Last Action Hero
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Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as a pumped-up Shakespearian hero while an announcer bellows, "Something is rotten in Denmark -- and +Hamlet is taking out the trash!" This gag sets the stage for the post-modernist action epic The Last Action Hero. The film concerns Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), a lonely eleven-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak New York City reality by glorying in the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Danny's friend is an elderly movie projectionist, Nick (Robert Prosky), who lets Danny into the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is a lot of action in Last Action Hero, but the underlying story never ever quite works."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, "Last Action Hero" works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies. It's an inventive valentine made timeless by audacious shamelessness and shameless audacity."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Considered a dunderheaded big-budget flop in its day, Last Action Hero looks considerably better now in its creative self-parody. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Joyless, tastelss, and soulless, Last Action Hero can't decide if it's an actioner, a comedy or a spoof."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The pulse-pounding, sizzling pull of a Die Hard is absent."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The divergent puzzle pieces do not often fit together terribly well, in spite of their potential."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
"Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"It makes more than its share of missteps, yet the core of this action lampoon delivers a decent portion of laughs and mischief, giving Schwarzenegger and McTiernan an occasion to make fun of themselves while raising a little hell."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Try as I might, I can't bring myself to hate this movie"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Really would work if it ever really let audiences in what it was trying to accomplish."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
‑ Pete Croatto,
"A loud, overproduced, chaotic and incredibly stupid action-comedy that's neither thrilling nor funny."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
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