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The Terminator Reviews

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May 28, 2016
Much of Terminator's greatness is due to its low-budget aesthetic and lo-fi energy; perhaps out of necessity, Cameron's sense of storytelling has a lean efficiency that both he and the series have long since abandoned.
October 26, 2015
You almost forget the film's flaws - like the cartoony look of the war-ravaged future. Here, the most absurd excursion is believable and we go along willingly - stopping now and then for a breath or a laugh.
October 3, 2015
The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since The Road Warrior.
June 25, 2015
Getting the extraordinary physical specimen of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the lead was a stroke of genius and a stroke of fortune. Each of his pecs is the size of a bull's flank.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 15, 2015
Damn close to perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 30, 2014
Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 1, 2014
Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 1, 2014
A nerve-bludgeoning, relentlessly exciting action movie masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 1, 2014
[Cameron] keeps things under control nicely, though, right through the final confrontation.
February 23, 2013
Still a toss-up between The Terminator and Aliens as to which James Cameron picture ranks as his best, this propulsively exciting yarn about a murderous cyborg has long staked its claim as a classic -- science fiction or otherwise -- for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 18, 2013
Still one of the most harrowing science fiction films in James Cameron's repertoire...
May 23, 2011
Remains a surprisingly meditative work, its concentrated visceral bursts not unlike punctuation marks among something more brooding, even prayerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 30, 2010
Throughout his extraordinary, legend in his own time career, James Cameron has done very little that cannot be legitimately considered well ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 6, 2009
I remain perpetually amazed by how magnificently Cameron keeps the tension up... there is not a single moment that isn't operating at 100%.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
May 25, 2009
A cyberpunk picture that flirts with emotional resonance but mostly focuses on the gut...testosterone-fueled, estrogen-boosted action melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2009
A brilliant sci-fi film that cleverly combines strong storytelling with suspense and killer set-pieces.
May 21, 2009
James Cameron's fast-paced, downright propulsive directorial sensibilities ensure that there are few lulls within the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2009
As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.
May 18, 2009
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
May 15, 2009
"TECH%u2022NOIR" indeed. He's a futuristic machine and this movie is pitch black with menace.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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