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Last Action Hero

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Superstar Schwarzenegger bursts through the screen as a bigger-than-life movie hero in this non-stop over-the-top adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    38%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spoof/critique of action films has itself an excessive amount of violence, explosions, and killings. While kids may love this, the sheer number of people who are killed or plotted to be killed (at least 15) make it too much for younger kids. Jack's son is killed and daughter kidnapped, and Danny nearly dies as well. Jack is shot and nearly dies, bubbling up blood from his mouth. Also, several characters smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the critique this film makes of action films. List some of the differences between the movie world and the real world. What does this film tell you about the world the movie industry creates? How realistic is it? At times, do you believe that the movie world is an accurate depiction of the real world? Why? When?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    38%
    reviews counted: 16
    see all Last Action Hero reviews
  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, BrianOrndorf.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: 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, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Another real person stepping into a movie screen, movie characters stepping out into the real world plot device. I don't think the main kid character hold the picture together very well. I don't care for the action. Schwarzenegger and the villain are sooo cartoonish. The concept is not carried out very well from my adult perspective, but I know there is an audience for it.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 stars

I remember watching this for the first time when I was 10 or 11...and that was the last time, but, I remember being very entertained by it. I need to watch it again some time soon.

- LitelBluHli, Saturday, June 28, 2008

2 stars

It has some moments, but it's just a parody of a genre that it's already a parody to begin with.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Saturday, June 21, 2008