The Last Stand Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
July 26, 2013
The weaponry is so ridiculously bountiful that the movie must be a defense against something. But it's just another lousy action movie. And for more than an hour, it's less than that.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 5, 2013
The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 4, 2013
Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ...
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 22, 2013
The result is diverting enough for a low-expectations Friday night, but the ingredients were in place for something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 19, 2013
Not the most iconic choice for Schwarzenegger to announce that he's back, but not one that's completely prefab, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 18, 2013
Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) handles the action sequences effectively if not spectacularly, though The Last Stand could have dispensed with the occasional attempts at sobriety and cut straight to the chase (or chases).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 18, 2013
The script is a mess, built on lazy clichés, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 18, 2013
Slapdash in its character portraits, the movie is slambang in its action scenes; it springs to life whenever it promises death.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
January 18, 2013
To call "The Last Stand" gratuitously violent is to pay the movie a compliment. It's sort of the whole point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2013
Dig just a shade beneath the surface, trade in the text for the subtext, and a more interesting picture emerges - a little richer, sadder, almost poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 18, 2013
[Kim] can't disguise the fact that Schwarzenegger, playing this seen-enough sheriff, doesn't so much look world-weary as simply tired.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 18, 2013
[It] just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 18, 2013
It persistently tries to drag the audience down to its mindless level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
Film.com
January 18, 2013
Proceeds to interpret classic Westerns like High Noon and Rio Bravo in the vein of proudly cartoonish violence.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 17, 2013
For sure, The Last Stand is no Terminator, but it is a fun, if predictable, action-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 17, 2013
"The Last Stand" is the movie equivalent of an idiot who, to avoid scorn, starts acting like an even bigger idiot, so as to get in on the joke, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 17, 2013
Sorry, big guy, but making small talk with the locals at the diner just isn't you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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January 17, 2013
By the end, even Schwarzenegger looks worn out. Maybe being governor wasn't such a hard job after all.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 17, 2013
The movie isn't about eloquence, it's about giving Mr. Schwarzenegger a chance to take on new enemies that include advancing age.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 17, 2013
"The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger's first star vehicle in more than a decade, is not a sci-fi film, though it does travel back in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2013
"The Last Stand" may not herald a full-scale reemergence for Arnold the Action Star, but it's clearly a step in that direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 17, 2013
Almost certainly, The Last Stand will not be Schwarzenegger's last. For better or for worse (and this is somewhere right in the middle), he is back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 17, 2013
The humor keeps it from becoming completely generic but there's still nothing of particular interest here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2013
An unpretentious, invigorating action flick that's extra-enjoyable whenever Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the screen demonstrating his flair for self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 17, 2013
To call this a good movie is really a stretch; it's more like 38 percent of a good movie. But it probably has just enough dumb fun and pointless violence and car chases to seem like a highly viable option for large numbers of people this weekend.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
January 17, 2013
Arnie is, as he likes to say, "back." And he keeps lumbering onward - thrashing and bashing about in a movie with an itty-bitty dino-sized brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 17, 2013
The film is cheerfully, irresistibly destructive -- an old-fashioned, Rio Bravo shoot-'em-up with the hicktown spirit of Tremors, though it isn't as good as either.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 17, 2013
The hilarity is muted by the really excessive amount of violence. People don't just die in The Last Stand, they explode like blood bombs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 17, 2013
"The Last Stand" is such a false start, it could terminate Schwarzenegger's comeback before it begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
January 17, 2013
[It] does exactly what it should: It leaves us wanting more.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 16, 2013
Even by the big, loud standards of a big, loud Schwarzenegger movie, The Last Stand feels like a succession of pitches that never amount to a script.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 15, 2013
Kim keeps things moving briskly and the members of the strong supporting cast don't seem to mind that they're playing flimsy types. Everyone's just here for a mindless good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 14, 2013
Schwarzenegger, when he's not plowing his way through reams of semi-intelligible dialogue, proves he's still capable of firing off a few rounds and pulling broken glass out of his leg.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2013
Arnold ain't all he used to be but still has a little punch left in this just passable violent action potboiler.