. Its also these guys that start to mention mutants in class divisions depending on how powerful they are...where did that come from?

I find Pyro hilariously dumb in this film though. This guy goes around acting all tough and macho when confronting new mutants despite not knowing what they can do. For all he knows they could kill him easily with their unique mutant power, all he can do is control fire! geez dude don't be such a plum. Another stupid point was after Xavier gets obliterated Beast suggests the school close...eh?! why you big blue goon! surely the best way to honour him would be to keep the school going, no way Xavier would want it to shut down, go plait your hair sheesh!

In general everything is fine up to the big showdown where for some bizarre reason Magneto decides to detach and use the Golden Gate Bridge as a crossing to Alcatraz. I mean yeah it looks impressive and fancy in all its CGI glory but really? why not just use a large boat or fly...most of you all do that. Plus that may give you more stealth for the attack. The actual main battle is reasonably well directed and sorta utilises everyone but the fact the soldiers have the cure in gun form does make a bit of a mockery of it all. Yes many mutants get 'cured' but I don't really think any of them would stand a chance with all that stuff flying around.

Its all pretty much the same again but with nicer visuals. Beast looks awesome and is portrayed really well by Grammer, Grey in Phoenix form does look pretty good to me and her story fits OK as far as I'm concerned although I know some fanboys didn't like it. Wish we knew exactly what happened to Cyclops though. Everyone else is on good form and haven't varied from their previous performances so its all good in that sense (Juggernaut is a bit iffy looking though isn't he, not sure why they cast Vinnie Jones there) and as I said there are some big characters getting kicked to the curb throughout and towards the end which was very cool I can't deny. Not quite as classy as the previous two sure, but it does the job...what else did you expect?

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


The third film in the franchise is hard to compare to the others, because it feels distant and sloppy. This movie has great thrills, however fails to create any real emotion, which, in the long run, kept me from enjoying this film as much as I wanted to. I believe that this had the potential to be a very good film, but they took everything too seriously and killed off characters like they were extras in an action film. This film seems like it only wanted to reach the 105 minute mark, but has much more material that they had to rush through in order to keep the audience intrigued. This turned many fans away from the franchise, me included, but at least you didn't expect something like this to come from the franchise. It still delivers the X-Men story that I love, the characters are back, and the events are even more brutal. X-Men: The Last Stand is a disappointment.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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