Twister

Twister
Twister
  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 1996
Rotten57%
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Don't Breathe! Don't Look Back! Just run for your life when a destructive force of nature comes howling straight toward you, destroying everything in its path--when you're running from a Twister. Academy Award winner Helen Hunt stars as Dr. Jo Thornton-Harding, who as a small girl watched her father sucked to his death from her family's storm cellar by a massive tornado. Now a storm chaser, a scientist who risks her life to study the dark side of nature by taking her data-transmitting instruments directly into the path of a deadly storm, Jo chases the largest tornado to ever strike Oklahoma as her marriage implodes and rival scientists will stop and nothing to steal her breakthrough.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten57%
Critics Consensus: A high-concept blockbuster that emphasizes special effects over three-dimensional characters, Twister's visceral thrills are often offset by the film's generic plot.
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Variety
Todd McCarthy
Rotten

Even more than with most of Michael Crichton's concoctions, this one conveys the overwhelming impr...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
'90s disaster movie has violence, some cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Twister is a 1996 movie about the dangers and exhilaration of pursuing tornadoes on the Oklahoma plains and the types of personalities attracted to the endeavor. Cows, semi-trucks, trucks, and houses are shown to whirl around and crash violently to the ground in the action sequences; while younger audiences will note that these special effects are superior to the CGI sharks from the Sharknado franchise, the spectacle of these large bovines and objects spinning airborne might not impress them as much as the audiences who saw this when it was first released. A man is shown trying to keep a storm cellar shut before getting violently blown away by a tornado in front of his wife and young daughter. A man is impaled by a piece of metal that crashes through his windshield, causing his truck to flip and explode, killing the other passenger. There's occasional profanity, including one use of "f--k." A small town is shown devastated after a tornado struck. Some gratuitous innuendo: A tornado chaser talks about the "suck zone" in a way that implies he's not just talking about tornadoes; a woman later revealed to be a reproductive therapist answers her cell phone and exclaims, "She didn't marry your penis!"

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:May 10, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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