The Terminator - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Terminator Reviews

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October 2, 2019
A fantastic blend of horror, action, and sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
June 17, 2008
The original and best film from the franchise -- iconic, heady, dark and exciting.
April 1, 2014
[Cameron] keeps things under control nicely, though, right through the final confrontation.
July 4, 2019
Normally, Schwarzenegger's wooden on-screen presence is laughably bad, but his limited range works perfectly in this role.
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.
April 26, 2018
Forget that the premise is silly and the acting second-rate because director James Cameron has the action formula down pat.
December 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 1984
The movie's strength is that, like The Matrix, it combines action with ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
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 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
June 15, 2015
Damn close to perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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 22, 2009
A brilliant sci-fi film that cleverly combines strong storytelling with suspense and killer set-pieces.
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
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