Twister (1996)



Critic Consensus: A high-concept blockbuster that emphasizes special effects over three-dimensional characters, Twister's visceral thrills are often offset by the film's generic plot.

Movie Info

Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense depiction of very bad weather)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Anne-Marie Martin, Ann-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Twister

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12)

You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Even more than with most of Michael Crichton's concoctions, this one conveys the overwhelming impression of a mechanical entertainment, a very high concept in which the characters and their problems seem like utterly arbitrary creations.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, clichéd, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense.

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

It looks real, and Director Jan De Bont keeps the action coming so fast there's no time to question it.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Holds up against the noisy, busy, idiotically-scripted movies of today for all sorts of reasons [but] that does not excuse it from being a noisy, busy, idiotically-scripted movie in its own right.

Full Review… | November 27, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Decent disaster movie for teens.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Twister

So it's impossible that any of these characters survive any of these close encounters with the twisters. That being said, the plot is ludicrous and dialogue is laughable (how many times can these characters point out the obvious?). If you can suspend reality and survive a crappy plot, then watching these cow-hurling tornadoes should provide with enough mindless entertainment for a couple of hours.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite movies in this genre! Its a suspenful drama! If you enjoy disaster movies and are intrigue with nature and twisters, and with a hint of a blossoming romance then you'll enjoy this movie, very muich worth the watch!!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Disaster movie made for teens.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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