Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. It's a beautiful machine, thought out and revved up to the last detail, with no other purpose but to delight - and it delights. [24 May 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The relaxed and confident Crusade is the first Jones outing to benefit from actual characterizations. [24 May 1989, Life, p.1D]
  5. 88
    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.
  6. Start lining up now, bring a bullwhip -- and maybe some d-Con. Indiana will do the rest.
  7. 75
    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]
  8. Also predictable is the film's simplistic treatment of themes from religion and myth… It's curious that Spielberg and Lucas see these venerated objects not as symbols of divine inspiration but as repositories of a blind, undiscriminating force that can be wielded (like the three wishes from a genie or a magic lamp) by whoever gets their hands on them. [13 June 1989, Arts, p.11]
  9. More amusing than exciting. [19 June 1989, p.28]
  10. 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]
  11. 50
    The action simply doesn't have the exhilarating, leaping precision that Spielberg gave us in the past... The joyous sureness is missing. [12 June 1989]
  12. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    Despite strong acting (the slapstick energy between Ford and Connery is wasted), obligatory chases and stunts and splendid art direction, the virtuoso technique evident in every frame remains formulaic--unaccompanied by revelation, epiphany or surprise.
  13. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    The first of Spielberg's films to make us feel heavy in our seats, the first to leave us sitting, passive and uninvolved, on the outside. Watching it, you feel that nearly anyone could have directed it.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 205 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    The movie still has its adventurous spirit with a bad ass performance by Harrison Ford. However, the movie may be boring for some of thoseThe movie still has its adventurous spirit with a bad ass performance by Harrison Ford. However, the movie may be boring for some of those who already have watched its prequels due to the extreme similarity. Overall if you like adventures, a great movie to watch. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    The best of all of the Indiana Jones.
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    Last of the three original Indiana Jones Movies with Sean Connery. Adds a new Flair to Indiana Jones, providing good chemistry between Ford and him