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Last Action Hero Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Last Action Hero makes such a strenuous show of winking at the audience (and itself) that it seems to be celebrating nothing so much as its own awfulness. In a sense, the movie's incipient commercial failure completes it aesthetically.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Last Action Hero is sporadically entertaining, but it could have been a whole lot more. Trimmed down and better edited, this film might have been a top-notch satire. As it is, however, it gets caught someplace in between action and comedy, and never really comes across as a solid example of either.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    This movie-within-a-movie action-comedy spoof is a too long, too loud tease as it toys with the Schwarzen-dude's well-toned cinematic image. [18 Jun 1993, p.1D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    For all of its sensational stunts and flashes of wit, however, Last Action Hero plays more like a bright idea than like a movie that was thought through. It doesn't evoke the mystery of the barrier between audience and screen the way Woody Allen did, and a lot of the time it simply seems to be standing around commenting on itself.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The stunt work and special effects are top flight; Schwarzenegger and the kid are just fine, but we can't help but want this film to stop kidding around and thrill us. [18 Jun 1993, p.C]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this spoof/critique of action films has itself an excessive amount of violence, explosions, and killings. While kids may love this, the sheer number of people who are killed or plotted to be killed (at least 15) make it too much for younger kids. Jack's son is killed and daughter kidnapped, and Danny nearly dies as well. Jack is shot and nearly dies, bubbling up blood from his mouth. Also, several characters smoke.

  • Families can talk about the critique this film makes of action films. List some of the differences between the movie world and the real world. What does this film tell you about the world the movie industry creates? How realistic is it? At times, do you believe that the movie world is an accurate depiction of the real world? Why? When?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lots of sociopathic behavior here, including stealing cars, killing people, plotting to blow people up.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Excessive violence with plenty of gun shots, explosions, punches, and kicks. Nerve gas is used and people fall through glass skylights. Jack's son is pushed off a building and falls to his death. Jack is shot in the chest and nearly dies; He coughs blood. Danny is held captive and pushed over a building, nearly dying. Jack's daughter is kidnapped and slapped. A body flies through a windshield. Someone is electrocuted.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Jack mentions premature ejaculation. Models in lingerie, including thongs, run around. Ashley kisses Danny. A prostitute offers herself to Benedict.

  • language false3

    Language: Some salty language, including "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "smart ass," "asshole," "s--t," and "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The film is a commercial for other action stars and films, including Sylvester Stallone, E.T., Basic Instinct, Terminator, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jack smokes cigars. People talk about cocaine and crack houses. Several other characters smoke cigarettes.