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X-Men: The Last Stand Reviews

July 7, 2010
Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying.
June 22, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.
June 7, 2006
[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.
May 30, 2006
What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.
May 26, 2006
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
[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
True, Ratner is no Singer, but in The Last Stand he delivers the goods with gusto.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2006
To anyone more discerning, and certainly to those fans who cherished the way the first two movies took pains to honour what made the X-Men such special mutants, the final blowout will seem like a blown opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 26, 2006
Of the three X-episodes, Ratner's is the least involving.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2006
How many distinguished veterans of the Royal Shakesepeare Company does it take to make a bi-g-budget trashy movie? Well, two.
May 26, 2006
The Last Stand isn't awful, but Ratner lacks Singer's subtlety and ability to cleanly navigate convoluted story lines crammed with super-powered characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2006
Ratner seems incapable of infusing his overly busy story with nuance, depth or the wonderful wry humor that connected us so thoroughly to these characters in the first place, and so their sacrifices never register.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2006
Oppressive overkill can suck the life from any hallowed institution. Even, dare say it, the X-Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2006
Though this third film, directed by the ham-handed Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), slides into overstuffed narrative complication and self-parodying quippiness, the pop mythology remains intact, even vital.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2006
I don't think anyone's going to call The Last Stand poetic, but it passes quickly and -- when it counts -- delivers enough of the summer-movie goods.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 26, 2006
The three-quel is a talky D(N)a Vinci Code, devoid of pacing and rife with inside jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 26, 2006
The spectacles linger in the imagination, but the rest is pretty easy to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 26, 2006
But can the series hold together for another sequel? Given the final few scenes, I'd say it's not quite time to X out the X-Men.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand is the first blockbuster of the 2006 summer season that hasn't caused me to shake my head with disappointment. It delivers pretty much what's expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2006
I suppose it's asking too much of Ratner to impart some kind of visionary flourish to the proceedings. But without it, these comic-book movies all tend to look the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2006
As might be expected, The Last Stand pretty much looks and plays like the first two X-Men films, though perhaps with more noise and babe action and a little less glum.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2006
Despite all the grand gestures of climax and resolution, there's a pronounced sense of autopilot; the only person who seems to be having a good time is Ian McKellen as the scheming Magneto.
May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand expands on the themes of discrimination and alienation explored in the first two films, and still retains the franchise's signature kick-butt action features.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand is an uninspired hodgepodge.
May 25, 2006
The Last Stand, though the weakest in the franchise, is often a kick to watch; you keep wanting more of these characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2006
This is the third film in the series, which means that on three occasions now we've been presented with the same story, featuring the same conflict, leading to the same false resolution, a smiley-happy joining of hands at the edge of an abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
The nuance and complexity of character that made the first two X-Men movies more compelling than the typically mindless summer blockbuster are gone in X-Men: The Last Stand.
May 25, 2006
The Last Stand moves, it amuses a while, and it ends.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2006
Billed as the climax of a trilogy, the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand more or less stands on its own legs, but the degree to which one is engaged really depends on one's familiarity with the first two films.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2006
For a movie that promotes unity, it is awfully splintered in its storytelling. It lacks a core plot to link the set pieces and create a sense of momentum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
Without the first films' textured relationships, the story becomes just another episode of Orange Fireball Cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
Action- and issue-packed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2006
[The Last Stand is] by far the daftest of the lot, and the one in which the stars' contractual fatigue is evident in the number of major characters who meet their demise before the first couple of reels are up.
May 25, 2006
This is interesting stuff. So why does The Last Stand feel driven to dumb itself down, as if embarrassed by its own ideas?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2006
[A] thoroughly enjoyable mutant-palooza conclusion to the X-Men series.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 25, 2006
The cleverness of the basic idea, stitched together by credited writers Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg from story arcs in the comics, gets lost in all the commotion, while the characters get reduced to, well, cartoon versions of their former selves.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand is spectacular but alienating: a high-flying high-tech product that impresses but fails to move you.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2006
I liked the action, I liked the absurdity, I liked the incongruous use and misuse of mutant powers, and I especially liked the way it introduces all of those political issues and lets them fight it out with the special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2006
The big action scenes are well-staged -- especially the climactic battle royale in which Jean/Phoenix strides through the chaos like Carrie at her prom.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2006
The battle sequences, always the least exciting, most obligatory feature of the first two movies, seem to have something at stake -- namely the lives of the characters. My heart goes out to heroes who believe a summer movie is worth dying for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2006
The X-Men have survived mutation, persecution, and supervillainous foes hell-bent on their destruction. But can they survive Brett Ratner? Well, no.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 25, 2006
Aa tighter focus might have enhanced the set-up's latent allegorical powers, and its emotional resonance.
May 24, 2006
It does work on both levels.
May 24, 2006
Taking over from the more cerebral Bryan Singer, Ratner is unable to maintain the emotional intensity that has made this series so deeply epic. But he sure knows how to put on a show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2006
... thanks to lowered expectations ... and in a season of economically disastrous disaster movies, the mere fact that this Memorial Day juggernaut is not a catastrophe should spell good news for a depressed industry.
May 23, 2006
... a fast and enjoyable B-movie ...
May 22, 2006
A wham-bam sequel noticeably lacking in the pop gravitas, moody atmospherics and emotional weight that made the first two Marvel comicbook adaptations so rousingly successful.
May 22, 2006
Brett Ratner has taken the reins, and though the picture is not without its wow-inducing, SFX-driven moments, that potent X-factor is considerably diminished in Singer's absence.