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  • Summary: Last Action Hero follows the adventures of 11-year-old Danny, whose magic ticket blasts him out of his theater seat and into an action movie. There he teams up with movie idol, Jack Slater, living his wildest fantasies in a celluloid world where anything is possible. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    70
    If there's one thing going for Last Action Hero, it's the construction of it all. Even if this intermixing of kid fantasy and adult shoot'em-up, Hollywood insider jokes and cheap Arnold puns, doesn't completely bowl you over, it's clever and intriguing.
  2. 63
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Hibbert
    60
    This is an attempt to be both a high-octane actionfest and a satire on such films, the result of which is the weirdest concoction: the metaphysical blockbuster. No wonder it tanked.
  4. 50
    The film tries so very hard to be The Movie of Summer '93 that it almost makes you sick for what could have been, what should have been, and, in the end, what it is: soulless sound and fury -- action in a vacuum.
  5. 50
    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]
  6. Director John McTiernan is normally a competent director but he's simply not at his best here. He shows little flair for comedy, his performances are one-dimensional, and his action sequences are predictable and sometimes amazingly sloppy. [18 Jun 1993, p.5]
  7. The script is weak and unrelenting. The stunts are unspectacular. The special effects are nothing you haven't seen before. But worst of all, there's the spectacle of Schwarzenegger glorying in the wonder of Schwarzenegger. [18 Jun 1993, p.C1]

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  1. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    Love this movie, Benedict is the best villain ever. Ripper is the second best villain ever (well, it's a tie between him and the wet bandits).Love this movie, Benedict is the best villain ever. Ripper is the second best villain ever (well, it's a tie between him and the wet bandits). This movie is so much fun, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and Last Action Hero and "Hook" are my magical childhood movies. Expand
  2. May 6, 2011
    10
    Excellent and very fun movie with action !! It s well like a 2010 movie :o)
    i like it and scharzy is on top !!! A story so original...
    Please
    Excellent and very fun movie with action !! It s well like a 2010 movie :o)
    i like it and scharzy is on top !!! A story so original...
    Please come back Arnold and make the 2
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  3. Sep 11, 2014
    9
    Great fun story that spoofs action films, while playing a good action story. Some bits are a bit too depressing, but overall the tone isGreat fun story that spoofs action films, while playing a good action story. Some bits are a bit too depressing, but overall the tone is fun,and tight comic take with a some gentle and not-so-gentle ribbing of the genre. The casting is uniformly excellent in this. Expand
  4. HarrisonF
    Apr 12, 2009
    7
    First Arnie movie I ever saw. This movie is good, but definitely not the best movie that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    5
    Last Action Hero is basically a film about Arnold Schwarzenegger doing what he does best in the world of Arnold Schwarzenegger- ducking fromLast Action Hero is basically a film about Arnold Schwarzenegger doing what he does best in the world of Arnold Schwarzenegger- ducking from explosions, and using brute force to save the day. Nothing new. Expand

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