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The Terminal

Comedy. Drama. Romance Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe, whose homeland erupts in a fiery coup while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge until the war at home is over.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
"Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have made, in 'The Terminal,' a sweet and delicate comedy (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"In 'The Terminal', the scary modern world simultaneously shrinks into a friendly, artificial garden of escalators and food courts and expands toward the farthest horizon of the human imagination."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Nev Pierce
BBC
"'The Terminal' is like standing under a waterfall of vomit for two hours and occasionally being let out for air (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Rob Mackie
The Guardian
"I once spent three days living in Chicago's O'Hare airport but it wasn't quite as dull as this. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States
Keith Uhlich
Slant
"A film of inconsistent parts, but as with all of Spielberg's work there are more than a few diamonds in the rough (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Sukhdev Sandhu
Telegraph
"For all its good performances, fleeting charm, and overlong but pleasant enough narrative, advertising is what most damages this film (...) It's tacky, and it diminishes the drama (...) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Ian Nathan
Empire
"This unusual and elegant movie may have failed to connect with US audiences but it proves Spielberg is currently the most unpredictable director in Hollywood (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Even the best of talents misfire. Here's Exhibit A (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States
Keith Phipps
AV Club
"Hanks balances wide-eyed confusion with innate shrewdness"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Scott Foundas
Variety
"It’s a pleasure to spend time there."  POS
United StatesUnited States
Paul Clinton
CNN
"Spielberg can't save weak premise (...) The first 45 minutes or so are interesting (...) Then the whole thing takes a nose dive and never recovers."  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Stephen Hunter
The Washington Post
"A discordant, unsatisfying, sometimes emotionally incoherent story (...) Hanks is great; the movie isn't."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Alan Jones
Radio Times
"[It] provides some affecting comedy drama, but it doesn't fully convince thanks to director Steven Spielberg's reluctance to confront harsh realities (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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