X-Men: The Last Stand Reviews

  • It is a shell of its predecessors, a technical exercise that is utterly devoid of substance.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • This is interesting stuff. So why does The Last Stand feel driven to dumb itself down, as if embarrassed by its own ideas?

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • While the movie takes itself seriously, not to say solemnly, it's really an occasion for funny, frightening metamorphoses and spectacular effects.

    Philip French — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • ... 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.

    Dennis Lim — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Oppressive overkill can suck the life from any hallowed institution. Even, dare say it, the X-Men.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The spectacles linger in the imagination, but the rest is pretty easy to forget.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The three-quel is a talky D(N)a Vinci Code, devoid of pacing and rife with inside jokes.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • ... a fast and enjoyable B-movie ...

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • X-Men: The Last Stand is spectacular but alienating: a high-flying high-tech product that impresses but fails to move you.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Of the three X-episodes, Ratner's is the least involving.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Without the first films' textured relationships, the story becomes just another episode of Orange Fireball Cinema.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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