The Last Stand Reviews

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Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
Christmas morning. Tiny puppies licking my face. A plate of crispy bacon. The embrace of a loved one. The last forty-five minutes of The Last Stand.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013
There are echoes here of Howard Hawks' classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo, in which John Wayne played a similarly beleaguered sheriff trying to prevent a jailbreak with the aid of a bunch of misfits.
John Serba
June 5, 2013
A throwback action movie that invokes 1980s nostalgia in all the right ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 27, 2013
The Last Stand is a fast-paced, action-heavy throwback, shot with a fluid visual eye by Kim Jee-Woon. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and better than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 18, 2013
This is the kind of action film you've seen before done better, and while the technological aspects may be more polished than most, the theatrical experience still feels considerably small-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 17, 2013
Arnie lurches through the film with a kind of defiant dignity, his signature mixture of self-effacing humour and good ol' tough talk allowing us to buy into the kind of big-screen hero he made us fall in love with all those decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
March 11, 2013
Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) knows how to fill up the screen, surround his megastar with economy-sized murders, car chases, billowing blood-clouds and goofiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2013
Schwarzenegger, now 65, hasn't lost his one amazing gift for being a movie's worst actor and best asset
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
February 26, 2013's refreshing to watch a film that wants to be nothing more than a blood-soaked accompaniment to beer and pizza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
February 21, 2013
The Last Stand sees bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the big screen following an eight-year term as Governor of California, because that is the reality we now occupy... A fun, dumb, enjoyable, dumb, mostly well performed, super dumb film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
February 20, 2013
Resembling more the 'Austrian Oak' with each passing year, Arnold Schwarzenegger still manages to make a big, bloody fist of the archetypal action-hero in Kim Jee-woon's The Last Stand.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 16, 2013
Sensational action, bloody violence, goofy humour and Arnie as the small town Sheriff - it's all there, and the larger than life 65 year old Austrian superstar continues to fill every inch of the screen
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
February 11, 2013
Despite some graphic violence and even though it is really silly, this is an entertaining action film showing that Arnold Schwartzenegger has not lost any of his charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Tom Charity
February 5, 2013
The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
The Last Stand doesn't find [Schwarzenegger] in peak form, but it'll suffice as a sturdy exhibition of his talents.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 3, 2013
No, he doesn't demonstrate a lot of 'Terminator'-style moves.But, hey, he doesn't have to. Schwarzenegger, now in his mid-60s, just needs to tote some weapons, seek revenge and utter a few one-liners, which is exactly what he does in 'The Last Stand.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 31, 2013
If the sequences removed from Sommerton held a little more presence [...] I'd be less hesitant to call The Last Stand anything less than great.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael A. Smith
January 27, 2013
"The Last Stand" could be an old episode of "Gunsmoke," with its theme of the law versus the bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 25, 2013
An entertaining, if not particularly longed for, return for the 65-year-old action icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
January 25, 2013
The results are surprisingly good fun, popcorn-friendly, and awfully redolent of Rio Bravo. Fine by us. He's back, alright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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