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The Terminal Reviews

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Nev Pierce
August 31, 2004
Hanks is a likeable actor but rarely a subtle one. Viktor is another cutesy emotional heart-tugger in the Forrest Gump mould, all galumphing slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004's impossible to shake the feeling that [The Terminal] belongs on the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Showcases a fine performance from Hanks but one that gets lost while attempting to transcend a higher purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
A sweet, little contemporary allegory that celebrates the immigrant spirit and the triumph of the little man over heartless bureaucracy.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
Brian Mckay
August 4, 2004
A rather enjoyable piece of complete and utter fluff
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 3, 2004
A frothy ditty about survival in unlikely circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Even in the desolation of an airport lounge at midnight, Viktor is too pure, we realize, to entertain the ghost of a dirty thought.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 20, 2004
É uma pena que, gradualmente, deixe de ser um interessante estudo de personagem e se transforme em um drama tipicamente hollywoodiano.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 20, 2004
The Terminal is a surefooted fable about what connects us as humans.
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July 20, 2004
'Spielberg logra una fantasía sentimental, romántica y sumamente divertida que deja una amplia sonrisa en la boca y la idea de que la vida puede ser mucho menos complicada.'
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 19, 2004
So cute and sweet that any insightful observations will be lost to real-world audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 18, 2004
What will this studio think of next? A remake of The Red Balloon set in Tikrit? How about Sunday in the Park with George relocated to Guantánamo?
Full Review | Original Score: F
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
July 15, 2004
Spielberg turns a kinder, gentler Minority Report into a tedious, maudlin homage to the New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 12, 2004
Annoying out of the gates, then cute, at times Hollywood romantic, with Zeta-Jones acting as Meg Ryan. Product placement bogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
July 11, 2004
This is a film that could only come from a cast and crew at the top of their game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
July 6, 2004
A vacant slog--audiences should be rewarded with free travel miles just for sitting through it.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Collin Souter
July 5, 2004
It proves that Spielberg has not lost a single ounce of showmanship and yet he continues to grow, take chances and, yes, even at his age, mature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
July 3, 2004
What he has here might be flawed, but it's reassuring to see the director return to his roots of character exploration in a fanciful location.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
June 30, 2004
... truly heartwarming, humorous and touching film...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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