“Good Effect's But Weak Story Line.”
“This Isn't What I Wanted”
“Well, That Caps This X-men Trilogy-with A Huge Hole Not Even Wolverine Can Heal”
“"Too Good To Be True, Brett Ratner, Fxck You, Brian Your A Knob Muncher, You Started This As Your Own Then You Made Superman Returns That Failed...HAR!HAR! SUCKER!"”
“After The 1st Two...”
“The Best Film In The X-men Franchise !”
“This Is A Dissapointment Way WAY Below "X"-Trodinairy!”
“Is This The Last Stand... NAH!”
“Here Comes BEAST”
“Simple But Sweet”
“X-MEN:THE LAST STAND-FROM THIS IT SHOULD BE!!!”
“"I'm The Juggernaut, Bitch!"”
“What Have You Done Ratner?!?!”
“Wolverine Is Awesome!!!”
“I Found This Movie Quite Interesting. The Story Line Was Very Good Also, Kept Me On My Toes Wanting To Watch More And More Of It, Not Wanting To Get Up To Go To The Toilet XD.I Cried Also At The End When Wolverine Killed Jean Gray/ Phoenix.”
“Very Good Movie, Needs To Be Seen By Every X-men Fan!!”
“An Enjoyable Summer Film With Plenty Of Sci-fi Action And Humor, But Was A Big Letdown Where It Most Counted.”
“Director Change Was Disappointing”
“Good, But Not Great”
“To Portray X3 As Anything Less Than Disappointing Is Mincing Words. It Is A Shell Of Its Predecessors, A Technical Exercise That Is Utterly Devoid Of Substance.”
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
[A] thoroughly enjoyable mutant-palooza conclusion to the X-Men series.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
[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.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
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.
Justin Chang - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The Last Stand moves, it amuses a while, and it ends.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
X-Men: The Last Stand is an uninspired hodgepodge.
Michael Agger - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
How many distinguished veterans of the Royal Shakesepeare Company does it take to make a bi-g-budget trashy movie? Well, two.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Action- and issue-packed.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Dean Essner - Film4
Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying.
David Ansen - Newsweek
It's the first halfway decent summer movie so far.
Dave White - Movies.com
Nothing really feels at stake other than box-office opening-weekend numbers
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Though it's not the best installment of the series, with many, many present flaws, it sure is a very entertaining film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Yes, Ratner's music-video attention span and inability to linger on a shot ... blunts the impact of some of [the] big emotional moments. Nonetheless, he liked Singer's films as much as you did, and he hasn't tried to fix what ain't broke.
Gary Susman - Boston Phoenix
X-Men: The Last Stand is far from perfect, but it does manage to move in the direction of a crowd-pleasing thrill ride without completely lobotomizing itself.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
As usual, character development is dashed off in quick sketches while mutant powers are shown in all the lavish detail that $200 million worth of computers can generate; the thrill may dissipate over time, but it's great fun while it lasts.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The film exists solely to give the Comic Book Guys of the world a chance to see all their favorite action figures, life size and in full form.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
There's a lot going on in this film %u2013- too much, really...
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
It has no passion, no connection to where we are now, and in a series whose stories have heretofore spoken dark truths about American intolerance, that matters.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The results are less than x-citing.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It may be just another superhero movie (or several of them, all frantically playing out at the same time), but it delivers everything you could want from the genre several times over.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
A surefire kiddie crowd-pleaser, given the teeny-bop penchant for over-stimulating computer game warfare.
Kam Williams - DallasBlack.com
A good if undistinguished capper to the trilogy.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
The action is non stop and the special effects jaw dropping, with a scene involving San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge an incredible highlight
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Ratner has met with much skepticism from fans afraid that he would botch the franchise. He actually makes this an enjoyable summer blockbuster that generally lives up to the predecessors.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Disposable entertainment that passes the time with flickering images of flashy camera cuts and explosions before disappearing from memory before the popcorn is digested...
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The final [i]X-Men[/i] film fails to live up to the expectations of its predecessors but remains a fun and surprising feature.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Let's hope this really is the last stand ...
