The Terminator - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Terminator Reviews

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May 12, 2020
Though the production design is a bit flimsy at times, both the big ideas at work and director James Cameron's brilliance as a proactive, inventive filmmaker generate a powerful flow that cannot help but sweep viewers totally away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2019
Sarah Connor's origin feels real and grounded in a way that most (super)hero stories never manage. She doesn't have wealth or fame. She doesn't get dosed with super juice.
October 2, 2019
A fantastic blend of horror, action, and sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 4, 2019
Normally, Schwarzenegger's wooden on-screen presence is laughably bad, but his limited range works perfectly in this role.
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.
May 18, 2017
Those nightmares we've all had about being chased by some relentless, unstoppable monster? This is the movie adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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