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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. The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
  3. Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    90
    A tense, slickly executed thriller.
  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: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. JakeH
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    This movie was down right action packed. Arnold Schwartezennager rules!!
  2. Jan 20, 2015
    10
    Uma Obra-Prima de ação ficção ciêntifica revolucionária.
    James Cameron dirige e escreve brilhantemente The Terminator. Um filme que
    Uma Obra-Prima de ação ficção ciêntifica revolucionária.
    James Cameron dirige e escreve brilhantemente The Terminator. Um filme que surpreende do começo ao fim. Uma história genial que é brilhantemente executada.
    Schwarzenegger é incrível como a máquina exterminadora insensível,Michael Biehn é extraordinário,Linda Hamilton também está ótima.
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  3. Aug 17, 2011
    9
    One of the best movies I ever seen
  4. Nov 29, 2012
    8
    For once, an 80's movie that actually got it right. The Terminator is a really good movie and it's interesting to see how many elements andFor once, an 80's movie that actually got it right. The Terminator is a really good movie and it's interesting to see how many elements and stylings modern movies have stolen from it. This is also the perfect role for Arnie since he's maybe the worst actor of all-time. He has no ability whatsoever to convey emotions in a realistic manner so a role that asks for him to be his robotic self is fitting. 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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