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Predator (1987)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 385,128

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Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has a code of honor which he will not violate, even when his life depends on it. Paradoxically, his code of honor gives him the backbone to survive as a military special forces operative when he is sent on a covert mission to rescue another group which was sent in to assist some nefarious U.S. government plan in a Latin American country. Once there, he encounters an old army buddy (Carl Weathers) who has gotten too deep in the CIA's good graces for Dutch's comfort. … More

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror
Directed By:
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Written By:
Jim Thomas , John Thomas , Fred Dekker
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 26, 2000
Runtime:
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for Predator

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (9) | DVD (58)

Despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With its stilted dialogue and hammy acting, the film has the look of an expensive production but the feel of a B movie, delivering the sort of undemanding monster mayhem Arnie's fans have come to expect.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is so lean, so exciting and so imaginative that you can watch it every month or two, year in and year out, and never get tired of it.

August 11, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Alternately grisly and dull.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a slick, high-energy action picture that takes a lot of its strength from its steamy locations in Mexico.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's the perfect blend of explosive machismo and thrills where the setting is almost as ominous as the terrifying extra-terrestrial villain.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

A very testosterone laced action thriller...

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Cinema Crazed

A hell of a lot of fun and plenty of testosterone.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

It achieves a sort of sublime purity: it is Action Movie, nothing more and nothing less.

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

films that understand that when Shane rode away at the end, he was probably just looking for a place to die.

Full Review… | July 5, 2010
Film Freak Central

The level of beefcakery reaches hilarious proportions...

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
LarsenOnFilm

Predictability ultimately hurts it, while the creature itself and the battles and special effects save the day.

Full Review… | June 27, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Just about the epitome of '80s macho action.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

The scariest thing about Predator is that its lead actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is currently serving as governor of California.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
Filmcritic.com

An unpleasant action thriller that's about as thrilling as watching a fixed fight in the pro wrestling circuit.

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fast paced, high testosterone, edge-of-the-seat experience...

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Film4

A dumber version of the Alien franchise, but this initial picture works anyway, as an atmospheric exercise in pure, primal action with a science-fiction-y twist. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Groucho Reviews

one fo the coolest movies ever

March 8, 2008

One of the best sci-fi/action films ever made.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
Goatdog's Movies

One of Schwarzenegger's best.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oddly, the special effects have dated quite well, and the action scenes -- shot by relative newcomer John McTiernan -- work well, despite a few clunky spots.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Even with the rise of the governator, the complicated case made by Predator -- against mainstream movie violence, CIA shenanigans and U.S. imperialism -- perseveres.

Full Review… | March 27, 2005
PopMatters

Easily one of Schwarzenegger's best action movies, Predator represents one of the 80s' best all-around shoot 'em up sci-fi thrillers.

Full Review… | February 7, 2005
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Predator

What if the victims in a horror film were ready for a fight ... were in fact a crack team of mercenaries? That's the opening premise of this 80's pulse pounder that centerpiece is the dream faceoff of Ahnold against the space alien. B movie aesthetics, A movie thrills.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

A corny if effectively made poor-man's "Alien" concerning a group of soldiers (led by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who are sent in on a rescue mission, only to find that they have been lied too by the government and in amongst the Central American forests lie a creature that is intent on stalking them and killing them one by one. As said, this film is really, really corny, with a predictable-enough storyline of each of these soldiers being picked off one by one by the monster as if in some teen horror flick. However, with that said, this does not mean that it is not ferociously entertaining, due to crowd-pleasing talents like Arnold and Carl Weathers taking up a large chunk of the screen-time. The final showdown between Arnold and the Predator brings the goods and some, where director John McTiernan is allowed to flex his muscle and skill in ratcheting up the suspense. The special effects have also aged extremely well, and the introduction of the creature, being that we only see his point of view through heat sensors, is a nice choice. Enjoyable, tightly paced, beautifully photographed, and fun to watch, somehow, despite being ridiculous and lacking in character development to a large extent, "Predator" still gets it done.

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Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Featuring plenty of action and violence, this is like a Vietnam version of 'Aliens'. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite squad. With some very strong silent suspense moments, this does make the viewer feel uneasy. However, I felt that this was trying to be competition towards the Alien franchise. Personally, this franchise will never be as iconic or as recognised like 'Aliens', but its definetley worth a try for Sci-Fi and or action fans.

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Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

½

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his crack special forces unit are sent into the South American jungle to rescue the occupants of a downed helicopter, only to find themselves the target of an unseen adversary who starts to pick them off one by one. Arnie was at a crossroads when he made this film; up until this point he was known as the Terminator, but let's face it, playing a robot isn't usually the stepping stone to international superstardom. The rest of his CV consisted of films like Raw Deal, Commando and Red Sonja. Not exactly the stuff of legend. It can be argued that Predator was the film that set him on his way to becoming Governor Schwarzenegger rather Steven Seagal II. It's a perfect blend of gung ho action, tongue in cheek macho posturing and sci-fi invention. The first part of the film is actually typical of early Arnie, full of the usual 80s suspects such as Bill Duke, Sonny Landham and fellow Governor Jesse Ventura who were all stalwarts of the bone headed action movies of the time. It contains amusingly dumb lines ("I ain't got time to bleed!") and corny male bonding but it's just the right side of post modern. But what elevated it above the crowd was most definitely the alien. The concept of a monster movie where the monster actually has a mind of its own and the technology to match, and hunts human beings for sport rather than lunch is brilliant! The cloaking device also meant that it could dispense with the cliched dark corridors and stalk our heroes in broad daylight without being seen. It still could've tanked in the wrong hands, but John McTiernan always had a flair for unpretentious action flicks, and his slick, energetic direction sets the mayhem off perfectly. All we need now is Apollo Creed to be elected President and we can thank Predator for most of the American political system as we know it.

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garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Predator Quotes


Maj. Alan "Dutch" Schaefer:
Mac!
– Submitted by Timofey P (9 months ago)
Sgt. Blain:
I ain't got time to bleed.
– Submitted by Nicky S (23 months ago)
Maj. Alan "Dutch" Schaefer:
You are one ugly motherfucker!
– Submitted by Ray H (23 months ago)
Billy:
There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die.
– Submitted by Jeffrey C (23 months ago)
Poncho:
She says the jungle... it just came alive and took him.
– Submitted by Jeffrey C (23 months ago)
Billy:
Over here!
– Submitted by Jeffrey C (23 months ago)

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