• 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
  • 100
    A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
  • 100
    Luke Y. Thompson Dallas Observer
    The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly
    Kineticism and suspense, combined with strongly conceived characters....Made Cameron a talent to watch. [13 Jan 1995, p. 67]
  • 90
    Richard Corliss Time
    Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
  • 88
    A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
  • 80
    TV Guide Magazine
    An amazingly effective picture that becomes doubly impressive when one considers its small budget.
  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
  • 70
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader
    Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet.
  • 60
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    A B-movie with flair.