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  • Summary: A cyborg (Schwarzenegger) is sent from the 21st century to present-day Los Angeles to assassinate a seemingly innocent women whose child will play an important part in the world from which the killer came. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
  2. The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
  3. Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    An amazingly effective picture that becomes doubly impressive when one considers its small budget.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    One of the greatest sci-fi/action flicks ever to be made. Also, it spawned at least two amazing sequels--in which the Terminator is a protagonist rather than an antagonist? The next sequel...not so much. Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    10
    One of the absolute best movies ever made one of the action classics the CGI is amazing for 1984 and Arnold is just so awesome the storyline was really good even though there was a big plothole Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2011
    9
    One of the best movies I ever seen
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    I honestly don't think that this movie needs an introduction, but I'll give it one anyway - "The Terminator" is a 1984 film crafted by legendary filmmaker James Cameron. The film follows tells the story of a cyborg assassin (Schwarzenegger) who is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill a young woman (Hamilton). Well, starting from the top, the movie's premise is certainly bizarre and outlandish, though Cameron and team seem to successfully transcend this obstacle by presenting the film's plot with utmost realism and seriousness. Quite possibly the greatest aspect of the film is, in fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger's truly menacing portrayal of the titular character. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this was a difficult performance, but Arnold pulls off one of his earliest acting roles with an intense amount of menace. The action sequences were also a masterstroke aspect of the film. Nearly every set piece in the film contained a good dose of thrills and jaw-dropping moments. The movie itself is, arguably, one of the greatest and most revolutionary science fiction films in film history. "The Terminator" was one of the first films to introduce the concept of self-aware artificial intelligence to the big screen, it catapulted the careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron to new heights, and simultaneously introduced several memorable lines of dialogue that most people are familiar with. In 2008 "The Terminator" was selected by the Library Of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Did it deserve this honor? I believe so. For, "The Terminator" was a fun, intelligent, novel film for me to experience. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    8
    Its visuals are not as impressive as visuals seen today, but "The Terminator" still remains a thrilling, action-packed and intelligent sci-fi. Expand
  6. Dec 12, 2013
    8
    A classic Sci-Fi that paved the way for many of today's special effects. The overall vibe and look fits the intricate and action-packed plot perfectly. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2012
    1
    It has 1 or two funny lines that probably arent' suppose to be funny but otherwise you have slow, repetitive pile of junk, that has acting below par and a movie that should have been terminated from the beginning. Expand

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