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Twins (1988)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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The central "gimmick" of the comedy-adventure Twins is established early on. Unbeknownst to one another, king-sized Arnold Schwarzenegger and gnomeish Danny De Vito are twin brothers. Even better: Schwarzenegger is a mild-mannered, bookish type, while De Vito is a vitriolic troublemaker. The film takes satiric jabs at the notion of "perfect" genetics, and makes several pointed comments concerning the dangers of youthful pre-conditioning by insensitive parents. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



May 26, 1998

Universal Pictures

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Director Ivan Reitman more than delivers on the wacky promise of Twins in this nutty, storybook tale of siblings separated at birth and reunited at age 35.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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DeVito displays his remarkable ability to shift from fast-talking cynicism to affecting sentiment, while Arnie reveals a reasonable talent for light comedy.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The sort of movie that seems to be made of Styrofoam. It's instantly disposable but it won't quickly disappear.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's enough sugary male bonding to warrant a Sensitive Guys Red Alert.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It is an engaging entertainment with some big laughs and a sort of warm goofiness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here was a former Mr Universe [Arnold Schwarzenegger], by reputation one of the 'fittest' men in the world, looking as if walking normally is surprisingly hard work. Perhaps he really was acting after all.

July 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Reitman (one of the highest grossing directors of all time) has made a career peddling brain-dead schlock, but this tiresome gruel is even below his ground-level standards.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The film feels, rather than the solid comedy it is, like a massive missed opportunity.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Schwarzenegger proves to be mildly amusing, but DeVito seems to be coasting on his past reputation as an audience pleaser.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This movie improves with depression.

October 22, 2003
New Times

An idea that began and ended with the casting session.

February 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Funny Ah-nold

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Ivan Reitman is the modern "King of Comedy." Yeah, right

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The script of this film is a mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Twins

Not really what I would call a great movie. Arnie seriously can't act! However, it has some 80's charm, particularly the romance between the twins and the sisters. Kelly Preston in particular, I really like here. She is nice with Arnie's too sweet to be real character. A few minor laughs and a lot of eye rolls. You probably won't be too unhappy if you catch this on tv for free as I did. Not a must see, but harmless viewing.
March 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

Gosh, whenever I see Schwarzenegger and DeVito together I just can't tell them apart, their like twins or something! :) What a ridiculous movie! I think this was the starting point in the downfall of Arnold's acting career. I mean, he was cool before this movie! Anyway, this movie isn't terrible, but it isn't good either.
November 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! I love Arnold!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A watchable, comical film, that has lasted an age and still seems to come across in the same way.

Easy watching fun.
June 19, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Julius Benedict: All theory, no practice. Story of my life.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Morris Klane: Uh oh, he's doing the funny talk again...
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Julius Benedict: I was trying to distract him so you could escape.
    2. Vincent Benedict: I was already escaping! By the time you got here, I was already halfway to Brazil!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Vincent Benedict: Yeah, tell your brother, that if he messes with me, he messes with my whole family!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Julius Benedict: You have no respect for logic. And I have no respect for people who have no respect for logic.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
    1. Julius Benedict: We're non-identical.
    2. Vincent Benedict: Oh yeah, 'cos as soon as I walked into this room, I felt like I was looking into a mirror.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (21 months ago)
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