Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "X-Men: The Last Stand" On Shaky Ground

by | May 25, 2006 | Comments

We’ve only got one wide release this week, but it’s a biggie: "X-Men: The Last Stand." Brett Ratner is at the helm, virtually all the principle characters are back, and some major plot developments are in store for X-fans. Do the critics say "X" marks the spot, or do they feel this one wasn’t built to "Last?"

Within the superhero genre, the "X-Men" series has been something of a creative and commercial high-water mark, as well as a not-all-that-thinly-veiled commentary on the experiences of minorities and outsiders. So it may be something of a disappointment for fans of the series (and they are legion) to report that critics are pretty split on the third, and perhaps final, installment, "X-Men: The Last Stand." The plot involves the creation of a cure for mutantcy, and the divisions that it creates within the mutant community. Oh, and Jean Grey is back, and her return is, shall we say, fraught with complications. Some say the film continues the mix of drama and action, while others say it flirts with the strengths of the earlier films without matching them. At 52 percent on the Tomatometer, this is the worst-reviewed "X-Men" flick to date.

X-Men Movies:
80% — X-Men (2000)
87% — X2: X-Men United (2003)

Recent Brett Ratner Movies:
17% — After the Sunset (2004)
70% — Red Dragon (2002)
50% — Rush Hour 2 (2001)
52% — The Family Man (2000)
56% — Rush Hour (1998)

