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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Reviews

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
July 29, 2013
These are very special special effects, but that's about all the film is, special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 29, 2013
Shamefully sadistic, achingly dull and totally predictable, it rehashes the far superior 1984 original.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 18, 2009
A humongous, visionary parable that intermittently enthralls and ultimately disappoints. T2 is half of a terrific movie -- the wrong half.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 29, 2013
The best efforts of highly trained talents are not enough to save the picture from its own deep-rooted foolishness.
Brad Phelps
Tulsa World
January 1, 2000
With a grand array of special effects, a plotline that doesn't trip itself up too many times and a warped sense of humor, it may be as indestructable as the cyborgs that form its core.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2014
Cameron`s superb action direction and stunning visual effects -- plus Schwarzenegger`s ultimately endearing (yes, endearing) performance -- will blast every other summer film to kingdom come.
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Tons of action, violence, and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Nobody, I think, will complain that it doesn't have enough action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
July 3, 1991
Few films have matched it within the science fiction genre for sheer white-knuckle exhilaration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 3, 1991
This is that rare sequel that enhances the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lynden Barber
Sydney Morning Herald
June 30, 2015
It proves that crackingly fast entertainment doesn't have to be mindless, and it manages to do so, with an endearingly cheeky sense of humour.
Michael Szymanski
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
July 29, 2013
Schwarzenegger is in impeccable deadpan form, milking his tough-guy image for all it's worth and getting laughs out of the Terminator's wooden parroting of slang ("No problemo" probably will be a catch-phrase to reckon with this summer).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
Less a sequel than a reimagining, an alternate and equally compelling take on the dark vision of the original.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008
The special effects from this 1991 classic action flick still hold up in today's world. T2 is a timeless classic that will live on forever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
July 5, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Like Mt. Rushmore, it is huge and a must-see, but one wonders if it really was such a good idea in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 16, 2009
It's just not as good a film as The Terminator, despite soundly surpassing it in a few areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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