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
Operatic in scope, especially in its rousing ending, it has a simple and easily accessible plot. This class A popcorn flick is also a heck of a lot of fun.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Una cinta veraniega indudablemente, que vale cada atomo mutante o no, del boleto pagado; una muestra de que el cine comercial puede ser entretenimiento puro con ocasionales pinceladas de humor negro y vida real.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The Last Stand is as good if not better than X2.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Whilst those involved didn't save the best for last, they have delivered a film worthy of the title and an entertaining little vehicle to boot
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Sadly, "X" didn't mark the spot convincingly this time around. Ratner directs with all the urgency of a nervous Nellie with a bladder problem.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
When X-Men: The Last Stand works, it is primarily because it doesn't lose sight of the emotions that fuel the fire.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
When Jean Grey starts gasping, 'Kill me!' it's like she's the voice of the franchise....
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
what we do get is a blast, and the writers have the balls to let good characters die
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Thankfully there are no nipple caps to be found on Wolverine's costume . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
For once, I cared about these characters; perhaps because their plight is one shared by so many in the real world who want conformity at any price...it gave me all I asked.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Sin llegar al nivel de las anteriores, esta tercera parte entretiene aunque esta mas basada en la accion que en sus personajes, rasgo fuerte de la saga.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
When the movie works, it really works.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Until its numbing finale, Last Stand is actually a fairly interesting and timely look at the ethics of bio-engineering.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
... hums along at a brisk pace and should appeal to fans of the series. It manages to wrap up some stories while leaving others open for future films.
Ted Murphy - Murphy's Movie Reviews
Like the first two films, this one crackles with action, delves smartly (but not smarmily) into social relevance, and salts in enough humor to make all the vaporizings and razor-izings feel a bit more festive.
James Hebert - San Diego Union-Tribune
Magneto is the source of terror, although how much can you fear a villain with "neat-o" in his name?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
My mutant power (and the boxoffice tingle of $199 Million in one week) tells me "The Last Stand" is anything but last. It's not even likely to be penultimate.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The third time is definitely not the charm
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
[A] distinctly dull offering.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
An acceptable -- albeit mindless -- sequel that should placate fans of the series.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Here's your blaring headline in the Daily Bugle: 'X-MEN SQUASH SPIDER-MAN LIKE A BUG.'
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
'What it lacks is the rich layering of character details that made the previous films soar beyond genre filmmaking.'
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Incoming director Brett Ratner is interested in one thing and one thing only: action. And he's very good at it.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Noticeably less time is spent on building atmosphere and personalities; more footage is dedicated to high-impact stunts and lavish visual effects.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
X-Men: The Last Stand is popcorn entertainment best left, except for the fans, as a curiosity for DVD rental.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
There were moments when I considered whether this is Brett Ratner's best film. It's really too flawed to allow the word "best" to be used. How about, "it doesn't suck?"
David Poland - Movie City News
Rather than deepen the group dynamic, Ratner's movie is just overcrowded.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
All the wreckage doesn't make the choices seem more informed or more resonant. They just seem louder.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
This is a stupid, hateful, ignorant movie, one of the very worst comic book films ever made.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Ratner haters and comic book purists should probably stay home - a fun superhero popcorn movie that delivers nearly two hours of solid entertainment
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
It's not just a matter of its failing to live up to the standard set by the second film; it's that it isn't good enough by any standards.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Howlingly bad cliches, transparent exposition and plot holes large enough to contain the continent of Africa -- with room left over for Ratner's judgment and an artichoke.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
There are plenty of boneheaded decisions plaguing X-Men: The Last Stand ... yet there's also enough of merit to earn it a passing grade.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The latest X-Men flick, packs all the punches...
