The Terminator Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 1, 2014

Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 1, 2014

A nerve-bludgeoning, relentlessly exciting action movie masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

People Magazine
April 1, 2014

[Cameron] keeps things under control nicely, though, right through the final confrontation.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 23, 2013

Still a toss-up between The Terminator and Aliens as to which James Cameron picture ranks as his best, this propulsively exciting yarn about a murderous cyborg has long staked its claim as a classic -- science fiction or otherwise -- for the ages.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 18, 2013

Still one of the most harrowing science fiction films in James Cameron's repertoire...

Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2011

Remains a surprisingly meditative work, its concentrated visceral bursts not unlike punctuation marks among something more brooding, even prayerful.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jordan Hiller
December 30, 2010

Throughout his extraordinary, legend in his own time career, James Cameron has done very little that cannot be legitimately considered well ahead of its time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2009

I remain perpetually amazed by how magnificently Cameron keeps the tension up... there is not a single moment that isn't operating at 100%.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 25, 2009

A cyberpunk picture that flirts with emotional resonance but mostly focuses on the gut...testosterone-fueled, estrogen-boosted action melodrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2009

A brilliant sci-fi film that cleverly combines strong storytelling with suspense and killer set-pieces.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 21, 2009

James Cameron's fast-paced, downright propulsive directorial sensibilities ensure that there are few lulls within the narrative.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
May 18, 2009

As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.

Jay Scott
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
May 18, 2009

An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.

Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 15, 2009

"TECH%u2022NOIR" indeed. He's a futuristic machine and this movie is pitch black with menace.

Full Review | Original Score: A

June 17, 2008

The original and best film from the franchise -- iconic, heady, dark and exciting.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2008

It's a work of pulp art to see the future guv of California rip out someone's heart.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
December 29, 2007

Gritty, clever, breathlessly paced, and dynamic despite the dark shadow of doom cast over the story, this sci-fi thriller remains one of the defining American films of the 1980s.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 1, 2007

As a souvenir of a kind of B-grade action cinema that has all but vanished, The Terminator should find a small place in the heart of every movie addict.

Chuck O'Leary
March 5, 2006

A sci-fi actioner as relentless as its cyborg title character. The megabudget sequels are very good, but the low-budget original is still the best.

| Original Score: 8/10
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.

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