75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Moves at a breakneck pace, it has strong and simple characterizations, it has good location photography and terrific special effects, and it supplies what it claims to supply: an effective action movie.
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70

TV Guide

Crisply stylish and suspenseful, making brilliant use of optical special effects, Predator is one of Schwarzenegger's best.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
McTiernan, regrettably, seems more interested in spectacle than suspense, and the attack sequences are filmed for splashy visual impact. And an apocalyptic finale that raises the antiwar message to the nuclear level is more than McTiernan's metaphor can bear. [12 June 1987, Friday, p.J]
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50

Variety

A slightly above-average actioner that tries to compensate for tissue-thin-plot with ever-more-grisly death sequences and impressive special effects.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The movie, a rather pointless thing when you get down to it, has little of the provocative intelligence that was found in "Terminator." But at least it's self-propelling in terms of suspense and cheap thrills. [12 June 1987, Daily Datebook, p.78]
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40

Chicago Reader

Despite the off-rhythm styling and suggestions of primeval menace, there's really not much going on here.
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30

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
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30

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises. [12 June 1987, p.C6]
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12

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Arnold Schwarzenegger fights an outer-space monster in a third-world jungle. The monster never has a chance. Neither does the jungle. Neither does the audience. [19 June 1987, Arts & Leisure, p.23]
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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