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  • Summary: The largest storm to hit Oklahoma in more than half a century is brewing, and it promises to drop multiple twisters into Tornado Alley. It's the storm that two rival groups of scientists have been waiting for to earn their place in meteorological history. [Warner Bros.]
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Extreme-weather buffs, thrill-ride junkies and anyone else in search of mindless entertainment need look no further.
  7. 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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 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 doOne 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
  2. KD
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    This movie kicks ass from beginning to end. great special effects great action great story, great everything.
  3. 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 andwhy 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. Expand
  4. 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 throughThe 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
  5. 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! Expand
  6. 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 findA 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! Expand
  7. 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.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 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

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