True Lies (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

True Lies (1994)



Critic Consensus: If it doesn't reach the heights of director James Cameron's and star Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous collaborations, True Lies still packs enough action and humor into its sometimes absurd plot to entertain.

Movie Info

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis are the headliners in this thrill-packed action comedy. It chronicles the exploits and problems of a man leading two disparate lives. By day Harry Tasker is a mild-mannered computer salesman with a wife and teenage daughter. But at other times, he is a high-ranking spy living on the edge. His wife hasn't a clue that he and his partner Gib are constantly in danger. After Tasker begins to suspect her of infidelity, he uses every trick in the book to verify his suspicions. Everything blows apart when Helen, his wife finally learns the truth about her heretofore dull husband.more
Rating: R (for a lot of action/violence and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: James Cameron
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
20th Century Fox


Jamie Lee Curtis
as Helen Tasker
Charlton Heston
as Spencer Trilby
Eliza Dushku
as Dana Tasker
James Allen
as Colonel
Dieter Rauter
as Boathouse Guard
Paul Barselou
as Old Guy in Bathroom
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Uzi Gal
as Lead Terrorist
Majed Ibrahim
as High-Rise Terrorist
Armen Ksajikian
as Juno's Chauffeur
Mike Akrawi
as Jihad Cameraman
Mike Cameron
as Citation Pilot
Louai Mardini
as Breadvan Terrorist N...
Gino Salvano
as Breadvan Terrorist N...
Scott Dotson
as Harrier Pilot
Tom Isbell
as Reporter at Hi-Rise
John Bruno
as Custodian
Chuck Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for True Lies

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (10)

If the Gulf War gave you an insatiable taste for burning oil and burning Arabs, this extravaganza will tide you over for at least a couple of days.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Providing its share of fun in stretches, pic ultimately overstays its welcome with a level of mayhem that will simply feel like too much for any marginal fan of the genre.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Top Critic

Half the time, this hi-tech action movie delivers, in a mindless kind of way: it's fast, crude and has enough explosions and cartoon-style violence to satisfy our baser instincts.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As this comedy of manners unfolds, it is played for all-out action as well as satiric humor.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

However high your ranking on the culture scale, I defy you to watch this and leave the theatre without a whistled 'Wow' followed by a grudging 'That's entertainment.'

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

On the basis of stunts, special effects and pure action, it delivers sensationally.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for True Lies

For an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy film, this feels much more like the French thriller it's based on and less like a cheesy, over-the-top slaughter. James Cameron wrote and directed this film, and he makes another blockbuster action film feel like legitimate entertainment. There's a satiric intelligence and thoughtful touch to this film, and though filled with terrorism and political themes, it's less about a secret agent and more about a marriage. The gimmick of the film is that mild mannered salesman Harry Tasker is secretly an agent for the United States' government and hides it well from his wife and daughter. Most of the film follows this husband and wife around, as a series of misfortunate choices and misguided attempts at being truthful and/or provocative, keep the pair at odds. In a series of events that one would call morally questionable, Harry follows his wife as she tries to find a sense of danger in her life. This lends to the narrative of the terrorist leader launching an attack on the US for senseless violence overseas. Even though much of this revolves around some very farfetched ideas, and the antagonist is outrageous, it's Cameron at his most divisive and calculated. He knows what feels right in an action film, and even tries his hand at comedy, and that isn't always easy. Much of what makes this enjoyable solely lies in the performance of Jamie Lee Curtis, who is both right as the suburban mother and surveyor of action, and as the seductress. While Schwarzenegger does the job of action hero to credit as always that's all that can be said. As always there isn't much difference between this and any other Schwarzenegger performance, though he is perfect for this film, even if the role certainly calls for an American. Mostly it's a film to watch and go agog at the timeless special effects and fight scenes, and even for a chuckle once in a while.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


James Cameron imagines "what if James Bond was married and didn't tell his wife what his job was?" Ah-nold and Jamie Lee supply oodles of chemistry. See how many times you can spot the stunt doubles! Tom Arnold's great as the sidekick.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


From what I remember of this movie many years ago is that is falls short in the comedy department, but makes up for it in the action department. For its time, it is a good movie that will keep you entertained; although not Cameron's best, it is definitely worth watching.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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