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729 Ratings

Small Soldiers

Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1998
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi


When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

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Small Soldiers Directed by Joe Dante
It surely disguises a smart, cynical satire as a Burger King toy, no matter how many reviewers missed it at the time, and setting the film alongside what it satirizes would draw that out deliciously.
December 28, 2016
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One of Joe Dante’s tilt-shift satires, where prejudices/desires/America get miniaturized to the size of toys (see also GREMLINS 2, MATINEE, certain parts of LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION) and tossed around, burned, played with… Some of Dante’s funniest material is here, as is some of his creepiest, like the scene where an army of sentient Barbie dolls tie Dunst while blasting a Led Zeppelin song.
May 28, 2010
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Although Small Soldiers (1998) occasionally feels like it is treading old ground, with its echoes of Gremlins, it is still an entertaining movie, showing a small suburban town overrun by toy soldiers fitted with computer chips to make them fight for real.
May 01, 2003
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