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.

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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

Fresh: There's a lot going on in this film %u2013- too much, really...

- Brandon Fibbs,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Though it's not the best installment of the series, with many, many present flaws, it sure is a very entertaining film...

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fresh: Yes, Ratners music-video attention span and inability to linger on a shot ... blunts the impact of some of the] big emotional moments. Nonetheless, he liked Singers films as much as you did, and he hasnt tried to fix what ain't broke.

- Gary Susman, Boston Phoenix, Saturday, April 25, 2009

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

1 star

img]] Brett Ratner's climax to the X-Men trilogy is an insult to it's intellectual and passionate predecessors that are among the best comic book hero films of all time. Anyone who is a genuine fan of the X-Men movies should understand there are so many things wrong with this dumb, dull and heartless explosion fest. Firstly "the plot" so to speak, is incomprehensible and deeply flawed and apart from picking up on our heroes mission to protect a mutant cure nothing in it makes sense. Secondly, the political subtext and the debates and interpretations of discrimination discussed in the first two art house masterpieces are appaulingly replaced with loads of unnecessary violence and annoyingly loud explosions galore. There's also a lot of painfully cheesy dialogue and minus the developed characters Bryan Singer brought to the original and X2. If you watch this lackluster you aren't being a true X-Men fan, your giving hack directors like Brett Ratner money for ruining something you truly love and care about. It's intolerable, it's boring, it's got no character interaction and nothing ever actually adds up to anything. However, the most rotten and unforgivable thing about this film is how anticlimatic and depressingly heartless it acts when it comes to the demutantisation of Mystique and the tragic death of Scott and Charles Xavier. The producers and screenwriters obviously had no care for the fans whatsoever because it seems to me like they knew nothing about X-Men making it and what it actually means to some people.

- aquateen2, Monday, May 7, 2012

4 stars

To be honest there are none of the X-men movies I like, except for Last Stand, especially since this is the one X-men film that everyone seems to hate which I don't understand. I mean yes it does have a more action oriented director under the name of Brett Ratner (Tower heist, Red Dragon, Horrible Bosses,) But he did a good job at making this an extremely entertaining superhero film unlike the first two and the other films following. While the film does majorly prefer an action focus much more than a story focus and I know many X-men fans were pissed about that, I really didn't mind that, and I feel for the grand finale on the main trilogy of films (even if it hints twice at a sequel that never happened.) I like the inclusion of some of the other superheroes like Colossus, Archangel, and Jubilee (Even if they aren't really used to their full potential) and the inclusion of Juggernaut was just hilarious. And the film also did have some balls I think to kill off such a big characters such as Xavier *supposedly.* And while I don't remember much of the plot outside of the protection of a boy and a gene that can turn mutants into normal humans and the good guys are using it to fight the bad guys and Jean Grey comes back from the dead somehow, I don't really get a lot of it that much but all I really cared about in the end was how the film was all going to end and I think it came out with a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, especially with the fantastic mutant battle. Again, while it is definitely stupid, I'd say give it a try and give it a chance unlike every X-men fanboy that bashes it.

- skeletonking101, Saturday, February 9, 2013