Twister (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 10, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A high-concept blockbuster that emphasizes special effects over three-dimensional characters, Twister's visceral thrills are often offset by the film's generic plot.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It looks real, and Director Jan De Bont keeps the action coming so fast there's no time to question it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Holds up against the noisy, busy, idiotically-scripted movies of today for all sorts of reasons [but] that does not excuse it from being a noisy, busy, idiotically-scripted movie in its own right.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Decent disaster movie for teens.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, clichéd, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

Extreme-weather buffs, thrill-ride junkies and anyone else in search of mindless entertainment need look no further.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
So it's impossible that any of these characters survive any of these close encounters with the twisters. That being said, the plot is ludicrous and… More
Jim Careter
Twister is not a good movie, but if was fun to watch. The plot was really boring and dumb, but so are most summer blockbusters like this. The cast was okay, i… More
Film Crazy
One of my favourite movies in this genre! Its a suspenful drama! If you enjoy disaster movies and are intrigue with nature and twisters, and with a hint of a… More
Alex roy
Aside from Speed 2: Cruise Control this is director Jan de Bont's worst film. I've seen a few times when I was younger, and with each viewing I found… More
Eric Alvarez
Disaster movie made for teens.
Melvin White
Melissa: I gotta go Julia, we got cows. Twister is a mindless yet very exciting and entertaining disaster film. Fans of the genre know this one well and like… More