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The Terminal Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The Terminal is a terminally fraudulent and all-but-interminable comedy.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    I didn't mind The Terminal, but I didn't really buy it, either. Spielberg has crafted the film with a proficiency as seamless, and impersonal, as the setting, and you may feel, after a while, that you're longing for your departure time.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    If moviegoers suspend their disbelief -- easy enough thanks to the diverse and talented cast, as well as Spielberg's capable direction -- they're bound to enjoy this cinematic fantasy.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In a summer of remakes, sequels and movies swollen with effects, The Terminal stands out as a strikingly original comedy.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A sweet and delicate comedy, a film to make you hold your breath, it is so precisely devised. It has big laughs, but it never seems to make an effort for them.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Lovely and well worth sharing with your family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie's PG-13 rating comes from brief strong language. There are some mild sexual references, including adultery. Characters drink and smoke and there is a reference to drugs. There are a few tense and sad moments.

  • Families can talk about some of their unexpected delays and other travel adventures. They could also talk about rules and how Navorski, Dixon, and some of the other characters decide when to follow them and when they need to be broken or rewritten. Why did they chose this word for the title? Were you surprised by what Navorski wanted from America and what he did not want? What does home mean to you?

What to watch for
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    Violence: Tense scenes.

  • sex false0

    Sex: References to adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief mild words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, reference to drug smuggling.