The Terminator Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
July 16, 2003
This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.
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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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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