True Lies
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Borrowing liberally from the French film La Totale, this is an action picture, domestic comedy, and political thriller rolled into a crowd-pleasing ball of entertainment. Producer James Cameron wrote and directed the film. Henry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a workaholic computer salesman neglecting his mousy wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), a legal secretary. Simon (Bill Paxton) seduces Helen with the lie that he is a secret agent; he's really a used car salesman. Harry suspects that Helen is cheating on him, and he sends a few colleagues to kidnap them. Helen then discovers that Harry… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the Gulf War gave you an insatiable taste for burning oil and burning Arabs, this extravaganza will tide you over for at least a couple of days."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"As this comedy of manners unfolds, it is played for all-out action as well as satiric humor."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Writer/director James Cameron has made his fair share of groundbreaking, great movies, but pound for pound True Lies is his most flat-out entertaining."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"James Cameron is able to present his usual high-impact action, pushing the film out of the realm of simple Bond spoofing."
‑ , Film4
"I've said it before, and I'll go on saying it unless he flips out and does an Edith Wharton adaptation: Nobody does action like James Cameron."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Providing its share of fun in stretches, pic ultimately overstays its welcome with a level of mayhem that will simply feel like too much for any marginal fan of the genre."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"However high your ranking on the culture scale, I defy you to watch this and leave the theatre without a whistled 'Wow' followed by a grudging 'That's entertainment.'"
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Proves that throwing everything at the camera sometimes works a treat."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"An affectionate homage to James Bond movies, ratcheted up to meet the action/adventure expectations of today's audiences."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though not as irksome and irritating as Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero, this James Cameron actioner is more of a big technical machine than a story which is senseless."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Half the time, this hi-tech action movie delivers, in a mindless kind of way: it's fast, crude and has enough explosions and cartoon-style violence to satisfy our baser instincts."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An old-fashioned, high-tech, fun time at the movies."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Far be it from me to say that True Lies isn't a fun lark of an action-comedy, but it could stand to be a lot more fun and a lot more larking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"One of the best mega-budgeted summer blockbusters of the modern era. A deft blend of thrilling action and edgy comedy."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
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