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Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.

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Movie Reviews:
  • 88
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    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. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    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. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    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. ...

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    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. ...

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Scott Foundas
    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. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    Despite his acknowledged age, creaking bones, and reduced nerve, Schwarzenegger still delivers quite a performance in this fun, straight-ahead action film. ...read more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The film, directed by South Korean Jee-woon Kim, hits all the necessary action beats and effectively blends in the humor. ...read more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Jamie Graham
    Kim Jee-woon's riff on the western is an entertaining frolic back-loaded with gore and guffaws. Arnie's back! ...read more

  • 60
    Empire - by Nick de Semlyen
    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. ...read more

  • 60
    Movieline - by Amy Nicholson
    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. ...read more

  • 58
    Film.com - by William Goss
    The bloodshed speaks volumes enough, though, even if it takes some time getting to the mayhem proper. ...read more

  • 58
    The Playlist - by Mark Zhuravsy
    The Last Stand delivers -- up to a point. Keep those expectations reasonable and try not to be disappointed. ...read more

  • 50
    The New Yorker - by Anthony Lane
    If only Kim had a sense of humor to match his visual wit. Instead, we get rusted gags and rubbery acting. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    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. ...

  • 50
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    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. ...read more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Connie Ogle
    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. ...read more

  • 40
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    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. ...read more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    The script is a mess, built on lazy clichés, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm. ...read more

  • 40
    The New York Times - by Neil Genzlinger
    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. ...

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    Not the worst but is very far from the best film the star has made in his career. ...read more

  • 38
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    It's a junky, crowd-pleasing movie of sidekicks – Guzman and Knoxville – bad acting, over the top shootouts, and catch phrases. ...read more

  • 38
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    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. ...read more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    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. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    This is the kind of action film you’ve seen before done better, and while the technological aspects may be more polished than most, the theatrical experience still feels considerably small-screen.