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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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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.
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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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 24, 2004
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 24, 2004
The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 21, 2004
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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 19, 2004
Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 18, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 18, 2004
Delicately funny and inventive.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 18, 2004
Discordant, unsatisfying, sometimes emotionally incoherent.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 18, 2004
The small joys it has to offer are wholly dependent on the willingness of the audience to indulge in the proverbial suspension of disbelief. And believe me, much indulging is necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2004
The Terminal is quintessential Spielberg: perfectly cast, technically breathtaking, sentimental to the point of being one sugar cube away from gooey and extremely pleasurable to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2004
I'm not in love with The Terminal, but I liked every minute in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 18, 2004
It's not bad so much as empty, self-satisfied and cute.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 18, 2004
The dramatic part of this ensemble drama doesn't work very well.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 18, 2004
A gentle alternative to noisy kid-oriented action flicks, raucous comedies and the agitprop of Fahrenheit 9/11.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 18, 2004
Feels disingenuous and dogmatic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 18, 2004
The Terminal is so beautifully directed, so pleasurable to watch and so thoughtfully put together, it's a disappointment when you realize, halfway through, that the movie is going to fall way short of a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 18, 2004
This may not be a great movie, but it may prove a great feel-good balm to many.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 18, 2004
The trip still feels oddly unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 18, 2004
Isn't nearly as daring as it could have been.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 18, 2004
In Viktor, Hanks finds a character worthy of his gifts.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2004
A sweet and delicate comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 18, 2004
Like so many of Spielberg's films, it's the dream of a brilliant child, and a lovely place to tarry before returning to adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 18, 2004
To watch The Terminal is to be in one -- your plane delayed, your future on hold, your pass in hand and nothing to board.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 18, 2004
Unavoidably funny and touching enough that we can ignore its weaknesses.
| Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 17, 2004
If moviegoers suspend their disbelief -- easy enough thanks to the diverse and talented cast, as well as Spielberg's capable direction -- they're bound to enjoy this cinematic fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 17, 2004
A bad film. Several bad films, actually.
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June 17, 2004
Bland and semidelusional Hollywood sentimentality.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2004
An uneven mix of comedy and pathos.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2004
An engaging, consistently amusing diversion.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 17, 2004
Everything about this movie feels forced.
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 17, 2004
Rarely have I been so acutely aware of a movie's softness and sentimentality, and rarely have I minded less.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 17, 2004
A joyous movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 17, 2004
Even the best of talents misfire. Here's Exhibit A.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 17, 2004
Cloying and contrived.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 17, 2004
The film is so flaccid and pedestrian one can hardly believe it comes from the director whom a majority of Americans would presume is the best this country has.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 17, 2004
A fairly small, surprisingly intimate movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 17, 2004
An inspired piece of chutzpah.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2004
Spielberg has crafted the film with a proficiency as seamless, and impersonal, as the setting, and you may feel, after a while, that you're longing for your departure time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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June 17, 2004
The first 45 minutes or so are interesting, as we learn about Hanks' character and his unusual situation. Then the whole thing takes a nose dive and never recovers.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2004
An unabashed romantic comedy and Capraesque fable that takes Spielberg into realms he's rarely traveled before.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 17, 2004
The Terminal isn't terminal, but it comes close to flat-lining a few times too many.
| Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 15, 2004
Spielberg does not appear to take himself or the material too seriously, and his steadfast refusal to see the proverbial glass as less than half-full is more inspiring than cloying.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
Relentlessly behaviorist, the filmmaker seldom fails to pat the puppy and, applying John Williams's melodic treacle, woo the viewer with cheap sentiment.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 14, 2004
A fine, enjoyable, uplifting fantasy that's suitable for viewing by all members of the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 14, 2004
An odd film for Steven Spielberg, which is perhaps why it works so well.