Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: May 10, 1996
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FilmMasterEdJan 6, 2016
Don't bother warning Auntie Em to take shelter in the fruit cellar. The tornado ripping through this fiendishly funny farce is more likely to cause psychic than property damage. The setting is contemporary Kansas, and Dorothy would hardlyDon't bother warning Auntie Em to take shelter in the fruit cellar. The tornado ripping through this fiendishly funny farce is more likely to cause psychic than property damage. The setting is contemporary Kansas, and Dorothy would hardly recognize the place; it looks like Oz gone to seed. This Cleveland family resides in a mansion that reflects conspicuous consumerism. There's even a live-in maid (Charlaine Woodard). But inside, everyone seems ready to crumble. Dad (Harry Dean Stanton) has made millions selling soda pop and operating miniature-golf courses; now he's thinking of breeding miniature cows. Mom has long since fled to the comfort of a mental institution. Sonny, played way beyond the hilt by Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), dresses in black and carries a whip; he's trying for "a total look." Daughter (Suzy Amis) is a boozing, tantrum-tossing unwed mother whose advice to her precocious eight-year-old, Violet (Lindsay Christman), runs along the practical lines of "Get me a beer."

First-time director Michael Almeredya, who adapted the script from Mary Robison's 1981 novel OH!, has etched a disturbingly comic portrait of the nuclear family nuked. Storm clouds loom when Violet's father (Dylan McDermott) returns from Canada to rescue his kid and her mother from these loonies, but he's another of the walking wounded — just less recognizably so. The same is true for Miss Virginia (Lois Chiles, in a knockout performance), a TV-kiddie-show host who's never scarier than when she thinks she's being sane. Still, even Miss Virginia is on target when she tells Dad, her demented suitor, that his family "has lost the habit of thinking."

Almeredya hasn't. His auspicious debut augurs a stunning future. The film may be blissfully bonkers, but it also speaks tellingly of the dislocation in American life. Part fun house, part chamber of horrors, Twister emerges as outrageous, original entertainment.
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CineAutoctonoDec 19, 2015
Twister was a slightly exciting movie , and is much better than "Into the Storm" in my opinion , as good work of the cast, the plot well and good visual effects
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WJSJun 13, 2015
Spectacular visuals combine with adequate acting, but a less than stellar narrative to make this a middle of the road disaster flick more made for TV;
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JacobJun 10, 2015
If you can suspend your disbelief in regards to characters chasing after a tornado and just enjoy it as a dumb disaster movie Twister is fun. The effects on the tornados are really good, some of the action scenes are quite thrilling, and atIf you can suspend your disbelief in regards to characters chasing after a tornado and just enjoy it as a dumb disaster movie Twister is fun. The effects on the tornados are really good, some of the action scenes are quite thrilling, and at times the goofyness of the film can be entertaining. At the same time, the film is also quite cheesy from the dialogue to the occasional cartoony voice that requires one to turn off their brains. There is much to get invested in either as the characters in this film are poorly developed and uninteresting. If you go into Twister expecting a thrilling disaster film, you will somewhat get what you want but if you are looking for anything deeper in regards to characters you’ll find this film tasteless. Expand
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ZudeareDec 23, 2012
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.
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j30Jan 26, 2012
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 LaraAw 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. Expand
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davenbettridgeAug 28, 2011
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 getCut 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. Expand
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