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Worth A Look: 34.69%
Average: 8.16%
Pretty Bad: 12.24%
Total Crap: 4.08%

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True Lies
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by Chris Parry

"Symbolises everything that's bad about Hollywood. Moronic."
2 stars

To me, this movie symbolises everything that is wrong with the film industry. It's too big for it's own good, it goes for explosions over substance, it treats the movie-goer like a moron and the movie-goer, for whatever reason, chooses to ignore the slight and eat it up.

True Lies, directed by the king of spend spend spend, Jim Cameron, is crap. The late 80's and 90's trend of casting one of either Stallone, Schwarzennegger, or Willis in a film and adding a lot of explosions and chases and CGI and stupid one liners and allowing your hero to do things that defy gravity, let alone logic, reached it's apex with this film.

Okay, I'll concede I'm in the minority and that a lot of people rate this movie highly. That, to me, is just an indication of how far gone the whole situation is. The public has learned to accept these plotless adrenaline fests as genuine films, when they're more appropriate as amusement park rides.

In this one, Ah-nold and Jamie Lee Curtis are a married couple. Ah-nold is a spy, but Jamie Lee doesn't know about it. Ahnold get's into all sorts of strife, jumps onto a Harrier Jump Jet in mid air, avoids certain death when an uzi tumbling down stairs shoots eveyone in the room but he and his wife...

It's all so tawdry. But if cheap thrills are your thing, by all means, don't let me try to educate you. Go on. Enjoy your immature entertainment. Don't worry about furthering yourself.


Your mother and I are just worried about you, that's all.

You'll probably have an entertaining enough time watching this dross, but if you're looking for something of substance it's probably a good rule to steer clear of anything that says "directed by James Cameron" on the cover.

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originally posted: 08/31/98 00:37:41
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User Comments

