The Terminator Synopsis
Killer cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) visits 1984 Los Angeles to alter history.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
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100

Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
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100

Variety

A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

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Kineticism and suspense, combined with strongly conceived characters....Made Cameron a talent to watch. [13 Jan 1995, p. 67]
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90

Empire

A tense, slickly executed thriller.
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
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88

Premiere

A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
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80

TV Guide

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An amazingly effective picture that becomes doubly impressive when one considers its small budget.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays...
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For Children or Not

By nadeemstooges
Age 16-26 This movie should be rated R. Coarse language, violence, content and nudity. Plus suspense. Seventh and eight graders can watch but with strict parental guidance. Suitable for adults and...

Stay classy Mr. Al Bebock

By Dark Light
Love it or hate it, this movie was awesome for it's time. I still feel terror creeping up on me during certain sequences. If you haven't seen this movie, take advantage of the first opportunity to do...

The Terminator Movie Review

By Asianfreak
91 out of 100 The most excellent sci-fi action thriller ever!...

A classic.

By autofandango
Saw this in a theater for first time, and its strange comparing how much better this movie is than modern action flicks despite the relative lack of special FX....

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Come with me if you want to see a Good Movie!

By roberson2013
When I discovered that this movie was released in 1984, I was mind blown. This looks like something that was made 20 years from now. It is to date, the only action movie with a 100% rotten tomatoes...

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terminator

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Exellent all time favorite need to watch if havent already...

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By ctc453
The action is great. Awesome storyline....

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Rated R
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Terrific sci-fi action, but too violent for some.
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