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Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It looks real, and Director Jan De Bont keeps the action coming so fast there's no time to question it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Decent disaster movie for teens."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"It may not be fashionable to like Twister, but darn if it isn't an entertaining electro-shock of action cinema."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The plot is thin and the characters are shallow. But who cares! The picture and sound are knockouts."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Even more than with most of Michael Crichton's concoctions, this one conveys the overwhelming impression of a mechanical entertainment, a very high concept in which the characters and their problems seem like utterly arbitrary creations."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"An expert in making audiences squirm and twist, at making us feel the rush of experience right along with the actors, De Bont choreographs action and suspense so beautifully he makes it seem like a snap."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Extreme-weather buffs, thrill-ride junkies and anyone else in search of mindless entertainment need look no further."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Surely the only movie to ever suggest a dumbed-down His Girl Friday, Road Runner cartoon, and The Abyss simultaneously"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Twister isn't the brilliant machine that Speed was, but it often packs a comparable wallop."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, clichéd, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The movie is wall-to-wall with special effects, and they're all convincing, although it's impossible for me to explain how Bill and Jo escape serious injury while staring right up into the Suck Zone of the Finger of God."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The action starts in the opening frame and never lets up."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"When it sticks to kinetically portraying the sheer oddness of the tornadic phenomenon, Twister is a breeze. When it tries to recreate Hawks, it falls gracelessly from the green sky."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"I am going to recommend Twister for three reasons."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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