Twister 1996

Critics score:
57 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Science aside, it's not hard to feel that these excitable characters are a wee bit berserk. But the movie works as escapism even if you do know enough to come in out of the rain. Read more

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. Read more

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James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's a perfect motion picture roller coaster -- fun, fast, and furious... as long as you don't think too hard. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: You know a movie is in trouble when a cow provides its only moment of authentic human interest. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, cliched, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more