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Although the series is beginning to look too familiar, this one at least maintains its breakneck pace.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
A noisy and active but ultimately mediocre experience that probably won't be the last of its kind.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Director Brett Ratner's slack, good-enough-for-government-work vibe is all-pervasive. These mutants deserved a finer farewell.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Are mutants going to savor their special unique natures or are they going to try to be like the "normal" population. It could be an intriguing idea, but the film does not develop the issue in any detail.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
But the main problem with the film, one that keeps it from reaching the highest elevations of popcorn entertainment, is its lack of real emotional resonance.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
The climax finds the president announcing all is well during a broadcast over Fox news -- a bit of corporate in-house promotion that apparently is not intended to be ironic.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If you're really into exciting special effects, then this is the movie for you.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Frankly, it's surprising that director Brett Ratner, best known for the Rush Hour movies... was the man at the helm. It turns out the skeptics were wrong.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The movie is what it is --- escapist enjoyment, if only for a short while.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Judging by this third and purportedly final installment, the X-gene has been tapped out.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Brett Ratner delivers the action but the punch doesn't stand up to the previous two films.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
Le potentiel y etait pour un film grandiose et tout ce que Fox nous a offert est un film d'action un peu plus reussi que la moyenne.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
A worthy successor to the first two films.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's gratifying to see the X-Men movies be about something rather than just trying to be mindless action thrill rides.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
In this season of one disappointing blockbuster after another this one, at this point of time, looks good in comparison.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This is The Last Stand: be grateful for small blessings.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
... the logical conclusion to every comic book story arc: all Hell is breaking loose... (but) what kind of final epic confrontation is less than two hours long?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The weighty main themes of alienation, discrimination, responsibility and the sense of fear still resonate, it's cheap production values and lame directorial efforts by Ratner made it hard to connect with the film. Left me feeling cold and disheartened.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A fitting end to the trilogy and a very good film.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
doesn't require its audience to be fans of the comic books or even to have seen previous installments...stands on its own as a solid piece of entertainment
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's mainly The Last Stand's feeling of treading water that bugs the most. Although it's certainly a watchable movie, the franchise has led us to expect much more than that.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
It's a good-enough movie -- not nearly as good as the first two cinematic installments in the X-Men saga, but good enough to get the job done.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A good action spectacle, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Despite its title, this isn't the end of the "X-Men" series. "X-Men: The Last Stand" leaves you wanting more. And its finale is the perfect set-up for just that.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Ratner, right at home in the superhero world, orchestrates the frenzied final battle with a melodramatic Gone With the Wind grandeur.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
For all the sound, fury and spectacle, the film feels vaguely hollow and unsatisfying.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Written and directed without a hint of subtlety, it's filled with enough fast-paced carnage to justify the inevitable 'X-4.'
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The overpopulated, visionfree movie contains barely enough moments to satisfy both casual fans and fanatics (who should definitely stay through the closing credits for a final, pivotal revelation) while leaving each wanting more.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The weakest of the three. But being the only major release of the week, it looks like it will be a success no matter what anybody says.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
A fun and entertaining summer popcorn flick.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
The intensity that the director of Rush Hour (!) brings to the Marvel Comics-based mutant saga makes me begin to come around regarding Hollywood's unlovable wunderkind.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
I'll probably enjoy it better than the potentially disastrous Superman Returns in June.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Maybe they thought it they threw enough money at Ratner, he could use it on magical special effects that would cover the fact that there's no character development.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Watching Ratner struggle with his enormous cast makes one appreciate the economy with which Singer established even minor supporting characters.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
As they say, three's a charm and though this third film in the "X-Men" franchise lacks some of the intellectual and emotional gravitas of the first two, it still delivers a powerful punch in terms of action, effects and imagination.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
X-Men marks the real start of the summer-movie season.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
True, Ratner is no Singer, but in The Last Stand he delivers the goods with gusto.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
Characters fight, and characters die -- and those who survive are quite clearly marked as winners or losers. Timeless playground debates are settled at last.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
It's harmless eye candy with a fast pace and lots of color, which is fine, but based on what came before it, X3 really should have been a little more than just "harmless eye candy."
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Ratner, who directs for the seventh time with this film, seems to be getting better by trial and error, and he turns in a rather terrific first half.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Had the filmmakers spent as much time to developing the story as they did to lame in-jokes and an annoying post-credits coda, X-Men: The Last Stand wouldn't have seemed like an inferior clone of the previous mutant masterpieces.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
X-Men: The Last Stand brings the mutant superhero trilogy to an immensely satisfying conclusion.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Let's hope this isn't the Last we see of these mutants.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Wolverine takes it personally when hit below the belt with a sucker punch. As a paying audience member, so should you. It's a vending-machine movie all the way, with none of the mood, charm or style that has preceded it.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
If X3 is truly the end of the franchise... at least it leaves the table ahead of the game... if not a triumph, then a modest and palpable success.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
In Last Stand, [director Brett] Ratner displays his formidable technical skill, but he lacks the sense of timing and character development that made the first two films a success.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Where Singer played up the real-world parallels inherent in the franchise's premise, Ratner clearly feels more comfortable when things are going boom.
