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The Terminal
An immigrant finds himself stuck at a New York airport when his country goes to war and his papers become invalid. Without a home, he takes up residence in the terminal itself, befriending the...  View more >

Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Jun 23, 2004
In "Catch Me if you Can," Tom Hanks chased Leo DeCampiro though airports and Terminals. In "The Terminal," Hanks is stuck in one. Hanks played a foregin traveler, who is stuck at the airport when unreast breaks out in his country.

This is Hanks' best film in years. His character may be confused, but not dumb-down. While trapped in the airport, he made most of a bad situatiuon. and thanks to director Steven Spielberg, this man without another country had plenty to say and do. Catherine Zeta-Jones gave a appealing performance.

"The Terminal" is one special movie.
Jun 29, 2004
A bit long, but thoroughly entertaining. Hanks was awesome. Good ensemble cast after that.
Jul 7, 2004
Tom Hanks is one of my favorites. It seems to me that no matter if the script is good or bad he always makes it interesting. This story was a little slow and I was disapointed with the ending (Catherine Zeta Jones) but all in all it was still a very enjoyable film. Good clean story.
Jul 12, 2004
Interesting concept--- stuck in an airport for how many months? Hmmm.... I suppose stranger things have happened. Through out the movie I kept thinking, "...with all these people pulling for our protagonist NO ONE notifies the press or SOMEONE about this man's plight?" I know- it's just a movie.

That said, this is an interesting story. Tom Hank's does it again with a stellar performance.

Unlike other reviewers, I appreciate the ending (ie Zeta-Jones). Like real life, some women continue to make bad choices for themselves. Emily's choice at the end makes her all the more "human." I enjoy it when a movie surprises me with a less than predictable ending.
Jul 30, 2004
Separately, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are two names which make me want to see the films they're involved in. Together, however, their track record is less stellar.

"Saving Private Ryan" was a pretty good drama, with unforgettable opening scenes. With "Catch Me If You Can" and now "The Terminal" comedy doesn't seem to be their strong suit together.

In this movie, Tom Hanks' performance is strong. The entire movie depends on him, and he did not disappoint. However, as with "Catch Me" the pacing and story tends to fall behind, and the golden moments are lost amongst the rest which don't always serve to tell the story or move it along. Catherine Zeta-Jones is also excellent, radiating a presence that pretty much overwhelms her character.

Overall, it's an OK movie. It's not something you have to run and out and see in a theater, since it would work just as well at home.
Jul 30, 2004
Aug 18, 2004
I don't know?? Kinda lacked any punch.

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