Tag Cloud

Emmy Nominations legend south america spanish international Ghostbusters festivals Apple TV+ Fantasy Photos Hallmark Paramount Pictures wonder woman Television Academy superhero transformers Fargo 2019 DC Universe fast and furious tv talk The Purge comic book movies SXSW gangster new star wars movies golden globe awards DGA Musical The Walt Disney Company batman FX on Hulu Sony Pictures 21st Century Fox MSNBC sports Marvel Studios 4/20 green book VICE USA Instagram Live serial killer American Society of Cinematographers scary movie chucky comiccon WGN Amazon Studios YouTube new zealand sitcom boxoffice Podcast Showtime stand-up comedy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Star Wars Paramount Paramount Plus Ovation all-time historical drama adenture spider-verse kaiju romantic comedy Warner Bros. breaking bad Rock directors ViacomCBS Lifetime Christmas movies slashers TruTV Country latino Year in Review Disney+ Disney Plus golden globes new york President Superheroes Lucasfilm A&E mission: impossible Infographic critics young adult films TCA Awards Musicals theme song Pet Sematary Calendar A24 stoner Writers Guild of America blaxploitation archives 2016 ABC Family Emmys Nat Geo FXX Image Comics Amazon Prime 45 Mindy Kaling Ellie Kemper Comic-Con@Home 2021 2021 Travel Channel 71st Emmy Awards Prime Video nature christmas movies 93rd Oscars Avengers award winner best Brie Larson hist summer TV parents elevated horror CBS reboot godzilla Animation scene in color series finale Fall TV miniseries adaptation 24 frames Awards Tour composers name the review CBS All Access Alien Premiere Dates New York Comic Con Amazon Disney Plus Star Wars Celebration PlayStation GIFs ID History El Rey HBO Max basketball TCA 2017 Best and Worst scene in color Lifetime asian-american talk show slasher Oscar ABC 2020 doctor who TBS Food Network Cartoon Network cats Pop TV ratings concert spy thriller SundanceTV Hollywood Foreign Press Association dragons kids know your critic documentaries Polls and Games Crackle crime drama SDCC OneApp Trivia The Arrangement quibi war spanish language versus saw Family CMT superman Film Festival obituary cartoon Chernobyl series Mystery Holidays laika a nightmare on elm street TV Sundance screen actors guild Nominations science fiction heist movie Britbox NBC black anime Countdown MTV Disney streaming service suspense sag awards comic books hispanic heritage month sequels live action RT21 RT History Comedy BAFTA TCA Best Picture Epix toronto mcc Bravo Opinion Mudbound jurassic park zombie Apple TV Plus Watching Series boxing satire VOD foreign TNT robots spider-man 20th Century Fox Fox News The Academy nbcuniversal video on demand Marathons Cannes revenge romance indie Vudu Fox Searchlight medical drama Pride Month PaleyFest Focus Features king arthur anthology comedies vampires pirates of the caribbean mob Rom-Com james bond See It Skip It Character Guide Heroines Pop streamig psycho hidden camera YouTube Red witnail Crunchyroll Anna Paquin rotten movies we love halloween mutant casting GoT Trailer Captain marvel video LGBT indiana jones Tomatazos travel japanese classics zombies supernatural fresh Adult Swim Summer 2017 Amazon Prime Video CNN DC streaming service Lionsgate Netflix Grammys Universal cults Sony First Reviews Film Tubi Marvel facebook Hallmark Christmas movies The CW richard e. Grant Pixar target scene in color aapi Walt Disney Pictures 79th Golden Globes Awards Native Awards joker summer TV preview VH1 game show Winners Superheroe movies Star Trek summer preview Trophy Talk 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards rotten interviews Pirates crime thriller Interview rom-coms Box Office singing competition Spring TV TV Land dark Sci-Fi Song of Ice and Fire Music YouTube Premium psychological thriller independent die hard Freeform Dark Horse Comics Wes Anderson Discovery Channel italian Valentine's Day ghosts X-Men IMDb TV Television Critics Association marvel comics free movies worst 72 Emmy Awards Logo Syfy Reality Competition dogs canceled Arrowverse rt archives Pacific Islander obi wan screenings Kids & Family cancelled TV series 1990s Spectrum Originals Disney Channel Geeked Week USA Network dc TCM 99% FOX binge cooking french Mary poppins docuseries period drama lord of the rings posters Apple based on movie technology black comedy cops Tarantino vs. Broadway Neflix adventure trophy Starz Thanksgiving Video Games Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt broadcast Martial Arts TV movies Masterpiece debate strong female leads book adaptation Universal Pictures Creative Arts Emmys nfl Indigenous cancelled scorecard 2015 crime harry potter telelvision BBC APB football high school CW Seed Elton John Academy Awards Peacock Tumblr Rocky YA Disney halloween tv Best Director genre action-comedy Shudder Action Sneak Peek PBS BBC One cinemax royal family Baby Yoda comic book movie TV One deadpool DC Comics discovery disaster cancelled television 2018 zero dark thirty Esquire 007 women HBO Comics on TV National Geographic Super Bowl DirecTV Tokyo Olympics WarnerMedia 94th Oscars venice live event FX biography Hear Us Out Turner Classic Movies Christmas politics Nickelodeon prank franchise cancelled TV shows blockbusters Turner GLAAD MGM hollywood San Diego Comic-Con Stephen King Certified Fresh television South by Southwest Film Festival stop motion Biopics Shondaland TV renewals Schedule animated ABC Signature mockumentary AMC Best Actor TIFF Marvel Television ITV HFPA Winter TV true crime australia Women's History Month Netflix Christmas movies Comic Book BET First Look twilight Endgame sequel Columbia Pictures rt labs critics edition social media justice league werewolf Tags: Comedy Mary Tyler Moore marvel cinematic universe LGBTQ Classic Film hispanic Funimation universal monsters Rocketman kong crossover Election police drama toy story NYCC scene in color film series Best Actress The Walking Dead aliens Comedy Central Drama Teen razzies Legendary TLC blockbuster space dramedy comics child's play comic Exclusive Video critic resources Quiz remakes teaser biopic japan target E! worst movies king kong AMC Plus SXSW 2022 diversity art house cars dreamworks Set visit news scary movies sopranos criterion jamie lee curtis leaderboard Cosplay E3 IFC Films The Witch feel good Binge Guide streaming movies Sundance Now natural history Acorn TV popular dexter BBC America HBO Go dceu Sundance TV olympics spinoff political drama thriller MCU streaming Black Mirror children's TV festival rt labs documentary OWN what to watch docudrama emmy awards renewed TV shows Reality canceled TV shows Oscars Toys TCA Winter 2020 Black History Month ESPN NBA monster movies Hulu Western Spike Mary Poppins Returns game of thrones Paramount Network trailers 90s Horror 73rd Emmy Awards Extras IFC spain reviews unscripted book BET Awards Holiday Red Carpet