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  • Summary: An ambitious genetic experiment takes the wrong turn when two twins - who look nothing alike - are born and then separated. Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius, a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent, a pint-sized hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hitman on their tail, the newfound brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother - but end up finding out more about themselves. (Universal Studios) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 75
    Twins is not a great comedy - it's not up there with Reitman's "Ghostbusters" and DeVito is not as funny as he was in "Ruthless People" and "Wise Guys" - but it is an engaging entertainment with some big laughs and a sort of warm goofiness.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    The whole movie has a warmth about it that never slops over into sentiment: there is much more here than tall-guy, short-guy jokes. [12 Dec 1988, p.82]
  3. Twins starts with an overblown fairy-tale quality that seems as if it should work. But, by the finish, the movie collapses on the shoulders of the stars. It works because they both showed up and delivered the goods and kept their end of the deal. [9 Dec 1988, p.1]
  4. Shtick is what Twins is all about, but there's good shtick and bad shtick, and there's enough good shtick in Twins, the majority of it involving Arnold Schwarzenegger's exposure to modern U.S. mores, to keep the momentum going. [10 Dec 1988, p.C3]
  5. 50
    There is a genuine sweetness in Reitman's work that balances the innate cruelty of much '80s film comedy. But this time the gags are too feeble to provide a counterweight and the film tips into the cute, benign and pointless. [9 Dec 1988, p.A]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    Schwarzenegger proves to be mildly amusing, but DeVito seems to be coasting on his past reputation as an audience pleaser.
  7. In Twins, which is supposed to be funny, the former Mr. Universe and pint-sized Danny DeVito play twins, the result of a genetic experiment that went awry. To the extent that Twins is carried by anybody, it is carried by Mr. DeVito. Mr. Schwarzenegger is dead weight. [9 Dec 1988, p.C18]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 26, 2014
    8
    Twins as a movie itself is only okay, but it produces one of Arnold's most enjoyable roles, so that's a plus. DeVito doesn't really add anything new, and relies on his previous roles to fill this one. Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2012
    7
    Despite a weak beginning, this film manages to instead keep going up instead of sinking even lower. The actors are perfect for their roles - their contrast provided the strength it needed to maintain the thickening plot. Very good comedy - I think it weighed it down a little, which is often a side effect of trying to implement comedy so forcefully just because it was a comedy. But the upside was that it was funny anyway without trying too hard. What I didn't get about this film was that it was sometimes confusing and kept changing direction - which is difficult when you're trying to maintain a couple of sub-plots, and I don't think this handled it very well. The comedy made it more than bearable though and the film didn't just become overly benign, self-centred on making the audience feel really sorry for the characters. In the end, this film had incredible heart in fulfilling a comedic yet thoughtful purpose. Collapse

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