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The Terminal (2004)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 200
Fresh: 121
Rotten: 79

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

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 21

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 405,784

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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:
Sacha Gervasi , Jeff Nathanson
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 23, 2004
Box Office:
$77.0M
Runtime:
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Terminal

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (79) | DVD (22)

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

Even in the desolation of an airport lounge at midnight, Viktor is too pure, we realize, to entertain the ghost of a dirty thought.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

A feel-good film of such originality and sweetness in a summer of otherwise derivative sequels and remakes that it practically qualifies for miracle status.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

This is the first time in my life I wanted to spend more time in an airport terminal, and Spielberg is just such a brilliant filmmaker; the things he does with light and with motion and some amazing tracking shots.

Full Review… | June 21, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made.

Full Review… | June 19, 2004
Salon.com
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
eFilmCritic.com

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

It's the type of movie that would easily entertain any viewer.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005
Cinema Sight

Hanks is excellent and I applaud Spielberg for delving into some new territory.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

There are story threads that play out enjoyably, and other threads end up going nowhere. Enjoy the film from scene to scene, since there are definite pleasures along the way.

Full Review… | June 25, 2005
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

Hanks' overdone slapstick antics and awful accent ... keep this featherweight farce from taking flight.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

The film loses its hushed sense of 'lost-in-the-system' hopelessness and becomes a silly, 'let's all put on a show!' feel-gooder that misses more often not.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Freeze Dried Movies

What's shocking here is the inanity of it all.

Full Review… | March 14, 2005
Dark Horizons

It seems he's happy to continue viewing the world in black and white.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
NYC Film Critic

The film concludes with a ten-car pile-up of sentimental resolutions.

January 15, 2005
Christianity Today

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Full Review… | November 14, 2004
EmanuelLevy.Com

The politically connotative mechanics of the plot are utterly superfluous--a good 3/4th of the plot is of a throwaway nature.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Film Experience

Una fábula actual de la capacidad de encontrarnos, de no perdernos, o de todo al mismo tiempo.

September 20, 2004
Cinenganos

So satisfied with its feel-good status, it seems oblivious to the bad casting decisions

Full Review… | September 7, 2004
Times [UK]

Something of a disappointment, despite solid work from Hanks and Tucci -- it's as if Spielberg assembled all the ingredients for a great film and then decided to experiment and threw away the recipe.

Full Review… | September 4, 2004
ViewLondon

Far less cuddly than expected, this unusual and elegant movie may have failed to connect with US audiences but it proves Spielberg is currently the most unpredictable director in Hollywood.

Full Review… | September 4, 2004
Empire Magazine

Hanks is a likeable actor but rarely a subtle one. Viktor is another cutesy emotional heart-tugger in the Forrest Gump mould, all galumphing slapstick.

Full Review… | August 31, 2004
BBC.com

Audience Reviews for The Terminal

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.

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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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A feel-good comedy that is very different. I highly recommend watching it!

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Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

The Terminal is a good drama film with a good cast. The film is good, and the cast definitely make it worth watching. Tom Hanks gives a great performance here, and the cast starring opposite him, deliver good performances as well. The Terminal is s different style of film for Steven Spielberg and he does a fine job. The Terminal blends drama and comedy very well, and though the film isn't perfect, I found it quite entertaining. The Terminal isn't one of Spielberg's best, but for what it is, it's definitely not his worst. The film is enjoyable, has a good story, good acting and good cast. This is a change of direction for Steven Spielberg, and he does pull it off, however, of the films I've seen of his, The Terminal is one of the weaker efforts he's directed. If the film wouldn't have the good cast it has, maybe the film wouldn't be as good as it is. Luckily like with every one of Spielberg's films, he always picks a good cast, and he chose wisely with Tom Hanks. Hanks is the best part of the film, and he's amusing to watch on-screen. The film is good for what it is, but it's nothing extraordinary or phenomenal as what many critics have said about the film. I enjoyed this film for what it is, and I enjoyed the fact that Steven Spielberg directed something different. This is a good film with a good amount of drama and comedy, and it definitely is a must see film.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The Terminal Quotes


Janitor:
Do you have an appointment?
– Submitted by Shen S (21 months ago)
Delores Torres:
Let me ask you something, Mr. Navorski. Why do you wait here two hours every day when I've told you there's nothing I can do for you - that your new visa will not arrive until your country is recognized by the United States?
Viktor Navorski:
You... you have two stamp. One red, one green.
Delores Torres:
So?
Viktor Navorski:
So, I have chance go New York, 50-50.
Delores Torres:
[laughs] Yes, that's a beautiful way to look at it. But America doesn't work that way.
– Submitted by Manuela V (22 months ago)
Amelia Warren:
You told me you were delayed, you never said it was for nine months!
– Submitted by Manuela V (22 months ago)
Delores Torres:
Let me ask you something, Mr. Navorski. Why do you wait here two hours every day when I've told you there's nothing I can do for you - that your new visa will not arrive until your country is recognized by the United States?
Viktor Navorski:
You... you have two stamp. One red, one green.
Delores Torres:
So?
Viktor Navorski:
So, I have chance go New York, 50-50.
Delores Torres:
Yes, that's a beautiful way to look at it. But America doesn't work that way.
– Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
Frank Dixon:
I'm just curious. You are the kind of woman who can get any guy she wants. Why Viktor Navorski?
Amelia Warren:
That's something a guy like you could never understand.
– Submitted by Keith W (3 years ago)
Viktor Navorski:
Medicine is for goat.
– Submitted by Keith W (3 years ago)

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