The Terminal
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Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge, until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity--and even romance with a beautiful… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an odd fable: Viktor is the mysterious visitor who shows us what the American Dream is all about-in the movie's terms, compassion for others -- without ever wanting to become an American himself."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Lovely and well worth sharing with your family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A great filmmaker doing minor work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hanks is excellent and I applaud Spielberg for delving into some new territory."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Even in the desolation of an airport lounge at midnight, Viktor is too pure, we realize, to entertain the ghost of a dirty thought."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"This is the first time in my life I wanted to spend more time in an airport terminal, and Spielberg is just such a brilliant filmmaker; the things he does with light and with motion and some amazing tracking shots."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A crowd-pleasing and entertaining film about humanity and heart with excellent performances and competent directing from Spielberg."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Terminal's conclusion was as awkward and aloof as O'Hare Airport in December."
‑ Uri Lessing,
"There are story threads that play out enjoyably, and other threads end up going nowhere. Enjoy the film from scene to scene, since there are definite pleasures along the way."
‑ Moriarty, Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
"A feel-good film of such originality and sweetness in a summer of otherwise derivative sequels and remakes that it practically qualifies for miracle status."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Amiable if rather toothless fable."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's the type of movie that would easily entertain any viewer."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Hanks' overdone slapstick antics and awful accent ... keep this featherweight farce from taking flight."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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