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Director Joe Dante and his producer, Steven Spielberg, are reunited for a darkly comic, and ultimately weak knockoff of their magical 1984 creation, "Gremlins."
...this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.
I can't think of a Hollywood entertainment I've enjoyed as much all year, and both audiences I saw the movie with seemed delighted as well.
Small Soldiers deserves to be re-evaluated, which fortunately also means that it can finally be enjoyed, too.
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.
Fortunately, it's possible to ignore the morals entirely and simply enjoy the filmmakers' skill at creating carefully contained mayhem in a microcosm.
Works as an adventure film and another fine Joe Dante creature feature...
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.
This live-action, animated feature has all the charm of the entirely animated Toy Story plus an audacity all of its own.
Smart satirical action-comedy about talking action toys.
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