The Terminal (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Terminal transcends its flaws through the sheer virtue of its crowd-pleasing message and a typically solid star turn from Tom Hanks.

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Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge, until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity--and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant named Amelia. But he has long worn out his welcome with airport official Frank Dixon, who considers Viktor a bureaucratic glitch--a problem he cannot control but wants desperately to erase.
PG-13 (for brief language and drug references)
Comedy , Drama
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Tom Hanks
as Viktor Navorski
Stanley Tucci
as Frank Dixon
Chi McBride
as Mulroy
Diego Luna
as Enrique Cruz
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Ray Thurman
Kumar Pallana
as Gupta Rajan
Zoe Saldana
as Torres
Eddie Jones
as Salchak
Jude Ciccolella
as Karl Iverson
Guillermo Díaz
as Bobby Alima
Rini Bell
as Nadia
Stephen Mendel
as First Class Steward
Valery Nikolaev
as Milodragovich
Ana Maria Quintana
as Covernment Inspector
Bob Morrisey
as Government Inspector
Susan Slome
as Woman With Cart
Mik Scriba
as Transportation Liaison
Jim Ishida
as Yoshinoya Manager
Carlease Burke
as Brookstone Manager
Stephon Fuller
as Swatch Manager
Dan Finnerty
as Discovery Store Manager
Anastasia Basil
as La Perla Employee Julie
Lydia Blanco
as Burger King Employee
Lee Joseph Davis
as Burger King Employee
Tonya Ivey
as Godiva Employee
Kevin Mukherji (II)
as Soundworks Dave
John Eddins
as CBP Officer
Kenneth Choi
as CBP Officer
Cas Anvar
as CBP Officer
Conrad Pla
as CBP Officer
Danette Mackay
as CBP Officer
Ian Finlay
as CBP Officer
Janique Kearns
as CBP Officer
Eddie Santiago
as Man on Phone
Kevin Ryder
as Businessman
Dusan Dukic
as Young Drug Trafficker
Mark Ivanir
as Cab Driver Goran
Matt Holland
as Ramada Inn Clerk
Benny Golson
as Himself
Carlo Allen
as Drums
Carl Allen
as Drums
Scott Adsit
as Cab Driver
Terry Haig
as CBP Inspector
Jeff Michael
as Anchor
Dilva Henry
as Anchor
Michelle Arthur
as Field Reporter
Thinh Truong
as Passenger
Sandrine Kwan
as Passenger
Carl Alacchi
as Passenger
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Homeland Security Officer
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All Critics (201) | Top Critics (45)

It's an odd fable: Viktor is the mysterious visitor who shows us what the American Dream is all about-in the movie's terms, compassion for others -- without ever wanting to become an American himself.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Even in the desolation of an airport lounge at midnight, Viktor is too pure, we realize, to entertain the ghost of a dirty thought.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

A feel-good film of such originality and sweetness in a summer of otherwise derivative sequels and remakes that it practically qualifies for miracle status.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

This is the first time in my life I wanted to spend more time in an airport terminal, and Spielberg is just such a brilliant filmmaker; the things he does with light and with motion and some amazing tracking shots.

June 21, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made.

Full Review… | June 19, 2004
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A sweet, heartwarming movie nothing more nothing less.

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The Terminal is a completely charming look at one foreign man's unfortunate situation, stuck in an airport without a country. It's a little unbelievable but a good setting nonetheless for this comedic fish-out-of-water slice of life. Tom Hanks plays Viktor so effortlessly; the character reminds me of Andy Kaufman's "foreign man, "but Viktor's more believable. Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous as always but more vulnerable here. I fell in love with her. The whole supporting cast is good; I liked the unexpected moments best, like the Indian janitor juggling during Viktor and Amelia's date. This Spielberg-directed picture may not be Philadelphia or Schindler's List, but I enjoyed it much more than most romantic comedies. It's the sweetest story I've seen in some time, though I do wish for a better ending for Amelia (Jones). The moral is something like: Some things are worth waiting for. It's a little sappy melodramatic, but you'll feel good after anyway.

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Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

a good drama film with a good cast. The film is good, and the cast definitely make it worth watching.

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UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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