Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: May 10, 1996
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MovieGuysApr 23, 2014
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 theOne 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. Expand
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KDDec 13, 2005
This movie kicks ass from beginning to end. great special effects great action great story, great everything.
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MovieLonely94Oct 27, 2010
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.
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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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PatC.Jun 3, 2004
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 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
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GaborA.Jun 9, 2004
I don't know how, but it was worse than i expected.
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GavinCAug 10, 2009
A great thriller with a bit of romance and plenty of education.
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SaerA.Aug 22, 2004
Twister has great special effects althought the acting was average by Bill Paxton, but overall its a really good movie.
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LucyKNov 26, 2005
This is a successful thriller; action packed, well timed, and great acting.
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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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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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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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beingryanjudeSep 1, 2014
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!
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Masseffectfan1Apr 24, 2012
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
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PuciferMay 31, 2013
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 toThe 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
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heromoderApr 21, 2015
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.
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XavierBlaqJan 9, 2014
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 theseTwister, 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. Expand
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ricky1121Oct 8, 2014
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!
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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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homer4presidentMar 28, 2015
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 aTwister 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
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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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Evyan2002Jan 24, 2016
Twister is one of the best disaster films out there. It's fun, it's scary, and it's entertaining. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were very good actors in the movie
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EpicLadySpongeJan 4, 2016
I don't like disaster movies. It's hard for me to find such a good one too. Twister tried and it really tried to interest me, but it failed. You might love it, but not me.
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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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choomtabi31Apr 27, 2016
Good movie. Good effects. Good acting. Expect the typical character-driven drama cliches. But all in all a decent family friendly disaster movie.

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DeJonFilmCriticJun 13, 2016
An awesome and enjoyable tornado movie that I still love to this day. Twister gives out great visual effects and memorable scenes to entertain the younger and keep older audiences interested.
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