Ethan Alter - Premiere Magazine
With dozens of mutants all fighting for their right to be different (and fighting each other for screen time), the story is spread too thin.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The Last Stand is a pretty spectacular action movie ... [even] if it doesn't quite achieve the enchantment of the earlier films ... McKellen, Stewart and Jackman are once again magnetically expert.
Kurt Loder - MTV
I can't say I was entranced this time round.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Although it's never boring, X-Men: The Last Stand is routine and unimaginative in a way the first two are not.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Certainly this one doesn't stack up favorably with the first two movies, but the third cinematic X-adventure is far from the worst superhero film ever made -- even lately.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
At this stage, Fox should seriously consider either retiring the franchise entirely or giving it a rest before reinvention.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The main downfall of X-Men: The Last Stand is also its biggest guilty pleasure: watching just how many mutant baddies they can throw on the screen.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
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.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Look out, it's Porcupine Guy! His hugs are lethal! And there's "Angel," who...flies around a lot with his shirt off.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Its action-packed but lacks that certain mutant angst.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
This isn't so much a movie as it is a solicitation to lower one's expectations...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
If I'm going to be grabbed by a comic book adaptation, it will be a single, old-school action hero with a complex back story and sense of drama, like Superman or Batman.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Watching the actors is like watching Elton John try to make out with Anne Heche. They go through the motions in a totally disingenuous display, except Wolverine doesn't break out into an impromptu "Rocket Man" to ease the awkwardness.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
...is blessed with a whopper of a dichotomy that carries the film even in its most unremarkable moments.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
X-Men and X2 brought unusual complexity and depth to the comic-book movie genre. X-Men: The Last Stand, though a mile wide with mutants, is about an inch deep.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
The Last Stand, which contradicts its subtitle with the cheesiest sequel tag of the year, slumps as soon as it introduces its plot gimmick.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
What matters to discerning fans is whether respect for the material is balanced with solid, intelligent filmmaking, and those qualities are going downhill fast.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A dazzling movie about fireball car missiles, a guy who can turn into a killer-quiller porcupine, and accepting others different from us.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Ratner just sucks all the emotional energy out of this oversize FX coloring book...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Take The Last Stand as all surface, relentless comic book amusement, and it's a vastly agreeable sit.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Singer's absence is felt but not fatal. By adding too much new blood Ratner loses some of the original DNA, but with its nifty set-pieces and a few nasty surprises, X3's still a worthy enough sequel to ensure it's no Last Stand.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
There's much to enjoy here -- Ratner's pacing is fluid and fast and the film rushes along its busy, cluttered way with something approaching melodramatic snarkiness -- but it's also terribly busy and cluttered.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The Last Stand is fitfully entertaining, but lurking at the edge of almost every frame is a reminder that you're watching a genre exercise with no real talent or affection at its core.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
When other mutants approach Leech, their special talents vanish. It's much the same effect Ratner has on actors.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's a serviceable commercial film, never boring and mostly fun. Only the comparison to its predecessors makes it seem wanting.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or a pariah will identify with the engaging themes of this rousing adventure.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Stand falls pretty far, pretty fast, winding up for all the bombast rather wan and pedestrian.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's fun enough to be worth seeing, but it's nowhere near as slick, action-packed or entertaining as its predecessors.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This is an enjoyable blockbuster and not the disaster that many feared.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A couple of mutants die in X-Men: The Last Stand but not nearly enough to save this boring mess.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
X-Men: The Last Stand is punctuated with wows, the most awesome -- the sort that makes you elbow your seatmate and breathlessly say 'ain't that cool' -- coming in its mutant smackdown finale.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
'The Last Stand' needs its new characters more than the previous two films did because it fails to develop the ones it has inherited.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Ratner has taken a series characterized by subversive wit and intelligence and put it in a bland box -- It could be worse, but it couldn't be less distinctive.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
This is X -Men kids, one does not expect 'A Twelfth Night' deep yarn to play out before you. And on this point, X-Men does not disappoint; minimal brain-space required to follow the bouncing mutants
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The Last Stand, though the weakest in the franchise, is often a kick to watch; you keep wanting more of these characters.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Although Last Stand remains entertaining, it has the slapped-together look and feel of the first film.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
[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.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
X-Men: The Last Stand has the deepest metaphor yet and fully explores the ensemble cast's reactions to it.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
It's ripcord filmmaking, with paint-by-numbers emotionalism. While [Ratner's] preoccupation with surface thrill still makes for a generally pleasing comic book movie, it shortchanges the depth we've come to expect from the X-Men franchise.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Michael Bay's Schindler's List.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's too bad that unlike the mutants, this series never managed to evolve.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
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.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A sufficient conclusion to the series Singer started, but any connection these films had to the original comics has faded away.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
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.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Maybe The Da Vinci Code needed mutants, or Halle Berry in tight leather pants to make it better.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of X3 is that it's curiously boring.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Aa tighter focus might have enhanced the set-up's latent allegorical powers, and its emotional resonance.
