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The Terminator Reviews

April 26, 2018
Forget that the premise is silly and the acting second-rate because director James Cameron has the action formula down pat.
January 3, 2018
"The Terminator" brings film violence into the realm of the surreal.
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 15, 2015
Damn close to perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
February 9, 2006
More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.
July 16, 2003
This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.
February 13, 2001
The Terminator is a blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
October 26, 1984
The movie's strength is that, like The Matrix, it combines action with ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4