"The Terminator" is for all intents or purposes a B cult movie, even though it lack the cheesyness of a cult movie or the polish of an Hollywood blockbuster, but it still managed to dish out fantastic effects. I never expected this but i believe that Tarkovsky's view on this movie is flawed. Sure penicillin and all that but this movie didn't intent in advancing cinema as art more than it does showing Linda's tits.
The film boasted a number of technological feats, ahead of its time. Also a great (great) platform for Arnold; little talking and more reliant on a physical presence (something he knows well). Story can jump back and forth a few times in an almost confusing manner, but all around a good film.