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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 5

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.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
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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.

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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

Mar 31, 1998

TriStar Pictures

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

July 29, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The pathos of the film is the pathos of its leading character -- it is a magnificent machine, but a machine it remains.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The picture is full of spectacular action sequences and dazzling special effects, but the narrative doesn't have the snap of the original's: it's lumbering and monotonous, and it carries a heavy-handed anti-nuke message.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Inside Terminator 2 beats a human heart. But its soul is that of a killer machine.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The best efforts of highly trained talents are not enough to save the picture from its own deep-rooted foolishness.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Cameron has done an honourable and undoubtedly skilful job of tailoring his new film to the tastes of the times without too much sloppy compromise. He's made a science fiction film with verve, imagination and even a little wit.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

These are very special special effects, but that's about all the film is, special effects.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Shamefully sadistic, achingly dull and totally predictable, it rehashes the far superior 1984 original.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This new picture is optimistically humanist.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Linda Hamilton turns in another terrific performance as the fiercely committed heroine who puts a necessary human face on Cameron's high-decibel mayhem and pyrotechnical bravura.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

An enduringly entertaining blockbuster.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Set the standard for modern Hollywood's F/X-driven mega-productions and cemented James Cameron's dystopian vision as modern science-fiction's saga par excellence.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With all the time-travel and cyborg collision going on, Cameron does a fine job believing in his logic. Even if the math doesn't always add up, it's easy to be swept up by this audacious movie.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Tons of action, violence, and special effects.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's just not as good a film as The Terminator, despite soundly surpassing it in a few areas.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Pulls out the stops, setting the gold standard for expensive, explosive summer blockbusters.

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

James Cameron's sci-fi action sequel is brilliant and well-crafted. T2: Judgment Day displays violence, drama and heart throughout, not to mention the enthralling action sequences and visual effects. The film's well-blended genre mixture with visual landmarks and audacious effects illustrates its impact and evolution in sci-fi/action filmmaking. 5/5
July 28, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Along with Aliens, James Cameron has been responsible for two of the most inventive sequels around. This follow up to his own sci-fi classic The Terminator sees another sent back through time to protect John Connor in childhood from a shapeshifting assassin bent on preventing him from leading the human race to salvation. It puts an interesting spin on the original concept, essentially switching the roles of Arnie and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton turning in easily the best performance); he becomes the nurturing parental figure, she the emotionless, singleminded terminator who only regains her humanity when shown the human face of her target. Throw in a nice time paradox, some excellent set pieces and innovative effects and you have a great cocktail for breathless action sci-fi. The one flaw is the badly misjudged humour and generous dollop of schmaltz trowelled on by Cameron when dealing with Edward Furlong's young John Connor. I would have preferred to see more of the T-1000 and less of the sentimentality and weak humour resulting from the father-son bond of the boy and his cyborg, but thanks to some ingenious plotting and ground breaking special effects it has dated very well indeed.
July 9, 2013
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The Terminator: I swear I will not kill anyone.

"This time there are two."

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is every bit the classic the first Terminator was. It's as good as the first, which is something very few sequels can claim. There's a lot of cool stuff going on in this film, from the T-1000 to endless action. It all works extremely well in keeping the viewer glued to the screen. The story in this one may even be slightly more intriguing than that of the first.

In T2, Sarah Connor begins in a mental hospital because of her ranting and raving about the approaching Judgement Day. Her son, John Connor is under the care of some foster parents. Two Terminators come back to find John. Ones(T-1000) mission is to kill John Connor. The other(The Terminator, who was supposed to kill him in the first film), is rewired to protect John. The sweeping action and storyline is definitely a spectacle to behold as The Terminator and the T-1000 battle for the life of John. We also see a new addition to the film in bringing a human element to The Terminator.

James Cameron is obviously a skilled director and this and his first Terminator film may be the movies that define his greatness best. Sure, he's made other great movies, but for some reason these are the ones that stick in peoples heads the best. This movie is an exercise in visuals, in action, in suspense, and in pure filmmaking glory. It's perfect.

T2 is one of those movies you just have to see before you die. There's not a second of downtime in the film and yet it's not just another mindless action film that puts blood and guns before character and plot. Instead, it combines the action and character, blood and plot to make an action movie that rivals the best to ever be made. It's truly that good, and if you don't believe me; just watch it. You'll soon be a believer.
January 21, 2013
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Melvin White

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Not as brilliant as the first film and this time investing more in action and first-rate special effects, with a bigger budget to create an epic feel to it - and while it is always exciting to see Schwarzenegger as the hero here, the plot is also a bit overlong.
December 2, 2012
blacksheepboy

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    1. Miles Dyson: I didn't build the fucking thing!
    – Submitted by Carolyn T (6 days ago)
    1. John Connor: We're not going to make it. Humans, I mean.
    2. The Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
    – Submitted by Nigel N (2 months ago)
    1. The Terminator: Asta la vista, baby!
    – Submitted by Ben D (6 months ago)
    1. The Terminator: I'll be back.
    – Submitted by Judy P (11 months ago)
    1. Janelle Voight: Wolfie's fine honey. Wolfie's just fine.
    – Submitted by Matt S (12 months ago)
    1. The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (16 months ago)
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