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The Terminator Reviews

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June 17, 2008
The original and best film from the franchise -- iconic, heady, dark and exciting.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
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.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Chuck O'Leary
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.
Greg Muskewitz
February 21, 2004
Arguably among the very best science-fiction contemporaries.
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 26, 2003
Relentlessly entertaining
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
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
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
July 16, 2003
This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
The birth of a genre unto itself, followed by an even more ambitious sequel.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
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

Boxoffice Magazine
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 89/100
Max Messier
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
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 27, 2001
The Terminator was James Cameron's second film and remains his most crisply written in every respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 26, 2001
seamlessly melds the best narrative mind tricks of science fiction literature with the visceral violence of the best action movies
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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