Twister

1996, Action, 1h 54m

65 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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During the approach of the most powerful storm in decades, university professor Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and an underfunded team of students prepare the prototype for Dorothy, a ground-breaking tornado data-gathering device conceived by her estranged husband, Bill (Bill Paxton). When Harding tells Bill that Dorothy is ready for testing -- and that their privately funded rival Dr. Jonas Miller (Cary Elwes) has stolen the idea and built his own -- Bill rejoins the team for one last mission.

Cast & Crew

Helen Hunt
Dr. JoAnne 'Jo' Thornton-Harding
Bill Paxton
William Harding
Cary Elwes
Dr. Jonas Miller
Jami Gertz
Dr. Melissa Reeves
Lois Smith
Meg Greene
Alan Ruck
Robert 'Rabbit' Nurick
Todd Field
Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
Jake Busey
Mobile Lab Technician
Scott Thomson
Jason 'Preacher' Rowe
Laurie MacDonald
Executive Producer
Gerald R. Molen
Executive Producer
Walter F. Parkes
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Ian Bryce
Producer
Tori Amos
Original Music
Michael Anthony
Original Music
Ritchie Blackmore
Original Music
Sammy Hagar
Original Music
Mark Mancina
Original Music
Alex Van Halen
Original Music
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer
Michael Kahn
Film Editor
Joseph C. Nemec III
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Critic Reviews for Twister

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (26)

  • The storms are breathtaking, the action pulse-quickening, and the two leads smart and likeable.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] high-powered spectacle designed to blow us away...

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • No one's going to buy into the romantic bickering between the lead scientists or their rivalry team of evil meteorologists. Still, if you're hooked on high-voltage special effects, Twister will give you a charge.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like all white-knuckle rides, once you're done you fancy doing it all over again.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The hackneyed chatter and half-baked personal histories are enough to make you scream into the wind.

    May 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • While the special effects are clearly the star of this masterwork, the storyline itself, although predictable, is crisp and full of heart.

    May 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The storms are breathtaking, the action pulse-quickening, and the two leads smart and likeable.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] high-powered spectacle designed to blow us away...

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • No one's going to buy into the romantic bickering between the lead scientists or their rivalry team of evil meteorologists. Still, if you're hooked on high-voltage special effects, Twister will give you a charge.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like all white-knuckle rides, once you're done you fancy doing it all over again.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Twister achieves moments of dramatic and catastrophic high tension thanks to the deployment of special effects, while its character plot is a lazy excuse to gloat in those sequences of massive destruction. [Full Review in Spanish]

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • But what the hell, the film entertains thanks to a frenetic pace that does not give the viewer respite; it swallows people running from one place to another in search of tornadoes. [Full Review in Spanish]

    May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twister

  • Dec 23, 2015
    Better than Into the Storm obviously, but it ended up being what other disaster movies ended up being.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2012
    Very oblivious, I forgot what I watched as soon as the movie ended. The acting is pretty good and characterisation ain't too bad, but I just feel like they brought it upon themselves. Music was touching, story progression is quite slow however; lots of unecessary dramas were happening once in a while. The film lack of pace, it was improved it could have been much more enjoyable.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Twister is not a good movie, but if was fun to watch. The plot was really boring and dumb, but so are most summer blockbusters like this. The cast was okay, i had no complaibnts really, but I guess they did okay. The effects were really cheesy and bad, but if some people liked them thats up to them. This movie was fun to watch if your in to these movies, but overall it bored the hell outta me.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2011
    Disaster movie made for teens.
    Eric A Super Reviewer

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