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X-Men: The Last Stand Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

… not bad with action … Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    58

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Has a couple of emotionally resonant scenes that build on the first two story lines. But it lacks the intriguing moody quality of the previous films. The mutants are more pumped up and angry this time, rather than misunderstood and conflicted.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Though the picture is not without its wow-inducing, SFX-driven moments, that potent X-factor is considerably diminished in Singer's absence.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Surprise, surprise. X-Men: The Last Stand, the third big-screen convocation of mutant shape shifters, weather changers, ice makers, energy suckers, healers and telepaths from Marvel Comics, has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

X-Men battle for their lives yet again. Tweens OK.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes comic-bookish violence: characters are repeatedly stabbed, shot, smashed, and variously injured (bloody gashes on faces or bodies, some -- on Wolverine -- healing themselves immediately), thrown against or through walls, exploded, burned, and frozen. Vehicles and buildings explode with fiery booms, the Golden Gate Bridge is lifted and crashed into Alcatraz Island, with violent shaking of humans driving on it. Human military units shoot weapons loaded with cure-bearing darts. In a flashback, a young boy tries to cut his wings off, causing bloody wounds. A passionate kiss leads to one character's death (off-screen), another passionate embrace leads to a violent clash. Mystique's blue suit looks painted on.

  • Families can talk about the theme of friendship and group unity, as well as the celebration of difference: The X-Men look after one another even when they are accused of being afflicted with a "disease" and offered a "cure." How do the X-Men challenge conformity and encourage creativity, even as they learn discipline and good manners at school? How do the several generations of X-Men come together to form an alternative, supportive family?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Good mutants encourage difference and individuality, bad mutants try to kill those who don't agree with them.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Comic-booky explosions, stabbings, shootouts, and fist/kick fights; brief scene of self-mutilation and upset as young boy tries to remove his "mutant" wings; Mystique assaults her police interrogators; police/military use guns with cure-carrying darts; characters explode into bits (including paternal Professor X, which might worry young viewers who are fond of him); Magneto breaks up the Golden Gate Bridge.; showdown at film's end includes fire, walls collapsing, electrocution; Jean sucks Wolverine's skin off him in patches; up-close stabbing.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Passionate kissing; one becomes an all-body (legs included) embrace; Rogue is visibly jealous of boyfriend's flirtation with another girl. One mutant uses her powers to undo a man's pants. Mystique is more or less naked (in a non-sexual way) at all times, though she's usually covered in blue, scaly skin. One scene shows her naked without that covering, but the crucial bits are covered.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly mild: "bitch," "hell," "ass," "dick," etc.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wolverine smokes a cigar.

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