The Terminator
The Terminator (1984)

A Cyborg has been sent from the future on a deadly mission, it has been programmed to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor. Sarah has no idea that her life will have a staggering effect on the fate of mankind and that she is in danger of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 26, 1984
DVD Release Date: September 3, 1997
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.

Hank Gallo
New York Daily News

You almost forget the film's flaws - like the cartoony look of the war-ravaged future. Here, the most absurd excursion is believable and we go along willingly - stopping now and then for a breath or a laugh.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Much of Terminator's greatness is due to its low-budget aesthetic and lo-fi energy; perhaps out of necessity, Cameron's sense of storytelling has a lean efficiency that both he and the series have long since abandoned.

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Kirk Ellis
Hollywood Reporter

The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since The Road Warrior.

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Jay Scott
Globe and Mail

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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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Getting the extraordinary physical specimen of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the lead was a stroke of genius and a stroke of fortune. Each of his pecs is the size of a bull's flank.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Damn close to perfect.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As a souvenir of a kind of B-grade action cinema that has all but vanished, The Terminator should find a small place in the heart of every movie addict.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator."

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KJ Proulx
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] In recent years the reputation of the action film has gone completely downhill.… More
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Eric Shankle
A very intense and original science-fiction film. It's not as good as the sequel and some of the effects are dated, but that doesn't stop it from… More