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Small Soldiers

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Joe Dante

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About the Movie

After the defense industry firm Globotech takes over a small toy company, Heartland Play Systems' CEO Gil Mars (Denis Leary) gives the green light to develop a new line of action figures, requesting an upgrade to more realistic figures from Heartland toy designers Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) and fumbling Irwin Wayfair (David Cross). Mars wants toys that act like the ones in TV commercials. The results are fierce fighting figures, the Commando Elite, programmed to seek out and destroy the kindly alien-like Gorgonites. In an effort to make the toys as natural as possible, Benson inserts Globotech's most powerful military computer chips. When the Gorgonite leader Archer (voice of Frank Langella) begins communicating with Alan, it causes the Commandos to perceive humans as another enemy, simply by their association with the "Gorgonite scum," so an attack on the Abernathy house begins. Unfortunately, the Gorgonites can offer only limited assistance, since they have been programmed to lose.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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48%
  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As with many films in which special effects are the real stars, the technology here commands more respect and interest than the material otherwise warrants. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Though it starts promisingly, the picture ends as a standoff between the affection Dante and company bring to the project and its increasingly frenetic and tiresome emphasis on what special effects can make its little people do. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 28, 2006

Fresh: Fortunately, it's possible to ignore the morals entirely and simply enjoy the filmmakers' skill at creating carefully contained mayhem in a microcosm. – Scott Rosenberg, Salon.com, Apr 16, 2003

Fresh: This live-action, animated feature has all the charm of the entirely animated Toy Story plus an audacity all of its own. – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 16, 2003

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Customer Reviews

wat is not to like

this movie should be a classic it is so good u cant not like it

A Childhood Classic

A childhood classic to say the least. Really funny, good humor. One of my favorite of all time. But it can get cheesy at times. Especially becuase the dolls movement isn't the best. But heck, its an old movie, give it a break.

i like it

the gorgonites sound a little dorky. if they have Joe dante's SMALL SOLDIERS, y cant they have my fav. movie from him, GREMLINS. That is really funny!!i realy like this movie

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