All the ‘Terminator’ Movies Ranked

  • Variety
When I read my Variety colleague Owen Gleiberman’s review of “Terminator: Dark Fate,” in which he astutely described 1984’s “The Terminator,” the film that spawned the franchise, as “a ruthlessly efficient post-apocalyptic B-movie” that represented “low-down genre-thriller classicism,” I could only smile and nod in agreement. Truth to tell, back in the day, the Orion Pictures release was a major surprise primarily because not much was expected of James Cameron’s original killer-cyborg melodrama — the director’s first step toward semi-respectability after grabbing attention with “Piranha II: The Spawning” (1981).

Indeed, the movie was on my radar only because, several months before it opened, I fortuitously was in the right place at the right time while it was filming on location in a dodgy section of downtown L.A. How dodgy? Consider: I was in town to cover the Oscars, among other attractions, for the long-gone Houston Post when I
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