The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter (1984)

Trailer-park teenager Lance Guest regularly escapes from his humdrum existence by playing the video game Starfighter. His expertise at this recreational endeavor attracts the attention of affable stranger Robert Preston. Before he knows… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 13, 1984
DVD Release Date: June 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The plot is as barebones a space movie will allow, but The Last Starfighter captures an era and eager style of filmmaking well.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Great fun, with some truly comical moments; a must for pulp-heads and video-junkies.

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Brian Orndorf

One of the few successful Spielberg clones, administering the usual routine of aliens and mouth-agape wonder with friendly determination and a perfect, just perfect, game boy screenwriting hook.

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Keith Breese

the rousing kind of kid flick that inspires ten-year-old boys to grab broomsticks, storm the neighborhood hill, and go nuts on pretend aliens with ridiculous faux karate moves.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It embraces its derivativeness and runs with it to deliver a fun kids space opera that's simple, but exciting.

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Sean Axmaker

The simplistic plot and simple story work thanks to the energy and light touch of director Nick Castle.

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Steve Crum

Definite "Star Wars" influenced, this trailer park adventure takes off, succeeds on own.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

full of 80s cheese, but for someone like me who grew up with this kind of stuff, it was the perfect escape

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Charmingly hokey...takes the suburban-working-class-folks-meet-space-aliens paradigm of early Spielberg and marries it to Lucas' Star Wars. [Blu-ray]

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Gerry Shamray
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Overlooked sci-fi tale. Great fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Last Star Fighter is an entertaining Sci Fi action adventure that I quite enjoyed. Although not perfect, the film is very entertaining from start to finish.… More
Conner Rainwater
I really don't care if this is a so-called rip off of Star Wars, it's too amazing and fun to be just as simple as that. This really takes the… More
Thomas Bowler
Despite the obvious Star Wars overtones/wholesale rip-offs, this is a fun film with some great scenes. Full review later.
Tim Salmons
Goofy as can be, but enjoyable.
Aj V
Even for a sci-fi movie the story is really out there, and not in a good way. This movie is corny and predictable. I didn't care for it.
Jason Owens
A movie I've seen a few times, once recently, that my dad always had taped. I'm surprised he had it taped because he never cared much for video games,… More