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Small Soldiers Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 8, 2014
Small Soldiers deserves to be re-evaluated, which fortunately also means that it can finally be enjoyed, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 7, 2013
Works as an adventure film and another fine Joe Dante creature feature...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 7, 2007
Smart satirical action-comedy about talking action toys.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
October 20, 2005
An infomercial with the schmaltz that passes for emotion in family-aimed films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 12, 2003
Typical of Dante's films, Small Soldiers is an unbroken string of pop culture in-jokes.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It looks like the movie was edited down from a much meaner version, to our loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002 entertaining romp...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The animation is excellent, and the voice cast alone is worth the price of admission...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
...this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though it starts promisingly, the picture ends as a standoff between the affection Dante and company bring to the project and its increasingly frenetic and tiresome emphasis on what special effects can make its little people do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As with many films in which special effects are the real stars, the technology here commands more respect and interest than the material otherwise warrants.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
As absurd as the premise might seem, Small Soldiers works for two primary reasons: the visual effects ... are entirely convincing and the script ... never takes its tongue out of its cheek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
I can't think of a Hollywood entertainment I've enjoyed as much all year, and both audiences I saw the movie with seemed delighted as well.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Rosenberg
January 1, 2000
Fortunately, it's possible to ignore the morals entirely and simply enjoy the filmmakers' skill at creating carefully contained mayhem in a microcosm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What bothered me most about Small Soldiers is that it didn't tell me where to stand--what attitude to adopt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
G.I. Joe goes ballistic in Dante's smart, witty hybrid of Toy Story and his own Gremlins.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Paul Powell
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The fantasy violence is fast and furious (dolls exploding, people cut and shot) however isn't depicted in a gory or graphic nature.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
...for all its shortcomings, the end result is quite entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Think Gremlins and Toy Story -- but aim lower -- and you've got the idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
...wildly entertaining...
| Original Score: 3/4
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