Small Soldiers
Small Soldiers (1998)

Director Joe Dante and his producer, Steven Spielberg, are reunited for a darkly comic, and ultimately weak knockoff of their magical 1984 creation, "Gremlins."

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

...this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Small Soldiers deserves to be re-evaluated, which fortunately also means that it can finally be enjoyed, too.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Scott Rosenberg

Fortunately, it's possible to ignore the morals entirely and simply enjoy the filmmakers' skill at creating carefully contained mayhem in a microcosm.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Works as an adventure film and another fine Joe Dante creature feature...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

This live-action, animated feature has all the charm of the entirely animated Toy Story plus an audacity all of its own.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smart satirical action-comedy about talking action toys.

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Joshua Wilburn
I remember when I was young and loved this movie. When I watch it now I realized how bad the acting was from the kids and how many racist slers Tommy Lee… More
Phil Hubbs
I saw this when it first came out in the cinema way way back in good old 1998, the air was cleaner back then. *Cough!* sorry!...anyway I didn't really like… More
Chris Weber
Joe Dante takes the helm for this movie which is basically a combination of his own film Gremlins with Toy Story, and concerns a bunch of action figures named… More
Melvin White
Major Chip Hazard: If it lacerates or detonates, I want it mobile and I want it lethal.  "The few, the proud, and the small." I hadn't watched… More
Aj V
No, it's not the first time that toys were brought to life, but that doesn't mean that this film is ripping off any other film. In this one, the toys… More