Unauthorized to enter the United States, an Eastern European (Tom Hanks) befriends a flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones) while living in a New York airport.
" The dramatic part of this ensemble drama doesn't work very well. "
" The small joys it has to offer are wholly dependent on the willingness of the audience to indulge in the proverbial suspension of disbelief. And believe me, much indulging is necessary. "
" An enjoyable ensemble movie anchored by Hanks' incredible -- and incredibly generous -- performance. "
" Feels disingenuous and dogmatic. "
" It's an odd fable: Viktor is the mysterious visitor who shows us what the American Dream is all about-in the movie's terms, compassion for others -- without ever wanting to become an American himself. "
" This is the first time in my life I wanted to spend more time in an airport terminal, and Spielberg is just such a brilliant filmmaker; the things he does with light and with motion and some amazing tracking shots. "
" Even in the desolation of an airport lounge at midnight, Viktor is too pure, we realize, to entertain the ghost of a dirty thought. "
" Delicately funny and inventive. "
" Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made. "
" A gentle alternative to noisy kid-oriented action flicks, raucous comedies and the agitprop of Fahrenheit 9/11. "
" Discordant, unsatisfying, sometimes emotionally incoherent. "
" The Terminal is so beautifully directed, so pleasurable to watch and so thoughtfully put together, it's a disappointment when you realize, halfway through, that the movie is going to fall way short of a masterpiece. "
" I'm not in love with The Terminal, but I liked every minute in it. "
" It's not bad so much as empty, self-satisfied and cute. "
" The concept was there; the production abilities were there. It's the execution that fell apart. "
" A feel-good film of such originality and sweetness in a summer of otherwise derivative sequels and remakes that it practically qualifies for miracle status. "
" The Terminal is quintessential Spielberg: perfectly cast, technically breathtaking, sentimental to the point of being one sugar cube away from gooey and extremely pleasurable to watch. "
" This may not be a great movie, but it may prove a great feel-good balm to many. "
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