Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)



Critic Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.

Movie Info

A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special effects. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, now a single mother to rebellious teen John Connor (Edward Furlong), during the late nineties. Having been informed by a time-traveling soldier in the first film that John will one day grow up to become humanity's savior from a computer-controlled Armageddon, Sarah has responded by becoming a muscle-bound she-warrior bent on educating John in survival tactics and battle strategies. Her ranting about humankind's future has landed Sarah in an insane asylum and John in the foster care system. The rebellious John has responded to his situation by getting into scrapes with the law. When a new and improved Terminator android called the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) arrives from the future to eliminate John, an older model T-800 (Schwarzenegger) is sent to protect the boy. The T-1000, however, has the ability to morph itself into any shape it desires, allowing it chameleon-like powers and near indestructibility. The T-800 saves John's life and helps break Sarah out of the institution. Staying only one step ahead of the dogged T-1000, Sarah leads her son and the T-800 to the headquarters of Cyberdyne Systems, the company that will invent a robotic intelligence that will eventually take over the world. There, they attempt to convince inventor Miles Dyson (Joe Morton) to help them stop the future from ever occurring by destroying his work. Dyson sacrifices himself in an explosion to save the world, leading to a final showdown between the two Terminators at a steel foundry. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), which won four Oscars in technical categories for its groundbreaking effects, was followed by a short sequel filmed exclusively as an attraction for theme parks, Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time (1996). ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: James Cameron, William Wisher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 1998
TriStar Pictures


Linda Hamilton
as Sarah Connor
Edward Furlong
as John Connor
Earl Boen
as Dr. Silberman
Joe Morton
as Miles Dyson
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Tarissa Dyson
Castulo Guerra
as Enrique Salceda
Jenette Goldstein
as Janelle Voight
Xander Berkeley
as Todd Voight
Ken Gibbel
as Douglas
Robert Winley
as Cigar Biker
Shane Wilder
as Trucker
Michael Edwards
as Old John Connor
Don Lake
as Mossberg
Richard Vidan
as Weatherby
Gwenda Deacon
as Night Nurse
Don Stanton
as Lewis the Guard
Dan Stanton
as Lewis as T-1000
Noel Evangelisti
as Hospital Guard
Tony Simotes
as Vault Guard
Diane Rodriguez
as Jolanda Salceda
Dalton Abbott
as Infant John Connor
Ron Young
as Pool Cue Biker
Mike Muscat
as Moshier
Dean Norris
as SWAT Team Leader
Charles Tamburro
as Police Chopper Pilot
J. Rob Jordan
as Pickup Truck Driver
Denney Pierce
as Burly Attendant
Mark Christopher Law...
as Burly Attendant
Terrence Evans
as Tanker Truck Driver
Pat Kouri
as SWAT Leader
Van Ling
as Cyberdine Tech
Peter Kent
as Mr. Schwarzenegger's...
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News & Interviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Critic Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (21)

"The Terminator 2" is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe - escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Best of all, though, the level of tension in the film is palpable because we can`t figure out how Arnold is going to terminate the Terminator.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.

July 29, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The pathos of the film is the pathos of its leading character -- it is a magnificent machine, but a machine it remains.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

More elaborate than the original, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists to produce one hell of a wild ride.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Even if it may feel a bit overlong, this fantastic sequel is perhaps even more thrilling than the first film, this time investing more in the action and first-rate special effects with a bigger budget to create an epic feel to it - and it is always awesome to see Schwarzenegger as the big hero.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

One of the most intelligent, imaginative and riveting sci-fi, action flicks to hit the screens ever, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is a classic without equal.

What's even more surprising is that "T2" is a sequel of an already great film. 1984's "The Terminator" was an interesting premise that Cameron pulled off ably and catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger to the stratosphere of movie stardom.

"T2" has brains to spare to go with the action and there's a lot to like. The movie banks on the insight that humans are more destructive to the world than any machine can be. Linda Hamilton's amped-up Sarah Connor is the real emotional machine in "T2" unable to see beyond the mission of saving her son for the sake of a doomed humanity. She has such little faith in humankind that her actions become robotic.

The performances are top-notch. This is Schwarzenegger's key role and Hamilton has never been better. Robert Patrick's steely performance is incredibly menacing and Edward Furlong is innocent yet with strong conviction.

"T2" was well ahead of its time with its digital effects and it uses them magnificently.

There's nothing not to like about "T2", it's loaded with imagination, thrills and action.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

"T2: Judgement Day" is the sequel that nobody in their right minds should have expected to be this entertaining. James Cameron takes every great element from his original film, showcases them with an enormous budget and tells an even more compelling story. Keeping you engaged by monotone robots and rogue humans may be quite the challenge on paper, but it is displayed seamlessly here. Again, the cast is fantastic, Edward Furlong (young John Connor) who really holds his own next to Schwarzenegger, and that is no easy feat. I loved this film from start to finish. From it's scary look at the collapsed future to it's gritty portrayal of a world going to hell, "T2: Judgement Day" may just be one of the best sequels ever made in general. This is everything a sequel needs to be.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Quotes

John Connor: So this other guy, he's a Terminator like you, right?
The Terminator: Not like me, T-1000, advanced prototype. Made of mimetic polyalloy
John Connor: What the hell does that mean?
The Terminator: Liquid metal.
– Submitted by Hassan S (7 months ago)
The Terminator: I'll take care of the police.
John Connor: Hey! You swore!
The Terminator: Trust me.
– Submitted by Hassan S (7 months ago)
John Connor: We're not gonna make it, are we? Humans, I mean.
The Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
John Connor: Yeah major drag, Huh?
– Submitted by Jeff R (10 months ago)
Miles Dyson: My personal entry code for the lab might still work, no go.
The Terminator: Let me try mine.
Sarah Connor: John, fire in the hole!
– Submitted by Aaron P (14 months ago)

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