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The Terminal (2004)

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60

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 120 | Rotten: 79

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

53

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

Shot almost entirely on a two-and-a-half-story recreation of a full-size operating airport terminal, this romantic comedy from director Steven Spielberg revolves around an Eastern European man by the name of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), whose plans of immigrating to New York were hastened by a violent coup in his home country. Unfortunately, Viktor finds himself on the wrong end of a nasty technicality while en route to America: His passport was issued from a country, which, during its upheaval,

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson

Nov 23, 2004

$77.0M

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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.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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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 | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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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.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (2)
New York Observer
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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.

June 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made.

June 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (2)
Salon.com
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Lovely and well worth sharing with your family.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Amiable if rather toothless fable.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

A great filmmaker doing minor work.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

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

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com | Comment (1)

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

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Comment (1)

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.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

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

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

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

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

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

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

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

January 15, 2005
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November 14, 2004 Full Review
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The politically connotative mechanics of the plot are utterly superfluous--a good 3/4th of the plot is of a throwaway nature.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Experience
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

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
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.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

August 31, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

...it's impossible to shake the feeling that [The Terminal] belongs on the small screen.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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.
January 31, 2014
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.
December 6, 2012
A feel-good comedy that is very different. I highly recommend watching it!
December 6, 2011
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.
October 23, 2011
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Janitor: Do you have an appointment?
    – Submitted by Shen S (15 months ago)
    1. 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?
    2. Viktor Navorski: You... you have two stamp. One red, one green.
    3. Delores Torres: So?
    4. Viktor Navorski: So, I have chance go New York, 50-50.
    5. Delores Torres: [laughs] Yes, that's a beautiful way to look at it. But America doesn't work that way.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (16 months ago)
    1. Amelia Warren: You told me you were delayed, you never said it was for nine months!
    – Submitted by Victoria A (16 months ago)
    1. 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?
    2. Viktor Navorski: You... you have two stamp. One red, one green.
    3. Delores Torres: So?
    4. Viktor Navorski: So, I have chance go New York, 50-50.
    5. 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)
    1. Frank Dixon: I'm just curious. You are the kind of woman who can get any guy she wants. Why Viktor Navorski?
    2. Amelia Warren: That's something a guy like you could never understand.
    – Submitted by Keith W (2 years ago)
    1. Viktor Navorski: Medicine is for goat.
    – Submitted by Keith W (2 years ago)
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