The Terminator

Movie review by Ken Feil, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Terrific sci-fi action, but too violent for some.

R 1984 108 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 58 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 239 reviews

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age 12+

Great Movie, and if you get scared easily, wait till your 12

I watched this when I was 10, because I wasn't too easily scared, and nothing really bothered me. There is a sex scene at 81 minutes, but it contributes to the storyline, so don't skip it. It's violent, sure, but not too bad. The Terminator shoots a lot of people and rips a mans heart out (not too violent in my opinion). The profanity. Maybe a bit more swearing then you'd expect. In the beginning, there is three punks that pull a knife on The Terminator, and say: F**k you a**hole. The sex in it is everything a 12 year old could handle. The sex scene does show a very brief shot of breasts, and The Terminator walks around naked until he steals some clothes (Butt seen). Some cigarettes, but not much Overall, I think the violence is 4/5, the sex is a 3/5, the drinking, drugs and smoking is a 2/5 and profanity is a 3/5.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

Watch out for nudity and sex scene

Other reviews haven’t mentioned this, but soon after Arnold first manifests, naked, and right after we see the punks, Arnold approaches them and we see ***full frontal nudity on Arnold*** (his privates swinging, somewhat shadowed but clearly visible). Then a sex scene at 81 minutes that’s about a minute and a half to two minutes long. If you can skip these parts and don’t mind cursing and violence, a child could watch it, depending on your morals. As others have mentioned, each time the two men appear right after time travel, you see their buttocks. But I hadn’t seen mention of full frontal nudity on The Terminator (again, the movie shows the punks, and right after that Arnold approaches them naked, then camera pans to their reaction and they make fun of him). After they start making fun of him you don’t see his front privates anymore.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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