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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)
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  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: 40 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. JakeH
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    This movie was down right action packed. Arnold Schwartezennager rules!!
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    10
    There isn't much to say except, this film is practically perfect. I think the story is extremely well written and enticing and I don'tThere isn't much to say except, this film is practically perfect. I think the story is extremely well written and enticing and I don't understand how anyone could say it is "dull" (review before mine) Plenty of action sequences, interesting time travel ideas, and cheesy 80s music. I LOVE IT. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    10
    One of my favorite sci-fi film. The unique atmosphere of techno-gothic style in the 80's the United States, a kind of sci-fi noir.... If youOne of my favorite sci-fi film. The unique atmosphere of techno-gothic style in the 80's the United States, a kind of sci-fi noir.... If you think, really scary movie. It is not a "positive" Terminator from the "Judgment Day", it really is a terrible killing machine that is before anything and never stop. In my opinion the best job J. Cameron. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is a science-fiction action blockbuster and it is an intriguing story line and a highly interesting one. it as everything you could have hoped for in a film of this genre. it will be remembered as a classic for a very long time. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2011
    8
    "The Terminator" is a loud,noisy action "block bluster"; pretty good CGI (considering it was 1984), solid acting from Mr. governor, a dull but"The Terminator" is a loud,noisy action "block bluster"; pretty good CGI (considering it was 1984), solid acting from Mr. governor, a dull but appealing story. Expect fun. Expand
  6. Mar 8, 2014
    8
    Its visuals are not as impressive as visuals seen today, but "The Terminator" still remains a thrilling, action-packed and intelligentIts visuals are not as impressive as visuals seen today, but "The Terminator" still remains a thrilling, action-packed and intelligent sci-fi. Expand
  7. JaredC
    Jul 2, 2007
    0
    "I am the Terminator," what agay type of movie this is. Sure some of the action scenes were pretty sweet but overall the movie totally "I am the Terminator," what agay type of movie this is. Sure some of the action scenes were pretty sweet but overall the movie totally completely sucked. Thumbs down for James Cameron. Expand

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