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Predator

action & adventure, horror, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


On a mission in a Central American jungle, a team of commandos find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    87%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Arnold vs. alien action is violent, ultra macho.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this macho sci-fi action adventure has lots of bloody violence -- not to mention artillery and gun fetishism (although, in the end, it's the low-tech death traps that prove most effective...). The villain is a laser-wielding alien that cuts down many of the heavily armed heroes, leaving hideously skinned corpses in its wake. Lots of strong language; some drinking, smoking, and drug references. The lone female character doesn't get much to do compared to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his fellow male soldiers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of scary movies. Why is it fun to watch something that puts you on the edge of your seat? How do the scares in a movie like this compare to those in a typical slasher movie? Which do you find scarier? Why? Families can also discuss how the time period in which a movie is made affects it (beyond the quality of the special effects, that is). What political and historical events does the movie reference? If you don't know, how could you find out?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    78%
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  • Audience

    87%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Predator is one of the greatest Action Horror films ever made. Directed with style by the same director as Die Hard, you know that this film would kick major a$$. Not to mention that Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one terrific performance. Predator doesn't lose time to dive directly into the action. In fact, the action starts 15 minutes into the movie. Predator has some awesome thrills and horrifying moments, it's definitely one terrific film to watch and is definitely a film for fans of either action films or Horror films. Predator blends both genres so well that it a visual treat to the eyes, a spectacularly crafted film from start to finish. Despite it's simplistic story, Predator is a tense Sci Fi action horror film that delivers great scares and awesome action. Predator has some wicked special effects by special effects master Stan Winston, and the film is none stop excitement from beginning to end. The film feature a few good one liners and this is an appealing film for both fans of Horror and Action films. Of all the Predator films that I've seen, this is of course the best one. This is a tense, suspenseful film as the Predator hunts down every member of Arnie's Squad in The Jungles of South America. The films never gives you time to breath and builds up to one great climax where Arnold and Predator face off. McTiernan succeeds into blending three genres of film into one, and the result is one of the best Sci Fi action Horror films since Alien. Also worth mentioning along with Terminator, this is one of the best performances from Arnold Schwarzenegger. Predator is a must see film for fans of Horror and Action, and will definitely not disappoint. A truly electrifying and tense film with awesome Horror and Action.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, October 29, 2010

4 stars

Classic Schwarzenegger action flick that draws most of its attraction from the long uncertainty of what is actually attacking these mercenaries in the jungle. As one by one gets picked off, things are getting pretty gory in the unedited version. The directing is top notch, and it is one of the rare cases where you aren't disappointed once you finally see the invisible threat. The alien's design is still one of the coolest of movie history. Of course Arnie wouldn't be Arnie, if he couldn't turn the game around, that's a tad predictable but still pretty kickass.

- ironclad1609, Thursday, September 30, 2010

4 stars

This may seem like a typical lunkheaded 80s action movie, and in a lot of ways, it is, but it really isn't. Yeah, there's tons of testosterone, and lots of guys who really can't act, but make up for it by having huge muscles, grunting, and acting tough, but what sets this apart are a couple of things, mainly the concept, and the creature. The concept is basically a sci-fi version of "The Most Dangrous Game", but involving lots of humans, a great isolated setting, and one of the freakiest and deadliest cinematic creatures ever created. It's also a lot more violent and bloody than "The Most Dangerous Game". Directed by John McTiernan, what looks like (and what could have been) a cheesy forgettable shoot-em-up turns into an energetic, suspenseful and intense struggle for survival. The Predator is smart, dangerous, has an awesome array of neato weapons, and, coolest (and scariest part of all): he's got a wicked look to him, sorta coming across as Satan mixed with Bob Marley. He looks cool with the mask on, but underneath it: oh shit man, that's just freaky! The cast is fun to watch, as there are several notable names, even if a lot of them just portray forgettable cookie-cutter stereptypes. This isn't the type of movie where one comes in expecting Shakespeare or something. It doesn't have the moody intensity of Alien, or the masterful direction of Aliens, but Predator is great nonetheless, even if it is cheesier. I mostly like John McTiernan (the man did make Die Hard after all), but I gotta say, I kind of wish I could justify giving this the extra half star it deserves, but I can't. Still though, this movie rocks.

- cosmo313, Thursday, November 10, 2011