| Original Score: 3/5
The movie's strength is that, like The Matrix, it combines action with ideas.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.
| Original Score: 5/5
The film that put James Cameron on the map and made Arnold Schwarzenegger an international star, The Terminator is a high-potency distillation of a bunch of sci-fi concepts into one package.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
While many feel the sequel is superior, I'd contend that T2 was merely more expensive. If you're building a sci-fi collection, this one should be on your Top Ten list.
| Original Score: 89/100
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
I remain perpetually amazed by how magnificently Cameron keeps the tension up... there is not a single moment that isn't operating at 100%.
| Original Score: 10/10
A brilliant sci-fi film that cleverly combines strong storytelling with suspense and killer set-pieces.
Still one of the most harrowing science fiction films in James Cameron's repertoire...
Remains a surprisingly meditative work, its concentrated visceral bursts not unlike punctuation marks among something more brooding, even prayerful.
| Original Score: 4/4
The Terminator is a blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.
...remains the quintessential Schwarzenegger movie...a high-octane, tech-noir adventure.
| Original Score: 9/10
A surprisingly vicious little film, filled with indiscriminate, un-PC killings and a rough-edged feel that makes it utterly compelling.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
It's a work of pulp art to see the future guv of California rip out someone's heart.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A cyberpunk picture that flirts with emotional resonance but mostly focuses on the gut...testosterone-fueled, estrogen-boosted action melodrama.
James Cameron's fast-paced, downright propulsive directorial sensibilities ensure that there are few lulls within the narrative.
| Original Score: 3/4