Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Arnold Makes a Satisfying Return in The Last Stand

Plus, Mama is a mixed bag, and Broken City doesn't match its ambitions.

by | January 17, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a border skirmish (The Last Stand, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville), haunted children (Mama, starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and a shady election (Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe). What do the critics have to say?

The Last Stand


It’s been a decade since Arnold Schwarzenegger toplined a movie. And though the former governor of California shows signs of age in The Last Stand, critics say the movie is a reasonably satisfying meat-and-potatoes action flick that harkens back to Schwarzenegger’s 1980s heyday. The Governator stars as the sheriff of a small border town who becomes the last line of defense when a notorious cartel leader and his heavily-armed henchmen attempt to escape into Mexico. The pundits say The Last Stand is a formulaic action flick, but one that’s elevated by Schwarzenegger’s assured presence, and the result is violent, exuberant fun. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames, in which we present a pictoral history of Schwarzenegger’s films.)



Mama is a ghost story with a strong pedigree: it stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and was executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro. But while some critics say the movie is chilling and atmospheric, others find it clichéd and unable to fulfill its potential. Two sisters disappeared the day their mother was murdered, and after years of searching, their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) find the girls and bring them home. But soon, the sisters seem to be communicating with a spectral entity. The pundits say Mama is elegant and spooky, but it chills more than it scares and some feel it doesn’t fully develop its intriguing setup.

Broken City


Broken City is an ambitious political thriller with neo-noir crime elements. Unfortunately, critics say a fine cast can’t save the film’s overstuffed and implausible script. Mark Wahlberg stars as Billy Taggart, an ex-cop-turned-private eye who’s hired by New York City Mayor Nicolas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to investigate his philandering wife; soon, Taggart has uncovered evidence of a far-reaching conspiracy. The pundits say Broken City has its moments, but it’s too familiar and contrived to work as a whole.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Birders: The Central Park Effect, a documentary about the folks who observe our feathered friends in the heart of New York City, is at 100 percent.
  • Hors Satan, a drama about a teenage girl who befriends a mysterious hermit, is at 78 percent.
  • Here and There, a drama about a migrant worker reuniting with his family in Mexico, is at 50 percent.
  • LUV, starring Common and Dennis Haysbert in a coming-of-age drama about an 11-year-old who spends a day with his ex-con uncle, is at 33 percent.

Finally, props to Bentley Lyles for coming the closest to guessing A Haunted House‘s eight percent Tomatometer.>

Tag Cloud

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