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  • Summary: Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) and his elite military unit are recruited to rescue hostages held by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. But once there, they encounter an enemy more deadly than any on earth! (20th Century Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. 75
    Moves at a breakneck pace, it has strong and simple characterizations, it has good location photography and terrific special effects, and it supplies what it claims to supply: an effective action movie.
  2. It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    Crisply stylish and suspenseful, making brilliant use of optical special effects, Predator is one of Schwarzenegger's best.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    A slightly above-average actioner that tries to compensate for tissue-thin-plot with ever-more-grisly death sequences and impressive special effects.
  5. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    40
    Despite the off-rhythm styling and suggestions of primeval menace, there's really not much going on here.
  6. Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises. [12 June 1987, p.C6]
  7. It's arguably one of the emptiest, feeblest, most derivative scripts ever made as a major studio movie. There's no need to do a Mad magazine movie parody of this; it's already on the screen. [12 June 1987, Calendar, p.6-6]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
  1. Jun 9, 2012
    10
    Are the critics smoking something over there? It may not have the best script in the world but this was an entertaining movie, and great effects on the predator. Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    Not the greatest film ever, but certainly arnie's best, and a contender for my all time top ten list. A classic that gets better with every view.
  3. May 11, 2012
    10
    memorable film, and easily the most terrifying and unstoppable extraterrestrial ever conceived. the metacritic score makes less sense than this: 8d'@~j843.'#[ewiuo389. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2013
    9
    Hated by critics, loved by users, Predator is one of the best Schwarzenegger movies out there. But as ugly as it is, the actual "predator" isn't very scary, and we barely see it (it is implied most of the movie). But Predator is still a good film. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2011
    9
    A highly enjoyable movie, with action and a great plot, I had a blast watching this, and it's one I could watch over and over again, if your into this kind of thing it's one you should see. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Expertly crafted film with just as many jaw-drop moments as there are seat-jumper moments.
  7. Dec 19, 2011
    4
    This is the definition of action. It was entertaining in some parts but it does get rather predictable and boring as well. Also the acting was poor as well. It was ok though but not as good as it could have been. Expand

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