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  • Summary: Special agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) is a top spy, while his neglected wife (Curtis) has been gathering secrets of her own. When their two secret lives unexpectedly collide, Harry and Helen must fight to save their marriage - and the world! (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Director James Cameron always works on a mega- canvas, yet he's brought off something unique here.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
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    On the surface, True Lies is an affectionate homage to James Bond movies, ratcheted up to meet the action/adventure expectations of today's audiences.
  3. True Lies is so eager to give you a giddy good time that you're more than happy to let it work you over. It's a likably disposable pop cocktail.
  4. Here is a film that carries within itself not only the parody but the very material it exploits and subverts. [05 Sept 1994 Pg. 34]
  5. This mixture of comedy and super-agent spectacle works well at first. But when Schwarzenegger's family and working worlds link up -- an inevitable development -- the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and overwrought.
  6. 50
    The catch is, once you get past the stunning special effects and the mind-numbing stuntwork, there's not all that much there.
  7. 30
    The tale begins and ends in a flurry of joke violence; Cameron has decided to spoof what he used to take seriously, and the result, though bright and deafening, feels oddly slack -- he loosens the screws, and our interest drops away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 6, 2014
    10
    True Lies has dazzling visual effects, comedy, thrills and an original plot, the movie is a blast.
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  2. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    True Lies is an action classic thanks to Arnold and James Cameron who were at their peak in this movie.
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  3. Jul 30, 2013
    10
    One of my personal favorite movies. I love how James Cameron made the movie into an Action/Romantic/Comedy movie that is actually good for everyone (I loved it when I was 4 in 2002 and my Grandma loves it as well). I believe the movie has a great cast and very good writing (so what if it's not a Oscar movie). There was a lot of memorable moments in this movie that I quote often and I made all my friends watch it and they love it too. Anyhow, I don't use Netflix but if it is on there go check it out. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Feb 18, 2006
    8
    Two enjoyable movies in one...high-budget action and the grimmest of romatic comedy, fitting together quite nicely. Its story isn't groundbreaking or deep, but it's so entertaining, it's hard to resist, despite pacing that's a tad bit uneven. Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2012
    8
    True Lies is an unbelievably epic action / comedy from James Cameron. The movie has an enormous quota of truly unforgettable action scenes. The laughs are also catered for with both Tom Arnorld and Bill Paxton turning in classic comic performances. True Lies is simply one of the most impressive popcorn action flicks ever made! Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2012
    8
    True Lies mixes action and violence with comedy. Arnold isn't the greatest of actors but on certain roles in his career like Terminator he did a really good job. When James Cameron is on his is on. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    0
    Arnold's worst acting, worst role, with great action being ruined by that.

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