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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)
    88
    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: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  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 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 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
  3. 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! Collapse
  4. Apr 6, 2014
    8
    Perhaps the most joyously violent and intensely humorous of Cameron's wide ranging filmography, "True Lies" is an uncommonly witty and brilliantly staged action-comedy with a hefty amount of enjoyable irony throughout. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    8
    Of all the James Cameron movies I've watched, this was the only movie that I haven't even seen until today, I've finally watched it on video and boy did I love it. Avatar, Terminators 1 and 2 and Titanic were such great hits, so this movie is my favorite Cameron movie as well.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Arnold, Jamie Lee-Curtis, Tia Carrere, and Bill Paxton were amazing, The action sequences and the comedy were the best moments, and the "You're Fired!" quote was also the best moment in this movie.

    James Cameron, as a huge fan of yours, you are good at everything! True Lies deserves an entertaining 8/10 in my honest opinion for its unique things.
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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 pretty well-crafted. Cameron really did something unique here, you'll know what I mean if you have seen it. Expand
  7. May 25, 2013
    6
    One thing! Jamie Lee Curtis's body. DAMN she looked fine in black lingerie. Besides if you do not take it seriously, it is better than most action-comedies. One from Arnie's golden age. An easy and fun movie to watch, but of course no "serious" material, but it does not take itself seriously (which is good). I can recommend it for fun! Expand

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