True Lies

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Universal acclaim- based on 219 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  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. 88
    One of the best things about True Lies is that it's genuinely funny.
  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. The comedy is extremely broad (with Curtis eliciting almost as many laughs as Schwarzenegger), the action sequences are as well crafted as one can expect from Cameron, and the meaning is as root basic as anyone would wish.
  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. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    50
    Let others recharge that tired Die Hard formula. Cameron invents a new kind of family therapy that saves your marriage and the world. [15 Jul 1994 Pg. 01.D]
  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: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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 forOne 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
  2. Sep 29, 2015
    10
    True Lies is the best action movie ever made. Cameron went on to make chick flicks after this (titanic and avatar) because he had mastered aTrue Lies is the best action movie ever made. Cameron went on to make chick flicks after this (titanic and avatar) because he had mastered a Genre. My god what a masterpiece. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2015
    10
    I had to go back and rank this movie, because it's one of my favourite movies of all time. (Starship Troopers being #1)

    This movie is as
    I had to go back and rank this movie, because it's one of my favourite movies of all time. (Starship Troopers being #1)

    This movie is as relevant and entertaining today as it was... my god... 21 years ago.
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  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 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. Apr 3, 2015
    8
    Hollywood budget to the roof - that is what this movie is about. Of course, two decades later, this might not be a big deal, talking aboutHollywood budget to the roof - that is what this movie is about. Of course, two decades later, this might not be a big deal, talking about special effects... But this is not what makes the movie good anyway. It is situation after situation of absurdity, fun and Arnold-style over the top action scenes.
    Watching it today, I feel more and more that something went wrong with this type of film during the last 20 years. Today we have many well made action-packed block busters, but the entertainment level that True Lies manages to reach is still hard to beat.
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  6. Nov 4, 2013
    7
    None of James Cameron's films are bad, but "True Lies" might just be his weakest one yet. Nonetheless, it's funny, action-packed and prettyNone of James Cameron's films are bad, but "True Lies" might just be his weakest one yet. Nonetheless, it's funny, action-packed and pretty well-crafted. Cameron really did something unique here, you'll know what I mean if you have seen it. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    0
    Arnold's worst acting, worst role, with great action being ruined by that.

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