Critics Consensus

Though it offers a few modest pleasures for undemanding viewers, Twins leans too heavily on the wackiness of its premise to overcome its narrative shortcomings.



Total Count: 41


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User Ratings: 204,133
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A tall and muscular but mild-mannered man and a short, corpulent loose cannon discover that they are actually twins, their strange differences the result of a genetics experiment gone wrong. This popular comedy brings the brothers together and forces them to deal with their divergent personalities.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Julius Benedict
Kelly Preston
as Marnie Mason
Danny DeVito
as Vincent Benedict
Chloe Webb
as Linda Mason
Bonnie Bartlett
as Mary Ann Benedict
Tony Hymans
as Keyboards
Trey Wilson
as Beetroot McKinley
David Caruso
as Al Greco
Hugh O'Brian
as Granger
Tony Jay
as Werner
Nehemiah Persoff
as Mitchell Traven
Maury Chaykin
as Burt Klane
Thom McCleister
as Bob Klane
Tom McCleister
as Bob Klane
David Efron
as Morris Klane
Peter Dvorsky
as Peter Garfield
Robert Harper
as Gilbert Larsen
Lora Milligan
as Stewardess
Richard de Faut
as Custodian
Richard Portnov
as Chop Shop Owner
Richard Portnow
as Chop Shop Owner
Frances Bay
as Mother Superior
Marvin J. McIntyre
as McKinley's Man
Wayne Grace
as Cell Guard
Thomas Wagner
as Visiting Room Guard
Catherine Reitman
as Granger Granddaughter
Jason Reitman
as Granger Grandson
Dendrie Taylor
as Female Neighbor
Gus Rethwisch
as Dave Klane
Linda Porter
as Painter
Bruce McBroom
as Handsome Father
Joseph Medjuck
as Photographer
Jeff Beck
as Lead Guitarist
John Bolger
as Security Guard
Frank Davis
as Security Guard
Roger Callard
as Granger Son #2
Tom Platz
as Granger Son #1
S.A. Griffin
as Hollywood Biker #1
Billy Lucas
as Hollywood Biker #2
Jill Avery
as Bass Player
Tony Hymas
as Keyboards
Heather Graham
as Young Mary Ann Benedict (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Twins

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10)

  • For all of its geniality and gushing good will, Ivan Reitman`s ''Twins'' remains an advertising campaign in search of a movie.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The whole movie has a warmth about it that never slops over into sentiment: there is much more here than tall-guy, short-guy jokes.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But what's surprising is that Twins is somewhat sweeter than might have been expected. The mechanical plot may shake and grind unpleasantly, but gentler sounds also are produced.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Twins" starts with an overblown fairy-tale quality that seems as if it should work. But, by the finish, the movie collapses on the shoulders of the stars. It works because they both showed up and delivered the goods and kept their end of the deal.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Schwarzenegger is amusing as a fish out of water in a land full of sharks.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Ivan Reitman more than delivers on the wacky promise of Twins in this nutty, storybook tale of siblings separated at birth and reunited at age 35.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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Audience Reviews for Twins

  • Dec 23, 2012
    Pretty average comedy, Arnolds acting is wooden but it works, Some funny bits but they soon wear out as the film gets boring and predictable very fast.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    Twins is a fun and enjoyable comedy from director Ivan Reitman. The film combines a fish out of water tale with a family comedy; when Julius discovers that he has a long lost twin brother he takes off for LA to find him, but things don't go as expected and hilarity ensues. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, and Chloe Webb, the film is well cast with some good talent. Schwarzenegger and DeVito make for an especially fun comedic duo and have great chemistry together. Plus, there's a sincerity and campiness that gives the film a certain charm. Twins is an entertaining and heartwarming comedy that delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Twins is a decent comedy with a lot if heart but no brains. Its a simple plot with simple characters, these two twins find each other and are opposites, box office hit right there. The characters were as cheesy as they come, but somehow these two brothers were able to make me enjoy them becoming family. The end of this film is terribly cliche and unrealistic with the children (which I will not spoil) but just know that it will churn your teeth. Arnold Schwarzanegger and Danny Devito actually did very well in this film, they were great choices for the roles given and they are so different that it made them fun to watch on screen. The movie gives some good laughs as well, but they are interrupted by a stupid plotline about a guy trying to kill them and almost ruined the story completely. The backround story was also a lot to swallow, just a lot of scientific stuff when it could have been really simple. This movie may give a rotten story, but it has a well picked cast and some decent laughs so I think it was a average film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    The concept was funnier then the movie
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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