Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 8, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines tells the simple yet compelling story of a very old piece of equipment that refuses to go away. Its name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, as famously promised, he's back, and at his anticharismatic best, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 8, 2003
Wastes no time getting very loud and very silly and never really lets up.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 4, 2003
Here is the first movie of its kind in many moons that doesn't have to labor, Hulk- or Charlie's Angels-style, over convincing you of how entertaining it is.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 4, 2003
A sizable quotient of the movie's target audience just wants to see stuff destroyed, and in that regard Rise of the Machines won't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 3, 2003
It's not as taut or surprising as the first installment. And it's not as resonant or ambitious as the second, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines still manages to kick plenty of butt.
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July 3, 2003
The villain comes back more times than Wile E. Coyote. I found it tiresome and witless and numbingly repetitive, but action mavens won't feel cheated.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 2, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines may lack the mythic pow of the 1984 original and the visionary thrill of T2, but it's a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 2, 2003
This film feels closer to the medium-tech appeal of Cameron and Hurd's original 1984 Terminator, albeit at approximately 30 times its budget, than to the baroque excesses of T2.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2003
A solidly professional attempt and a pretty good summer movie in the bargain.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 2, 2003
Schwarzenegger still looks spectacular, but the script is short on deadpan zingers, and his heart doesn't seem in it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2003
There's a flat feeling about this effort that's unmistakable and inescapable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 2, 2003
If Rise of the Machines never feels as essential as the first two movies, it doesn't feel like a rip-off, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 2, 2003
A whole lot less than what came before.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 2, 2003
A downhill rollercoaster of a movie that's consistently entertaining and explosive, at the same time T3 just isn't as emotionally connected or philosophically challenging as it predecessors.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines achieves neither the cult tang of the original nor the spectacular melding of FX to a gripping story that T2 did so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2003
He said he'd be back and he is, with a bang, in another sequel that pays tribute to the first two films while delivering enough dazzling action sequences and droll wit to satisfy even the most demanding fans.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2003
T3 director Jonathan Mostow delivers a high-energy barrage of special effects gee-wizardry that self-effacingly mimics Cameron's style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2003
An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, 'T3' effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling and its star's uniquely appealing style of 'No' drama -- as in no reaction, no expression, no emotion of any kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 1, 2003
In style and texture, this $170 million film lies between the gritty look of the first Terminator and the slick extravagance of the second.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has plot holes wide enough to drive a tank through. The filmmakers obviously feel that most viewers will be too busy watching the onscreen artillery to notice. They are probably right.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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July 1, 2003
Some purists and major cult fans of the first two films may miss Cameron's directing style, but Machines has a much better script then the first two.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 1, 2003
Without James Cameron's expertise, the Terminator is not really back.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2003
Essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 1, 2003
A quasi videogame featuring a pair of unkillable antagonists.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 1, 2003
T3 delivers the goods.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 1, 2003
T3 is easily the funniest of the three films, no small achievement when you have Ah-nold playing a cyborg who cracks wise like Joe Clark at a celebrity roast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 1, 2003
Holds our interest but lacks the punch of its predecessors.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 1, 2003
T3 isn't so much a sequel as it is a spoof.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 moves at not-quite-breakneck speed, and the shape-shifting, metal-melting special effects aren't exactly spectacular.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2003
Like the latest Matrix, this is a movie too wrapped up in explosions and fights and chases to say anything coherent.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 1, 2003
T3 is so petrified by its predecessors' conventions that it moves a little like the Terminator himself, with monstrous rigidity and stiff-legged deliberation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 1, 2003
Mechanical and soulless, it's proof that the machines have already risen -- and won.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 1, 2003
Terminator 2 wrapped things up so thoroughly and in such a satisfying way that all this witless, plodding rehash can do is tell the same story again, a lot less skillfully.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 1, 2003
The popcorn movie of summer '03.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 is the summer movie of 2003 that hard-core action fans have been awaiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 1, 2003
T3 is not just a rare example of a worthy sequel to a sequel, it's a rare example of a worthy summer movie, one that does its job above and beyond the fast-food call of duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2003
A taut, exciting science-fiction thriller that pumps up our adrenaline without forgetting to engage our heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2003
Terminator 3 does all the right things, but the subtitle -- Rise of the Machines -- proves all too prophetic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2003
... a worthy sequel.