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Terminator Salvation (2009)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 270
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 182

With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 32

With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.

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The fourth installment of the Terminator series follows an adult John Connor (played by Christian Bale) as he attempts to organize a human resistance force which could prove to be mankind's last true hope in the war against the machines. Opening in the year 2018, Terminator Salvation finds John Connor's certainty about the future shaken by the sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), whose last memory is of sitting on death row and awaiting execution.

Dec 1, 2009

$125.3M

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It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (9)
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This is the worst big budget summer release I've seen in some time.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (15)
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It's a fun time at the movies.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (11)
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Terminator Salvation is a confused, humorless grind, with nobody, from the stars to the set designers, prepared to prick its self-importance.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (3)
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The digital effects are mostly quite dazzling-not just the depictions of towering marauders...but a memorably scary sequence in which a little serpentine robot that's been taken captive thrashes furiously to save its nonlife.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (4)
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This is big empty turgid gunk, coming more from the brainless Transformers school than the Cameron Big Art Pop philoso-candy cloth.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
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Everything that made the Terminator films great is absent in this film. The violence, the terror, the basic fear is gone ... In this film, children defeat a terminator.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Once the screeching din has died down, you won't recall a single line of dialogue, note of music or plot point that wasn't punctuated with an explosion.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

This franchise, like its villains, has become more machine than man.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmwell

That the film's overall basic point has already been conveyed by the closing lines of T2 some 18 years ago shows just how completely superfluous this cash grab is.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Bangs and clangs and has some impressive effects, but it seems to have forgotten one thing: These movies used to be giddy, rock 'em, sock 'em fun. This one is just plain grim.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comments (2)
American Profile

Doesn't amount to a hill of screws.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

If sensation alone makes a movie work for you, then this one succeeds on those strengths every 15 seconds.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Good action sequences will satisfy the adrenaline junkies and lots of throwbacks to Terminator films of yore will make the Terminator fans happy. There are actually parts of a good movie in here, but the focus is in the wrong place.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Machines ultra-cool, humans not so cool in McG's noisy actioner.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Listen, come over to my place this weekend; we'll rewatch Terminator 1 and 2, we'll listen to 'You Could Be Mine' by Guns N Roses, we can even discuss Edward Furlong's 'career'. And let's just pretend Terminator Salvation never happened.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (4)
Quickflix

McG demonstrates a complete inability to understand what made the Cameron Terminator films so good.

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist | Comments (9)

Salvation is a cold, blunt summer movie misfire, infatuated with mindless explosions like an infant with fecal matter...a lumbering, joyless detour into unappetizing Hollywood recycling.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comments (3)
BrianOrndorf.com

An entertaining new entry into the Terminator saga (with the exception of either the biggest continuity error of the series or holding back critical information...

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

It could have all been a lot worse and with some imaginative new Terminators, a great score some thrilling action set-plays, critics slating the film will be proven harsh as box office results and public opinion soon come in.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (2)
Fan The Fire

Tras la fallida tercera cinta de la lucha entre hombres y máquinas, Terminator Salvation debía ser el capítulo que redimiera y reviviera la saga, sin embargo simplemente es una buena cinta de acción.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

...as fascinating as chewing styrofoam--with the occasional firecracker jammed in to make you chew faster.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Isn't the worst movie of the mythos but it sure is the lamest.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

All the opportunities for spectacle, thrills, and momentum are tossed aside in favor of a whole bunch of none-too-intense yelling from Christian Bale and an endless retread of the old cyborg gambit: How human are they? And can they be trusted?

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Terminator Salvation

Mixed bag 'T4' is, to be honest it started crap, simple, I was bored, confused and completely uninterested at what was going on. Bale's frogman bit from a chopper into a furious sea to swim to the sub headquarters was pretty stupid, the 'Moto-terminators' were crap as I suspected (surely terminators of that speed and high tech could kill people very easily?).

Anton Yelchin grew on me during the film but I still think he was a tad too weak willed and skinny for Michael Biehn's 'Reese'. The huge robot sequence was just 'Transformers' and didn't fit the Terminator franchise if you ask me.
But after we got past that stuff it did get better and the action at the end between 'Connor', 'Marcus' and the 'T-800' was great stuff. The first 30min of the film was almost plotless, just random it seemed, but about halfway through things were pulling together and it did start to feel like a good flick. Its much better than 'T3' for sure and actually I did prefer it over 'T2' towards the end, despite the low cert it did come across well and not light hearted a tall. Although a bit more blood and harsh language would have picked up the pace somewhat or added a more tense adult feel.

Some of it still didn't quite feel right though, the Arnie 'cameo' was a really nice touch and was so cool but the face was a little 'off', not quite perfect but close. The mannerisms of Arnie's facial movements were imitated well but I wanted to see a bit more Arnie. The classic Terminator tune needed to be used more in tense parts too, you really need that track playing more in a Terminator film. The last thing was 'Skynet' being a bit of an anti climax, not really the terminator fortress I expected with legions of 'T-600's' and tanks etc...it seemed a bit plain and devoid of much activity.

Its growing on me as I think about it now hours after seeing it, not as good as it should have been. Again the certification and being light on the originals grim darkness factor has a lot to do with that for me but its certainly not too bad, better than I thought it would be.
December 5, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

This pointless sci-fi action war film does not add anything new to the universe of the series but it is not an embarrassment either. In fact, the only thing that makes up for its sheer inconsistencies and lack of emotional resonance is Sam Worthington's complex character.
December 2, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Hell!! Much better then i was expecting after reading some of the reviews on here.A great addidtion to this series and makes up for the standard effort given to the last one.Action is thick and fast and the design and feel given to the look of the future is top notch.The design of the new terminators are well done too.Not a let down that i was lead to believe.
July 30, 2012
briandeguelle

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    1. Marcus Wright: Why'd you do it?
    2. Blair Williams: I saw a man, not a machine.
    – Submitted by Nick S (15 months ago)
    1. John Connor: The devil's hands have been busy.
    – Submitted by russell b (17 months ago)
    1. Marcus Wright: [looks at his mechanical body] Noooo!
    – Submitted by Jed G (23 months ago)
    1. John Connor: You think you're human?
    2. Marcus Wright: I am human.
    – Submitted by Jed G (23 months ago)
    1. John Connor: It's replicating human tissue.
    – Submitted by Jed G (23 months ago)
    1. Blair Williams: This thing is something we have never seen before.
    – Submitted by Jed G (23 months ago)
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