The Terminator Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Netflix
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
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Jay Scott
Globe and Mail
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
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 13, 2001
The Terminator is a blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 30, 2014
Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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
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