'X-Men: The Last Stand' Critic Reviews

65%
MovieWeb:   22 reviews
57%
Rotten Tomatoes:   233 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    50
    It is a shell of its predecessors, a technical exercise that is utterly devoid of substance.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    While the movie takes itself seriously, not to say solemnly, it's really an occasion for funny, frightening metamorphoses and spectacular effects.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    [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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Dennis Lim Village Voice (Top Critic)
    ... 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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    Oppressive overkill can suck the life from any hallowed institution. Even, dare say it, the X-Men.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    The spectacles linger in the imagination, but the rest is pretty easy to forget.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The three-quel is a talky D(N)a Vinci Code, devoid of pacing and rife with inside jokes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    ... a fast and enjoyable B-movie ...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    X-Men: The Last Stand is spectacular but alienating: a high-flying high-tech product that impresses but fails to move you.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Of the three X-episodes, Ratner's is the least involving.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Without the first films' textured relationships, the story becomes just another episode of Orange Fireball Cinema.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    [A] thoroughly enjoyable mutant-palooza conclusion to the X-Men series.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    [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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago