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: September 3, 1997
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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.

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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

More than enough violence to make it a profoundly moral film; and Arnold's a whizz.

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Nick Rogers

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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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Wittily written with a nice eye for sharp detail, it's hard sci-fi action all the way.

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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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Variety Staff

The Terminator is a blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.

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Total Film

A nerve-bludgeoning, relentlessly exciting action movie masterpiece.

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The well-written and exhilarating cyberpunk classic that started the successful franchise. A very intelligent science-fiction that is always extremely tense and… More
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