The Terminator Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
October 26, 1984

The movie's strength is that, like The Matrix, it combines action with ideas.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
October 11, 2001

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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.

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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2009

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

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
Variety Staff
Top Critic
February 13, 2001

The Terminator is a blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.

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.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 22, 2001

...remains the quintessential Schwarzenegger movie...a high-octane, tech-noir adventure.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

A surprisingly vicious little film, filled with indiscriminate, un-PC killings and a rough-edged feel that makes it utterly compelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.

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
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.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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