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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    You can't roll monstrous boulders straight at audiences any more and have a whole theater-full duck and gasp with fright--and pleasure. We may be plumb gasped out. And although Harrison Ford is still in top form and the movie is truly fun in patches, it's a genre on the wane. [24 May 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Fully up to, as well as virtually indistinguishable from, its predecessors… The guarantee of Indiana Jones is that the pace never varies and the tone never changes; when you've had enough, you can feel free to leave. [24 May 1989, Tempo, p.1]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The relaxed and confident Crusade is the first Jones outing to benefit from actual characterizations. [24 May 1989, Life, p.1D]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is just as well that Last Crusade will indeed be Indy's last film. It would be too sad to see the series grow old and thin, like the James Bond movies.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety

    The Harrison Ford-Sean Connery father-and-son team gives Last Crusade unexpected emotional depth, reminding us that real film magic is not in special effects.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Though it cannot regain the brash originality of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark,'' in its own way 'The Last Crusade' is nearly as good, matching its audience's wildest hopes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Thrilling third Indy actioner focuses on hunt for grail.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has lots of hand-to-hand combat, action-filled chases, and gun fights. Main characters are in near-constant peril, and one is shot point blank and almost bleeds to death. Minor characters are killed in somewhat gruesome ways, including beheading; a bad guy meets his end in a fairly disturbing scene. There's a bit of kissing/banter, and it's implied that two men have slept with the same woman. Language is mild, and there's ultimately a strong message about the importance of the father-son relationship.

  • Families can talk about what Indiana Jones stands for. If he's a good guy, why does he break the rules? Is that OK? What separates him from the "bad" guys? Are real-life bad guys as thoroughly evil as the ones in movies?
  • What are the effects of the frequent use of cartoonishly evil Nazis as "bad guys" in action movies? Does it trivialize or obscure their real atrocities, especially the Holocaust?
  • How does Last Crusade compare to Indy's other adventures? Which one do you like best?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Ingenuity, teamwork, and trying to do the right thing are ultimately rewarded, although some of Indy's methods are iffy. Standing up to bullies (in the form of the Nazi party) is a strong theme. The power of a father-son relationship is explored and emphasized.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Indy is a lovable anti-hero -- a self-interested scoundrel who isn't always a great role model but whose heart proves to be in the right place. He's brave, resourceful, loyal, and smart, and he's dedicated to preserving historical artifacts and protecting them from those who would misuse them. Henry wasn't the best father to young Indiana, but he proves how much he genuinely cares for his son.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Hand-to-hand combat, action-filled chases (boats, planes, tanks, more), beatings, and gun fights. Bad-guy minions are killed in fairly gruesome ways, including beheading. Indy uses a whip frequently. Henry is shot at point-blank range and almost bleeds to death. Lots of peril. Threat of fire and drowning. At one point, other characters briefly think a main character has died. A bad guy meets his end in a scene that could disturb younger viewers (potential spoiler alert: he ages extremely rapidly and briefly becomes a dessicated, mummy-like being before disintegrating).

  • sex false2

    Sex: It's insinuated that Indiana and his father slept with the same woman. Some kissing/embracing. Banter.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "damn," "my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character lights a cigarette (accurate for the era). Indy and another character have champagne; later, Indy has a cocktail.

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