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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    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] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 12
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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] show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

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

  • 50

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

  • 40
    Chicago Reader

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

  • 30
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises. [12 June 1987, p.C6] show more

  • 30
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1] show more

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