Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 18, 2013
    91
    It's a crackerjack B movie worthy of comparison to such stylishly low-down, smart-meets-dumb, hyper-violent entertainments as the 1997 Kurt Russell thriller "Breakdown," Clint Eastwood's infamous police bloodbath "The Gauntlet," John Carpenter's original "Assault on Precinct 13," and Arnold's own overlooked 1986 outing "Raw Deal."
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jan 15, 2013
    88
    One of its most refreshing aspects is its acceptance of both western and action-film conventions on their own terms, refusing to regard itself as operating outside of or superior to the genre.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 18, 2013
    80
    There's savvy in Schwarzenegger's understanding of his appeal. Always foreign yet weirdly Americanized in our dreams, the big guy is a craggy monument in need of a countryside. He's back in the place that deserves him.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jan 23, 2013
    75
    The Last Stand marks the American debut of the Korean director Jee-woon Kim, who delivers a half-dozen quality kills that will leave audiences squirming and then laughing at the sheer audacity of it all.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 17, 2013
    75
    Dig just a shade beneath the surface, trade in the text for the subtext, and a more interesting picture emerges – a little richer, sadder, almost poignant. Arnie is back again, yet now, as a storied immigrant nearing the end of his tale, he's become an odd sight to behold.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 17, 2013
    75
    It's a struggle at times, mostly because the action-movie clichés haven't been weeded out of the script, but the film is cheerfully, irresistibly destructive - an old-fashioned, "Rio Bravo" shoot-'em-up with the hicktown spirit of "Tremors," though it isn't as good as either.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jan 21, 2013
    70
    It's an enjoyably old-fashioned shoot-out, if you can shake off the current headlines and sink in to a fantasy of hyper-violence that plays like an NRA vision of America the Beautiful.
  8. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 18, 2013
    70
    If that sounds like Schwarzenegger might actually be called on to act this time, you're right. And to his credit, this is the loosest the guy's been in ages. His amiable banter rarely feels forced, and even the obligatory jokes about his age feel genuine.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 17, 2013
    70
    The movie comes up with a couple of tender moments that could pass for human, and a mano-a-mano climax in which the superhero of yore, the glint in his eye dulled but not extinguished, functions as a weirdly touching tyrannosaurus.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 17, 2013
    70
    Johnny Knoxville offers comic relief as the goofball proprietor of a back-road gun museum, which conveniently allows for an odd assortment of weapons to be used in the climactic battle. It's that kind of movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 17, 2013
    70
    Kim finally lets loose, and the imaginatively choreographed mayhem that ensues - culminating in two fast cars chasing each other across a pesky cornfield - can be a wonder to behold.
  12. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Jan 16, 2013
    67
    Despite his acknowledged age, creaking bones, and reduced nerve, Schwarzenegger still delivers quite a performance in this fun, straight-ahead action film.
  13. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 17, 2013
    63
    The film, directed by South Korean Jee-woon Kim, hits all the necessary action beats and effectively blends in the humor.
  14. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Jan 26, 2013
    60
    Kim Jee-woon's riff on the western is an entertaining frolic back-loaded with gore and guffaws. Arnie's back!
  15. Reviewed by:  Nick de Semlyen
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Arnie's toe-dip back into the action-cinema pool is a daft bit of fluff rather than a bruising mission statement. Get through the plot and you'll be rewarded with 30 minutes of whirligig mayhem.
  16. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jan 21, 2013
    60
    Is it a coincidence that classic action is making its comeback at the same time Schwarzenegger is making his own? Hey, he warned us he'd be back.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 18, 2013
    60
    The director does pull off a pretty magnificent cornfield car chase - two sleek vehicles cut through a thick, shaggy carpet of maize like souped-up harvesters, the movie's way of saying that the simple country life needn't be devoid of thrills. But Jee-woon takes too long to wrap things up, fumbling repeatedly on his way to an ending.
  18. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    58
    The bloodshed speaks volumes enough, though, even if it takes some time getting to the mayhem proper.
