(1994)

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100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Director James Cameron always works on a mega- canvas, yet he's brought off something unique here.
90
Much of the appeal of True Lies comes from the smooth grafting of battle-of-the-sexes comedy onto a high-tech action picture.
88
ReelViews
One of the best things about True Lies is that it's genuinely funny.
83
Entertainment Weekly
True Lies is so eager to give you a giddy good time that you're more than happy to let it work you over. It's a likably disposable pop cocktail.
80
Empire
The net result is unbeatably good fun, helped along by that inherent fantasy that one man can create global mayhem without stopping to worry who's going to clean up afterwards.
80
Los Angeles Times
As the perfectionist creator of bravura set pieces, Cameron is still the leader of the pack. [14 Jul 1994 Pg. F1]
75
The director, James Cameron, is a master of action (he worked with Schwarzenegger on "Terminator 2"), and when he's doing his thing, no one does it better.
70
Chicago Reader
The comedy is extremely broad (with Curtis eliciting almost as many laughs as Schwarzenegger), the action sequences are as well crafted as one can expect from Cameron, and the meaning is as root basic as anyone would wish.
60
This mixture of comedy and super-agent spectacle works well at first. But when Schwarzenegger's family and working worlds link up -- an inevitable development -- the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and overwrought.
50
Austin Chronicle
The catch is, once you get past the stunning special effects and the mind-numbing stuntwork, there's not all that much there.

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