Twister Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2008
When it sticks to kinetically portraying the sheer oddness of the tornadic phenomenon, Twister is a breeze. When it tries to recreate Hawks, it falls gracelessly from the green sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 1, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is wall-to-wall with special effects, and they're all convincing, although it's impossible for me to explain how Bill and Jo escape serious injury while staring right up into the Suck Zone of the Finger of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Playing tornado hunters Jo and Bill Harding, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton remember their lines and wait for the props to bump into them. Neither pulls in a whole lot of interest on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, clichéd, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Cheguei à conclusão, depois de assistir a este filme, que paguei o ingresso para ver uma vaca voando e o trailer de 'Missão: Impossível'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An excellent example of what the Hollywood F/X blockbuster has become -- all show and very little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 20, 2005
About as much fun as watching a weather report.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 5, 2008
You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest.
John Venable
Supercala.com
October 21, 2002
The effects were great, the story was dumb. I hate this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
A movie with wooden performances, a color-by-numbers screenplay, and some mighty cool but hardly revolutionary special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 20, 2003
The plot is minimal, and the character exposition full of cliches -- the scenes that don't feature tornadoes seem very long and almost unbearable to watch.
| Original Score: 3/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
Special-effects highlight this Jan DeBont-directed blockbuster that's ruined by cliched plotting and irritating characters.
| Original Score: 4/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 12, 2008
Surely the only movie to ever suggest a dumbed-down His Girl Friday, Road Runner cartoon, and The Abyss simultaneously
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
It was so bad that had it not been for wanting to see all the special effects, I would have been ready to walk out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 7, 2006
Ugh. Not even a passable popcorn pic, I'm afraid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
What Spielberg knew back in 1975, that Crichton, Martin, and director Jan De Bont still haven't figured out, is that too much of a good thing -- no matter how spectacular it is -- will ultimately kill a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Michael Crichton wrote the script with his wife, a former actress, Anne-Marie Martin, and it's about as dull as a prairie vista.
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