  19. Reviewed by: Mark Zhuravsy
    Jan 17, 2013
    58
    The Last Stand delivers -- up to a point. Keep those expectations reasonable and try not to be disappointed.
  20. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jan 28, 2013
    50
    If only Kim had a sense of humor to match his visual wit. Instead, we get rusted gags and rubbery acting.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 21, 2013
    50
    Kim doesn't sweat interweaving his story threads in any tightly controlled way. Just when the need-for-speed stuff really starts to gain traction, he'll shift for a surprisingly lengthy stretch to comic relief with the deputies and local wacko Johnny Knoxville.
  22. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    Sure, violence in movies isn't violence in real life. And when you combine it with intelligent dialogue and pointed social commentary (a la "Django Unchained"), it can be cathartic. But The Last Stand, absent either of these things, just seems to want to gin up a lot of high-fiving for a lot of shooting, and right now is the least palatable time I can think of for that.
  23. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    Almost certainly, The Last Stand will not be Schwarzenegger's last. For better or for worse (and this is somewhere right in the middle), he is back.
  24. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a small town sheriff is ludicrous, but then that's the whole point of his new movie: It's dumb fun, emphasis on the dumb.
  25. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 15, 2013
    50
    [The Director] is especially good at integrating his New Mexico locations into the action, from a key combat scene on a bridge to a car chase that unfolds, with limited visibility, in a cornfield...Kim's handling of his first English-speaking cast isn't quite as assured, although everyone more or less gets by
  26. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 17, 2013
    40
    So to call this a good movie is really a stretch; it's more like 38 percent of a good movie. But it probably has just enough dumb fun and pointless violence and car chases to seem like a highly viable option for large numbers of people this weekend.
  27. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 17, 2013
    40
    The script is a mess, built on lazy clichés, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm.
  28. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 17, 2013
    40
    The South Korean director Kim Jee-woon fails to dazzle with the endless speeding-car sequences, but that 60-second flourish during a lengthy firefight is almost worth the tedium.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 15, 2013
    40
    Not the worst but is very far from the best film the star has made in his career.
  30. 38
    It's a junky, crowd-pleasing movie of sidekicks – Guzman and Knoxville – bad acting, over the top shootouts, and catch phrases.
  31. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jan 17, 2013
    38
    While the cast includes Luis Guzman (as a buffoonish deputy) and Johnny Knoxville (as a local gun nut), there's no sense that these are real people in a real town, and Schwarzenegger's Sheriff Owens has the weakest backstory of all.
  32. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 17, 2013
    25
    The movie equivalent of an idiot who, to avoid scorn, starts acting like an even bigger idiot, so as to get in on the joke, too...It takes everything and nothing seriously, depending on what the filmmakers think they can get away with at any given moment, and the result, while not painful to watch, is ridiculous.
  33. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 17, 2013
    25
    That's the thing about this corpse pileup of an action movie. It persistently tries to drag the audience down to its mindless level.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    Fast cars, wild action, enough guns to make Joe Biden change his diaper. Like a grandma with a shotgun pointed at your face what is not to love about this movie. This is all 80's throwback from a time when rated R movies were fun and cheesy. Almost all the actors get a LOL moment with the best reserved to old Arnie who does what he has done best for the past 30 years, delivering one liner after one liner. Full Review »
  2. Jan 21, 2013
    6
    Aside from the criminal misuse of Forrest Whitaker, this is a decent, light, fun film. The direction could have been MUCH tighter - there are far too many blank stares and dull silences, but the action sequences are creative, and it's the classic tale of small town heroes vs. the big bad crime syndicate - tough to go wrong there. If only there weren't a couple of 7 or 8 year old boys in my theater giggling their asses off every time someone had his head blown off... Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2013
    5
    Cliche after cliche, one-liner after one-liner, but the action set pieces are solid. Popcorn fun, nothing more. Arnold deserves better scripts, and we deserve a few good films he has left in him. Full Review »