Box art for X-Men The Last Stand

X-Men The Last Stand

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

A cure for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history -- for the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers to fit in.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

X-Men battle for their lives yet again. Tweens OK.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes comic-bookish violence: characters are repeatedly stabbed, shot, smashed, and variously injured (bloody gashes on faces or bodies, some -- on Wolverine -- healing themselves immediately), thrown against or through walls, exploded, burned, and frozen. Vehicles and buildings explode with fiery booms, the Golden Gate Bridge is lifted and crashed into Alcatraz Island, with violent shaking of humans driving on it. Human military units shoot weapons loaded with cure-bearing darts. In a flashback, a young boy tries to cut his wings off, causing bloody wounds. A passionate kiss leads to one character's death (off-screen), another passionate embrace leads to a violent clash. Mystique's blue suit looks painted on.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the theme of friendship and group unity, as well as the celebration of difference: The X-Men look after one another even when they are accused of being afflicted with a "disease" and offered a "cure." How do the X-Men challenge conformity and encourage creativity, even as they learn discipline and good manners at school? How do the several generations of X-Men come together to form an alternative, supportive family?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Oppressive overkill can suck the life from any hallowed institution. Even, dare say it, the X-Men.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, May 26, 2006

Fresh: I] found myself strangely moved by the sense of relationships, friendly and unfriendly, coming to an end in a dull return to normality in the world of humans and mutants.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Rotten: Director] Ratner makes a hash of the story and characters his predecessor brought to such complex, sympathetic life, delivering a pumped-up exercise in mayhem, carnage and blunt-force trauma.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, May 26, 2006

Audience Reviews

1 star

What a tremendous failure. This movie was a flash flop. The acting was disappointing, the story sucked, and the effects were too flashy. They killed off almost all the cool characters of the X-Men universe or took away there powers and I felt really cheated becuase I love the first two X-Men a lot. Its just all the actors whining or being assholes to eachother, nothing more. I hated this entry in the X-Men films and will never like it, and I am very ashamed of the X-Men fans who did, becaus eit truly ruined the whole series.

- DreamExtractor, Saturday, June 11, 2011