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The Terminal Man (1974)

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Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, Terminal Man is a sci-fi thriller about a scientist who decides to be the lab rat in an experimental surgery to control his violent tendencies. During the surgical procedure, a miniature computer is implanted in his head. Unfortunately, the mechanism malfunctions, and he becomes a vicious killer. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

Aug 31, 1994

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

A thoughtful and unusually pessimistic sci-fi pic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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While this movie seems unsalvageable, it might have had some punch if we'd been told more about the Segal character's past, before his operation.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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By the time The Terminal Man reaches its tragic ending, it has succeeded in the dubious achievement of making us view its subject as dispassionately as any clinician.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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An aimless and unexciting science-fiction story.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Hodges takes a cool, detached approach, designing most scenes in monochrome with disturbing flesh-colours, and manages to make Segal's semi-android a strangely sympathetic monster.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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January 30, 2004

An intriguing premise, and Segal's strong central performance (a break from the light comedies he became famous for in the 1970s) makes up for workmanlike direction.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Terminal Man

Based on a novel by Michael Crichton. If "The Terminal Man" has one fault, it is the general slowness of the plot. Even though the audience is paid in full for their patience, 2-3 minutes could have been edited out. That may not sound like much, but in a generally precise film such as this one, any more would be disastrous. The high point of this film is the style of talented director Mike Hodges. There is a scene about 2/3rds through the picture where a blood drips off the edge of a bed and flows across the floor through cracks in the tile. Those shots, and the murder proceeding it, are masterfully filmed. Early on in the film, he sustains the plot build-up with a series of innovative sequences that look great even thirty years later.

George Segal gives a really superb performance as a man who is basically made into a guinea big. He does an excellent job, and still retains the charm that served him well, even when the films surrounding him were less than perfect.
December 28, 2009
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Not as good as the book, but does have a few moments here and there.
October 23, 2008
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