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Shot almost entirely on a two-and-a-half-story recreation of a full-size operating airport terminal, this romantic comedy from director Steven Spielberg revolves around an Eastern European man by the name of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), whose plans of immigrating to New York were hastened by a violent coup in his home country. Unfortunately, Viktor finds himself on the wrong end of a nasty technicality while en route to America: His passport was issued from a country, which, during its upheaval, ceased to exist in an official capacity. Unauthorized to leave Kennedy Airport upon his arrival and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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
"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
"The Terminal's conclusion was as awkward and aloof as O'Hare Airport in December."
‑ Uri Lessing, www.kcactive.com
"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
"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
"Amiable if rather toothless fable."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"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
"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, Salon.com
"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
"The film loses its hushed sense of 'lost-in-the-system' hopelessness and becomes a silly, 'let's all put on a show!' feel-gooder that misses more often not."
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
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