Endlessly imitated, The Terminator made the reputation of cowriter/director James Cameron -- who would go on to make 1997's titanic Titanic -- and solidified the stardom of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The ... read more
Directed by: James Cameron
Release Date: October 26, 1984
DVD Release Date: September 3, 1997
Stats: 29,497 reviews
Flixster Reviews (29,497)
December 30, 2012
It sure is funny how memory plays tricks on you. I can tell you in which theater I saw the way ahead of its time Terminator back on initial release in 1984 (ironic that: 1984); and yet my memories of the film itself are shaded by a veil of "man that was awesome".
In viewing t...
December 2, 2012
The well-written and exhilarating cyberpunk classic that started the successful franchise. A very intelligent science-fiction that is always extremely tense and well paced, offering the scary vision of a bleak post-apocalyptic future and a terrifying, indestructible villain.
September 3, 2012
In recent years the reputation of the action film has gone completely downhill. With a few exceptions, action movies have forgotten the power of narrative, by too often favouring artificial explosions an...
August 3, 2012
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 keeping you on the edge of your seat.
August 3, 2012
The thing that won't die, in the nightmare that won't end.
Excellent Film! This is one of the great movies of the 80's. The Terminator is a thrilling sci-fi that entertains. This is the movie that got started James Camerons clime of fame. The action, suspense, plot, acting, and ...
February 4, 2012
James Cameron's best creation.
December 26, 2011
In a post apocalyptic future where humanity has been made all but extinct by rebellious technology, a relentless killing machine is sent back in time to assassinate the mother of the human resistance leader who represents their only hope of salvation. The original Terminator film...
October 9, 2011
Though the Sequel is far more superior, this film is still fantastic. The effects for the time still look impressive, the plot is very creative and original, the acting is great, The music is incredible, and the action is fantastic. Arnold does one of his best performances with t...
August 30, 2011
A classic and I love it, but the sequel is better and this is an iconic role for Arnold, I love this film.
July 31, 2011fb729949618
This film made Arnold. It also set a huge standard for other films as far as action sequences go.
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