Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks.
  2. 89
    It's a keeper, a tumultuous love story set against the backdrop of 24 hours of really, really inclement weather in the Oklahoma heartland.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
  4. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the rush of raw excitement "Twister" creates is that it makes it possible to ignore the painful awkwardness of the film's expository sequences and thudding dialogue of the "OK, boss lady, hold your horses" variety.
  5. Twister is full of marvelous special effects. The story exists only to provide some respite between those marvels, like dialogue in an opera full of terrific arias. [10 June 1996, p.24]
  6. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    This film encompasses everything that is both grating and great about the blockbuster. It gives scant regard to character depth or dialogue while still being a must-see hoopla of computer trickery that weakens the knees and raises the neck-hairs.
  7. Hurtling pace, by-the-numbers character development and exotic science. Tornado-chasing suddenly takes on a sex appeal not usually associated with horrendous storms.
  8. 75
    Doesn't have any pretensions. It is what it sets out to be: an effective piece of big money, early summer entertainment designed to blow viewers away.
  9. And for a movie that stars acts of God, this work of mortals provides surprisingly little liftoff. The stuff that whips through the angry skies in Twister is the most exciting part of the spectacle. Essentially, we're turned on by debris.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Another theme park ride of a movie without an ounce of emotional credibility to it, Twister succeeds on its own terms by taking the audience somewhere it has never been before: into a tornado's funnel.
  11. The engineering of the special effects is fairly impressive, and the sight of so many objects and creatures being buffeted about carries a certain apocalyptic splendor.
  12. 63
    You want loud, dumb, skillful, escapist entertainment? Twister works. You want to think? Think twice about seeing it.
  13. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Extreme-weather buffs, thrill-ride junkies and anyone else in search of mindless entertainment need look no further.
  14. Audiences may howl at the hackneyed plot and dialogue, but you won't hear them over the Dolby sound effects assaulting your eardrums at a gazillion decibels.
  15. The scenes of destruction-apart from being great to watch-provide much-needed relief from these people's unidimensional banalities.
  16. 40
    Twister not only blows, it sucks, too.
  17. Big swirls of computer-generated dirt, a bickering couple and the dead certainty that the fiancee will leave and the bickerers will get back together. An exciting night out, or what?
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Apr 21, 2015
    7
    A personal favourite, though I gave it a medium rating. It's just so darn exciting, even with the somewhat wooden performance from BillA personal favourite, though I gave it a medium rating. It's just so darn exciting, even with the somewhat wooden performance from Bill Paxton. Some rather convincing special effects for the mid-nineties, too. Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2015
    7
    Twister provides cool effects but a flat story/characters. The tornado scenes are intense and fun to watch (if at times ludicrous). The humanTwister provides cool effects but a flat story/characters. The tornado scenes are intense and fun to watch (if at times ludicrous). The human drama element just isn't that interesting though, and we just don't care about these people. It's a terribly average movie, the acting is fine, the script is decent, the story is functional. But when you don't really care about the people in these fire situations, the tension is significantly toned down. This is a fun movie to watch if you have nothing to do. You won't regret seeing it, but you'll step away struggling to remember the details of the plot other than "a tornado destroys everything". Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    7
    Its an okay movie with good special effects. The ending is amazing, but I don't understand how they made it without a scratch! Again, theIts an okay movie with good special effects. The ending is amazing, but I don't understand how they made it without a scratch! Again, the effects are amazing, and I'll watch again! Full Review »