Terminator Salvation Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Missing is Cameron's signature action modification, best exploited in Aliens: the strapping female heroine. McG's testosterone-juiced world feels a little doomed without her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
June 5, 2009
A shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
This is the worst big budget summer release I've seen in some time.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
It's a fun time at the movies.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 26, 2009
Terminator Salvation is a confused, humorless grind, with nobody, from the stars to the set designers, prepared to prick its self-importance.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2009
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 22, 2009
T4 is a mixed bag, but it's not f------- amateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2009
Message to Hollywood: Stop with the time-travel stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 22, 2009
McG, a music video maven whose previous credits include the Charlie's Angels movies, directs the action passably well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
May 22, 2009
Intensity need not be the enemy of personality, but in Bale's work it too often has been.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 22, 2009
"Terminator Salvation" promised moviegoers a war between the human heart and the cold, cruel efficiency of machines. So why then is it so mechanical itself, so good at repetition, so preprogrammed and clunky?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 21, 2009
A good summer movie isn't just an uninterrupted crescendo of cacophony. You need stuff in between the fireballs and the cyborgs.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 21, 2009
Terminator Salvation is so programmed, so impersonal, that it practically dares you to warm to its characters.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 21, 2009
One could argue Connor's grim demeanor is precisely what a global disaster demands. But Bale's turn has a bass-note feel that is anti-charismatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 21, 2009
The movie's only unmitigated pleasure is a too-brief fight scene between Connor and a naked combatant made up to look precisely like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the relentless cyborg of the first three installments.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 21, 2009
The latest installment in the venerable sci-fi action franchise turns out to be a straight-up war film, grim and muscular and thundering and joyless. It's the color of cement, and it weighs as much, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 20, 2009
The Terminator franchise was built on thrills, imagination, narrative, emotion, believability, character development and watchability. Terminator Salvation has plenty of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 20, 2009
Too bad Schwarzenegger is otherwise occupied these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 20, 2009
Skynet may not have ensured its own future, yet. But their robots have clearly made serious inroads in our movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2009
McG knows how to slap an audience into awed submission. But at a certain point, you may feel so pummeled that you check out and begin pondering things like the time-travel question.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2009
The machines are mindless, yes, but there are enough pyrotechnics and heavy artillery to feel like Armageddon squared. And when the story starts to crumble around Bale, Worthington is there to pick up the pieces.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 20, 2009
As long as McG keeps the action moving, the film remains on solid ground, matching and often surpassing the thoroughly adequate 2003 entry Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 20, 2009
The whole movie is a bit of a machine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 20, 2009
I cannot completely condemn a movie that has been very competently written, directed and acted, any more than I can blame Mr. Schwarzenegger for all the woes he has encountered while trying to govern California.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 20, 2009
Terminator Salvation feels both comfortable with its limitations and justly proud of its accomplishments.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 20, 2009
Terminator Salvation is a tale told idiotically, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 20, 2009
Skynet, Schmynet -- the future is here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
May 20, 2009
How could such a great idea go so horribly, horribly wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 20, 2009
Few characters ever say more than a couple of sentences at a time, and when they do, it's often to assert the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 20, 2009
It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 20, 2009
Though competent in its B-movie way, Terminator Salvation lacks the humour, heart-tugging moments and visual pleasure that made the first two movies of the series modern pop masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 20, 2009
It is a fast, gritty-yet-slick, bombastic modern action film filled with tortured souls. It's not exactly a gas -- how much post-apocalypse fun can be had? -- but it is often electrifying and always entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2009
After scrutinizing the film, I offer you my summary of the story: Guy dies, finds himself resurrected, meets others, fights. That lasts for almost two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
The hardware is clanky, and runs on diesel.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2009
Who ever thought in 2003 that we'd look back on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines as the good old days?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 19, 2009
This is everything a good summer movie should be and, while it does not dishonor the Cameron chapters of the saga, neither does it prove to be an indispensable adjunct to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2009
It's far from awful, but Salvation is close to joyless, something easily predicted when this redundant film was first announced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 19, 2009
Director McG proves perfectly adept at blowing things up in interesting ways, but there's not so much acting here as there is yelling at different volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 19, 2009
Between this and Star Trek, popcorn-movie reboots have hit high gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 19, 2009
The intensity is just superficial, though: In terms of story, Terminator Salvation is also the most timid in the series. There's no invention in it, no sense of discovery. Only the impressively orchestrated action sequences feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 18, 2009
There's not much here in the way of way of humanity, even with the strong feminine presence of actresses including Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Jane Alexander. It seems the machines have already won.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2009
The machines rise to the occasion. Too bad the dramatic element's just as robotic.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 18, 2009
This isn't storytelling, it's programming -- inorganic matter passing for life.
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John Anderson
Variety
May 18, 2009
Darker, grimmer and more stylistically single-minded than its two relatively giddy predecessors, "Terminator Salvation" boasts the kind of singular vision that distinguished the James Cameron original.