The Terminator

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
  2. An amazingly effective picture that becomes doubly impressive when one considers its small budget.
  3. Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
  4. 100
    A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
  5. 70
    Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet.
  6. Premiere
    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]
  7. Empire
    Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    90
    A tense, slickly executed thriller.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    91
    Kineticism and suspense, combined with strongly conceived characters....Made Cameron a talent to watch. [13 Jan 1995, p. 67]
  9. Dallas Observer
    Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    100
    The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
  10. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 596 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 66
  2. Negative: 3 out of 66
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2011
    9
    One of the best movies I ever seen
  3. JakeH
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    This movie was down right action packed. Arnold Schwartezennager rules!!