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The Terminator Reviews

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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
June 17, 2008
The original and best film from the franchise -- iconic, heady, dark and exciting.
March 27, 2008
It's a work of pulp art to see the future guv of California rip out someone's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 29, 2007
Gritty, clever, breathlessly paced, and dynamic despite the dark shadow of doom cast over the story, this sci-fi thriller remains one of the defining American films of the 1980s.
March 1, 2007
As a souvenir of a kind of B-grade action cinema that has all but vanished, The Terminator should find a small place in the heart of every movie addict.
March 5, 2006
A sci-fi actioner as relentless as its cyborg title character. The megabudget sequels are very good, but the low-budget original is still the best.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
February 9, 2006
More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.
February 21, 2004
Arguably among the very best science-fiction contemporaries.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 28, 2003
The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2003
Relentlessly entertaining
| Original Score: 5/5
July 30, 2003
This was the film that demonstrated to the dubious everyone that the musclebound fellow with that outrageous accent might be more than just another passing blip on our pop culture radar screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 23, 2003
At the end of both movies, I find myself overcome by an extraordinary swell of emotion.
| Original Score: 4/4
July 16, 2003
This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.
March 19, 2003
The birth of a genre unto itself, followed by an even more ambitious sequel.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
The film that put James Cameron on the map and made Arnold Schwarzenegger an international star, The Terminator is a high-potency distillation of a bunch of sci-fi concepts into one package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 5, 2002
This rip-roaring action adventure has already carved out its niche as one of the major hits of the pre-Christmas season. And with good reason.
December 10, 2001
A surprisingly vicious little film, filled with indiscriminate, un-PC killings and a rough-edged feel that makes it utterly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2001
While many feel the sequel is superior, I'd contend that T2 was merely more expensive. If you're building a sci-fi collection, this one should be on your Top Ten list.
Read More | Original Score: 89/100
October 9, 2001
The ingeniousness of The Terminator is in giving us one of the most memorable and brilliant villains ever printed on celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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