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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 231
Fresh: 133 | 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.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 25

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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All Critics (231) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (98) | DVD (37)

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
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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: Salon.com | 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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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.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
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.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

X-ecrable.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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
Cinefantastique

Exciting and filled with edge of your seat action that gripped me until the very ending.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

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: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

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: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

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

May 20, 2007 Full Review Source: DallasBlack.com
DallasBlack.com

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

Audience Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

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?
May 26, 2014
phubbs1

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.
May 22, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

X Men: The Last Stand is a ridiculously braindead studio hack job with major characters from the previous films killed off to justify Halle Berry's absorbitant amount of unnecessary screen time. The film stumbles in establishing new characters and finding interesting things to do with old ones. The mutant cure narrative is also more of a segway to more action scenes than an actual story. Not since The Godfather 3 has the concluding act to a trilogy been so monumentally awful.
May 7, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

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
allan913

Super Reviewer

    1. Cain Marko / Juggernaut: Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (2 months ago)
    1. Jean Grey/Phoenix: Kill me!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (2 months ago)
    1. Jean Grey/Phoenix: Logan, you're making me blush...
    2. Logan/Wolverine: You're reading my thoughts?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (18 months ago)
    1. Cain Marko / Juggernaut: Don't you know who I am. I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
    – Submitted by Noah B (20 months ago)
    1. Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: In chess, the pawns go first.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (20 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 (22 months ago)
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