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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88

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

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 90

    A tense, slickly executed thriller. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

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

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity. show more

  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 100
    Luke Y. Thompson Dallas Observer

    The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening. show more

  • 100

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

  • 90
    Richard Corliss Time

    Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105] show more

  • 70
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet. show more

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