3/30/16 Aj wales Cut 30 minutes of all the nonsense and would have been a classic. 4 stars
1/22/15 Tim This movie is better as a comedy than as an overblown actioner. Really funny, but absurd. 3 stars
12/22/11 Isaac This is a classic Schwarzenegger film; fun, bombastic and totally implausible. 5 stars
11/13/09 RealityOfFilms This is the best film ever! It is very funny and has a lot of action! 5 stars
8/10/09 Jeff Wilder Whaddya know? An action movie that actually ENTERTAINS and assumes one can think. 4 stars
6/11/09 gramma great fun movie 4 stars
6/02/09 Matt one of the best action comedies. Jamie Lee Curtis steals it 5 stars
1/27/09 Shaun Wallner Intense Action! 5 stars
10/16/07 R.W. Welch Has a nice light touch and good stunt work. B+ 4 stars
3/20/07 action movie fan good action scenes but sloppy and dull story 3 stars
2/17/07 Vip Ebriega Solid Arnold Schwarzenegger movie with Arny doin' his best roles. 4 stars
10/02/06 Beau very well thought out, one of the best all time favourite action movies. 5 stars
3/08/06 ALDO One of the last good action movies. 5 stars
1/04/06 cody This movie had aciton and decent story, and yes arnold, jamie lee gives sexy strip dance 3 stars
11/08/05 cooler Total rubbish.Crappy plot and mediocre cartoonish action sequences.I laughed at the end 1 stars
9/02/05 ES Amazingly action packed, hilarious and fun. Cameron knows how to make good films 5 stars
5/27/05 tony great movie! Action movie lovers watch out because this is better than sex! 5 stars
5/22/05 JN Entertaining throughout, albeit some scenes pushing the limit of credibility 5 stars
5/15/05 Indrid Cold Several dull stretches, but still a thrilling, juicy movie. 4 stars
5/13/05 Jennifer Regan The men just love this movie - it's good! 4 stars
3/23/05 clinger26 best arnold movie since the Terminator movies 5 stars
2/07/05 Jeff Anderson Forget TITANIC, this is James Cameron's most awesome film! Tom Arnold is GREAT IN THIS!!!!! 5 stars
1/28/05 Jack Scallops Best. Action. Film. Ever 5 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams Arnold's best besides T2 5 stars
11/01/04 Dan w00t! GREAT W00t!!!!!!!!! W)(TW(@#%@!!!!!111 5 stars
6/27/04 Christy A favorite! Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton steal the show! Arnold who? 5 stars
2/21/04 Stefan Halka Bill Paxton was brilliant as the pretending spy who is deep down a wussy. 4 stars
2/14/04 Robert A VERY good movie - Chris Parry must be a moron or a Muslim not to like it. 5 stars
12/30/03 Kevin Plant Worth it for Jamie's strip scene ! 4 stars
12/05/03 john uninvolving - some expensive action sequences - 2 stars
10/09/03 Buck Hilarious, exciting, maybe Arnold's best movie 5 stars
5/22/03 mr. Pink I inexplicably love this movie! Even the usually awful Tom Arnold is funny. 5 stars
12/07/02 BAM GREAT 5 stars
11/17/02 cinkcool good 5 stars
10/27/02 Matt Neopalitano The opening sequence rocked. 5 stars
10/11/02 y0rt good 5 stars
8/19/02 Nevz This was fun, go on, be a kid for a few hours! 4 stars
7/29/02 Captain Midol Very tongue-in-cheek. Very over the top. It laughs at itself, so go with it! 4 stars
7/12/02 KMG Jamie Lee makes this movie watchable...and I'm a chick! 4 stars
5/31/02 Justin Arnie's best film! 5 stars
5/26/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi Ur fired! 3 stars
5/22/02 Iris Dementia Praecox Arnold Schwarzenegger's best film. Suspenseful & smart. "You're fired!" best line. 5 stars
4/13/02 Movie Expert The worst James Cameron movie ever but it is still not much of criticism 5 stars
3/29/02 Evan The Critic DEFINATLY not one of Arnolds best, in fact one of the worst... go see Last Action Hero..... 2 stars
3/03/02 Butterbean Arnold's last good movie 4 stars
2/27/02 Shrike Brainless but fun Arnie action 4 stars
1/05/02 Andrew Carden Nothing To Brag About, Except For It's Dullness. 2 stars
11/18/01 Bront epic action flick 5 stars
10/07/01 jawsboy awesome movie. acting, action etc. = real good. though,shitty stunt double work & some fx 4 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk Great Arnold film after his Last Action Hero flop. Cameron is to thank. 5 stars
2/12/01 Jake The review from (((OZ))) pretty much sums it up for me. What a packaged piece of crap. 1 stars
1/01/01 Msitrab One of Arnold's best 5 stars
12/28/00 Turtle Funny and action-packed, but a bit lengthy. 4 stars
12/24/00 bub What about Tom Arnold, he was fucking hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/02/00 The dude this was arnolds best movie ever man 5 stars
10/24/00 Gremlin Best Arnold movie. Very cool movie. 5 stars
7/14/00 Japtalian Cat fight in the limo is worth the rental 4 stars
7/04/00 Stephen Anderson Not as good as the Terminator movies but still a brilliant movie 4 stars
6/24/00 Naushad Khanji Boring film with lacklustre action sequences 2 stars
6/07/00 JC Awesome action, one of arnold's best 5 stars
5/01/00 Steve Layne Even though it gets kind of cartoonish toward the end its still very entertaining. 4 stars
3/11/00 Richard Wright Thrilling action and hilarious situations abound in Arnie's best role to date. 4 stars
1/24/00 Casey Jarzabek OVERRATED 2 stars
1/17/00 Dirk Diggler i liked it alot 5 stars
1/12/00 moviefreak an amazing action film 5 stars
1/12/00 mickey a very good movie 5 stars
1/12/00 dr.d WOW! 5 stars
1/11/00 dr.d thrilling 5 stars
10/21/99 Tony Daquano Pretty Decent 4 stars
10/11/99 Annie It was so cool! Eliza Dushku is a wonderful actress and she didn't get enough screentime 5 stars
10/09/99 sophia962 I get pissed when I think how much he was paid for this but Jamie was worth it. 4 stars
5/27/99 GothamDK Over the top, but Arnold is at his best over the top! 4 stars
5/14/99 Jaddax bit long but very good one liners from Tom arnold 4 stars
2/20/99 Piz Great supporting charectors and a nice mix of story, smart and funny. 4 stars
2/07/99 Vick Di Brecci After the two Cameron/Shwartzenegger teamup for the two Terms,I was wholly let down by this 2 stars
1/09/99 Jo Mama this was a fuckin cartoon! loud and lacking in substance 3 stars
12/28/98 Lucy B. I'm not a big action flick fan but this movie delivers!Saw it with Speed & much prefered it 5 stars
11/27/98 BBReBozo I thought it was idiotic, except for Jamie Lee strippin' off her clothes. 1 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob Bang Bang, Boom Boom..It's Arnie time! Cameronisms save it, somewhat. 4 stars
9/25/98 Des Bromilow It is great ENTERTAINMENT. 5 stars
9/25/98 ShadowStar Chop out the stuff about the affair and you have a pretty decent flick. 3 stars
9/05/98 Badass A fun movie. 4 stars
9/01/98 MikeF this was stupid. but I liked it a little. 3 stars
8/30/98 Mister Whoopee "Suspension of disbelief" meter exploded in a frenzy of moronic shit. Awful in every way. 1 stars
8/29/98 Johny Good, if overlong, fun 4 stars
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