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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%
    reviews counted: 5
    see all Predator reviews
  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: With its stilted dialogue and hammy acting, the film has the look of an expensive production but the feel of a B movie, delivering the sort of undemanding monster mayhem Arnie's fans have come to expect.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh: It is so lean, so exciting and so imaginative that you can watch it every month or two, year in and year out, and never get tired of it.

- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter, Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Rotten: Alternately grisly and dull.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

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

5 stars

I decided to have Predator/Aliens movies marathon today. I've seen Predator many many times since I first watched it back in 1997 and I love it each and every time. I think Predator 2 has a slight edge over this but Predator has a slight edge over Aliens BUT I think they are all extremely excellent films. Just in case you don't know, it's about a big alien whose race lives to hunt worthy prey and Arnold Schwarzenegger's team of commandos are that such prey. The commandos are sent into a South American jungle to find some missing airmen who are being held by guerrilla's. They do what they got to do which attracts the attention of the predator who is hunting in the area. So the predator goes and hunts the commandos with the aid of his kick-ass weapons and cloaking device. The commandos also have a female prisoner. I think the whole sub-plot about the so called missing airmen isn't too important to the viewer but makes it possible for the commandos to be there. The entire concept of Predator is really clever and it certainly made me sit on the edge of my seat while watching it the first time. It is kind of spooky in a terrifying way as we don't see the predator properly for ages but see through his eyes which adds to the tension. The effects are great, the acting is OK and the story is cool too. I really like the music and especially the spooky twisted jungle sounds that we hear when we see through the eyes of the predator. This is a sci-fi action movie that isn't just full of cheap explosions. It really does have great atmosphere. Everyone who likes sci-fi and/or action movies should like this. If you don't then your taste in movies suck! This in my humble opinion is probably the second best sci-fi movie of all time. Alien Vs Predator has little of what made this so excellent so if you haven't seen Predator and thought AVP sucked don't think that this will. Predator is absolutely fantastic viewing.

- stopitgoaway, Monday, August 9, 2010