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  1. KD
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    This movie kicks ass from beginning to end. great special effects great action great story, great everything.
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    why won't we let God's hand piss us off with a lot of incredible movies including this one. Twister is a neat movie with very rad visuals and very hilarious acting.
  3. Aug 28, 2011
    5
    Cut out the special effects in this movie and your left with actors who give the most annoying performances of their careers and a preposterously ridiculous predictable plot. This movie may be watchable but people who say its good need to get their heads checked. Twister is mediocre save for the special effects. Pass.
  4. PatC.
    Jun 3, 2004
    7
    A movie of three dimensions: the basic story line - which is crap, the special effects - which are awesome, and an interspersion of refreshingly quirky elements ? which while fragrant are not potent enough to overcome the heady stench of formula, but are worth suffering for. For example, the soundtrack is spiced up with offbeat musical selections (Deep Purple?s ?Sweet Child in Time?) and A movie of three dimensions: the basic story line - which is crap, the special effects - which are awesome, and an interspersion of refreshingly quirky elements ? which while fragrant are not potent enough to overcome the heady stench of formula, but are worth suffering for. For example, the soundtrack is spiced up with offbeat musical selections (Deep Purple?s ?Sweet Child in Time?) and the climactic scene from ?The Shining?. Melissa (Jami Gertz) comes across as boring and annoying simply because she is the only sane character in the cast. She provides the one spot of class acting in the film. Her caring restrained acceptance, while soaked like a puppy left out in the rain, that she is losing her fiancé and must let him go, is truly touching and, in the context of this film, embarrassingly genuine. The film charges ahead in pursuit of a twister?s ?suck zone?, determined to placate viewers with garbage, so Melissa drops from the show halfway along. The improbable and myopic story line proceeds to smother any further deviation from the romantic reunification formula, and tries to evoke absolution-by-tornado as a quest for the comfort of hearth and home, as in the Wizard of Oz?s, ?there?s no place like home.? What it feels like is the scarecrow?s lament, ?if I only had a brain.? Once the need to force the plot is disposed of and the good guys are happy happy happy, the film is free to conclude for what it really is, a theme poem about the weather. The most stirring part of the entire movie is during the credits as cumulus clouds pile into the stratosphere to Van Halen guitar licks. Bottom Line: As blockbusters go, good movie. (The Blockbuster Formula requires subtracting 3 points before viewing.) The special effects are better than good. As depicting tornadoes with enhanced authenticity, they are better than perfect. Expand
  5. GaborA.
    Jun 9, 2004
    1
    I don't know how, but it was worse than i expected.
  6. GavinC
    Aug 10, 2009
    9
    A great thriller with a bit of romance and plenty of education.
  7. SaerA.
    Aug 22, 2004
    8
    Twister has great special effects althought the acting was average by Bill Paxton, but overall its a really good movie.
  8. LucyK
    Nov 26, 2005
    9
    This is a successful thriller; action packed, well timed, and great acting.
  9. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    5
    Aw the good old Jan de Bont days filed with good special effects and well not much else. First Speed (pretty awesome), then Twister (pretty OK), then Speed: Cruise Control (oh God no), then The Haunting (make it stop!), then finally Lara Croft (I've lost faith in humanity). That pretty much sums it up right there.
  10. Dec 23, 2012
    4
    Lots of cliches and suffers from deus ex machina, the only thing that i found enjoyable about this movie is it's special effects, which were great for it's time, other than that, not recommended.
  11. Sep 1, 2014
    7
    A great, thrilling piece of film--and the only one of its kind. Films surrounding natural disasters come and go each year, but you'll find yourself always comparing those to Twister. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton at their best!
  12. Apr 24, 2012
    9
    May well be the best film ever made, everything about it is amazing you love storms or tornadoes then twister is for you! also the special effects in this film are superb outstanding and still show up well today despite the film being made in 1996
  13. May 31, 2013
    7
    The film's special effects are effective, even thrilling, but after a while you start to ask yourself why, with all the debris flying through the air, does hardly anybody even get a scratch? And it does seem a rather cynical movie ploy to posit a series of increasingly violent tornadoes as backdrop to a rather perfunctory marriage reconciliation. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, andThe film's special effects are effective, even thrilling, but after a while you start to ask yourself why, with all the debris flying through the air, does hardly anybody even get a scratch? And it does seem a rather cynical movie ploy to posit a series of increasingly violent tornadoes as backdrop to a rather perfunctory marriage reconciliation. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and it shows it. But it is a welcome change to build a movie around "scientists" as heroes, and even throw in a rival scientific group (the corporate sell-outs) as the bad guys. Expand
  14. 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 Bill Paxton. Some rather convincing special effects for the mid-nineties, too.
  15. Apr 23, 2014
    10
    One of my personal favorites, Twister wows us with it's special effects and great CGI. Yeah, the ending might be a little cheesy, but what do you expect, it's Hollywood! Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt have great chemistry, and the addition of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his funniest roles make this movie.
  16. Jan 9, 2014
    1
    Twister, though it does have decent acting and good intentions, is a completely ignorant movie that makes little to no sense throughout. Though the special effects are good (considering the time it came out), the implementation of these effects are completely ridiculous, making me feel like I am watch a terrible z-movie rather than a serious drama. Also, multiple characters (the mainTwister, though it does have decent acting and good intentions, is a completely ignorant movie that makes little to no sense throughout. Though the special effects are good (considering the time it came out), the implementation of these effects are completely ridiculous, making me feel like I am watch a terrible z-movie rather than a serious drama. Also, multiple characters (the main characters included) are supposed to be intelligent weather experts, yet they act on multiple occasions like idiots and make decisions that only common sense would tell anyone are not smart. Finally, the use of a tornado as a monster like Jason or Michael Myers does not help their cause at all. A tornado is not some serial killer trying to murder people, it is a product of nature that has no complicity to act sadistically. All together, these aspects made Twister nearly unbearable, and only the acting (which, as I said, is not bad) kept me able to watch this movie to its conclusion. Collapse
  17. 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, the effects are amazing, and I'll watch again!
  18. 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 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 theseTwister 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". Expand
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.