Ben Walters - Time Out
A fast and furious smorgasbord of sound and fury, adding up to little in the long run, but, yes, fun while it lasts.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Perfectly completes and extends the first two films and confirms this franchise's place in the pantheon of all-time great Hollywood trilogies.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
X-Men: The Last Stand -- reputedly the last in the series (we'll see) -- still manages to be an eye-filling fantasy extravaganza and a big crowd-pleaser.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The series seems a little like a car stalwartly puttering along despite the fact that its fuel gauge is firmly planted on "E".
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Not as cool as the first two, but worth a look just to see Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut run through things.
John Venable - Supercala.com
It's not about pyrotechnics -- it's about the characters, doofus.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
A full-fledged mutant jamboree, but one that blunts thematic and character development in favor of narrative expediency.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A story that is as absorbing as the special effects and stunts.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The X-Men have survived mutation, persecution, and supervillainous foes hell-bent on their destruction. But can they survive Brett Ratner? Well, no.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
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.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Begins to unravel in displays of silliness and a lack of drive that fails to payoff all its ideas or reach the level of excitement expected for such a final showdown.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
something of a letdown considering the quality of the first two films
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It feels a lot like X-Men: The Diluted TV Adaptation.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
a quagmire that not even a mutant of the highest caliber can extricate him- or herself from
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Ratner tries desperately to mimic the style and substance of Singer's movies, but imitation is all it is.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Sacrifices socio-political relevance for flashy pyrotechnics and visceral pleasures galore.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
It doesn't live up to its potential, but there are moments here and there where everything gels...
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It does work on both levels.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Like the X-Men film series itself, it got more right than it did wrong...
Stax - IGN Movies
Singer's touch is missed, but there's still a lot to enjoy here.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Ratner clearly has superpowers: He's made the series' feeling and humor disappear.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
There's more drama, backstabbing, temper tantrums and shocks in The Last Stand than in a season of "Dynasty". So far, it's the best event movie of the year.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
"X-Men: The Last Stand" is a comic book movie that crams in a stunning number of characters while still managing to map out significant emotional underpinnings.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
I liked it. Everyone was angry, really tense, and emotionally charged up. And, they got rid of the dead wood. Hated the Blue Beast.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Segue de perto a linha bem-sucedida de seus antecessores, utilizando a saga dos mutantes para estabelecer uma inteligente alegoria sobre a propria sociedade em que vivemos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's a mutant smorgasbord, and most of the characters suffer as a result. 'We need more mutants in leather,' I can hear a studio exec yelling. 'And give them tattoos too! That way we know they're bad guys!'
Scott Collura - Now Playing Magazine
Unless you're already dedicated to the X-Men, The Last Stand won't really hold up.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Last Stand offers fans some astonishing pleasures... but also many stings of opportunities lost.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
My least favorite of the three X-MEN movies, but definitely not a disaster by any means...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A dreary species of empty pomp and circumstance, far too similar to many of its summer movie brethren and disappointingly dissimilar from its superior predecessors.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A thrilling third chapter that delves deeper thematically while expanding the universe of franchise characters. Thus far, it's simply the most X-citing film of 2006.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
At least Ratner knows how to handle both action and drama on screen, even if subtlety and substance fall by the wayside.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The stunts are non-stop and we marvel at them all. Yet the heart of this third film about the mutant Marvel comic characters is overtaken by splashy effects.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Its concept hinted at real greatness, but the end result is never anything more than average.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus