The Terminal (2004)



Critic Consensus: Tom Hanks and the rest of the amiable cast make this bumpy ride worth sitting through.

Movie Info

Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge, until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief language and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Nathanson, Sacha Gervasi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Box Office: $77.0M
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Critic Reviews for The Terminal

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (47)

It's an odd fable: Viktor is the mysterious visitor who shows us what the American Dream is all about-in the movie's terms, compassion for others -- without ever wanting to become an American himself.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Lovely and well worth sharing with your family.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

A crowd-pleasing and entertaining film about humanity and heart with excellent performances and competent directing from Spielberg.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Amiable if rather toothless fable.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

A great filmmaker doing minor work.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The Terminal's conclusion was as awkward and aloof as O'Hare Airport in December.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Terminal

A sweet, heartwarming movie nothing more nothing less.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Terminal is a completely charming look at one foreign man's unfortunate situation, stuck in an airport without a country. It's a little unbelievable but a good setting nonetheless for this comedic fish-out-of-water slice of life. Tom Hanks plays Viktor so effortlessly; the character reminds me of Andy Kaufman's "foreign man, "but Viktor's more believable. Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous as always but more vulnerable here. I fell in love with her. The whole supporting cast is good; I liked the unexpected moments best, like the Indian janitor juggling during Viktor and Amelia's date.

This Spielberg-directed picture may not be Philadelphia or Schindler's List, but I enjoyed it much more than most romantic comedies. It's the sweetest story I've seen in some time, though I do wish for a better ending for Amelia (Jones). The moral is something like: Some things are worth waiting for. It's a little sappy melodramatic, but you'll feel good after anyway.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

a good drama film with a good cast. The film is good, and the cast definitely make it worth watching.

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