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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2013
A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2013
Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
The pathos of the film is the pathos of its leading character -- it is a magnificent machine, but a machine it remains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
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.
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2013
Inside Terminator 2 beats a human heart. But its soul is that of a killer machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
Terminator 2 is a state-of-the-art action movie, all right: It gets you thinking that the most reasonable thing might just have been to blow everyone away.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 18, 2009
For all its state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and breathtaking thrills, this bruisingly exciting movie never loses sight of its humanity. That's its point, and its pride.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 8, 2008
Arnold Schwarzenegger is more comfortable and assured here than the first time around, reprising a role so perfectly suited to the voice and physique that have established him as a larger-than-life film persona.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
As a fancy mechanism fueled by the pleasure of watching legions of people and equipment being summarily destroyed, this is pretty hot stuff.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Structured as a simple chase, the story sags midway, but the first hour and last 30 minutes display an enjoyably relentless bravura.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Cameron has made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense and greatly improves upon the first film's potent but rudimentary visual style.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's Cameron's show; he's the reigning king of movie pow, with dark wit and a poet's eye for mayhem. T2 cost a reported $100 million, and you can actually see where the money went.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist.
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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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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Brutally beautiful, darkly comic sci-fi
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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