Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.

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In this sequel set eleven years after "The Terminator," young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization's victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother (Linda Hamilton) go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.

Cast & Crew

Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Terminator (T-800 Model 101)
Linda Hamilton
Sarah Connor
Earl Boen
Dr. Peter Silberman
Joe Morton
Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson
Castulo Guerra
Enrique Salceda
Jenette Goldstein
Janelle Voight
James Cameron
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Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd
Executive Producer
Adam Greenberg
Cinematographer
Conrad Buff IV
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Critic Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (6)

  • This time Mr. Heavy Metal is on the side of the good guys. Naturally, he isn't quite as much fun.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • Even though this movie was made nearly 30 years ago, almost nothing about it feels dated.

    August 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Terminator 2" is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe - escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions.

    June 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.

    July 29, 2013

Audience Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • May 23, 2016
    A classic and belongs in the top tier of action films. The action sequences are exciting and plain awesome. Involving an arsenal of weapons, a Harley-Davidson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, action movies don't get better than this.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Better than the first movie in every way, the bigger budget made a big difference! Terminator 2: Judgement Day is by far in my opinion the best action film ever made and one of the best movies ever made, this film set the standard for how action films should be. This film is a sci-fi masterpiece and can be watched a million times and you are guarenteed not to get bored of it. Thanks James Cameron!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Re-calibrating a nearly perfect audience-slaying machine into an equally entertaining follow-up, Judgement Day boasts still-awestriking visual effects and a winning twist on its own formula. The difference comes down to genre type. Shifting gears from sci-fi-horror to sci-fi-thriller, these continuing adventures play out more as an action movie than slasher flick to stellar effect. This pulse-pounding action, however, rivals the suspense generated by the first perpetual motion machine. Turning audience expectations on their heads, Schwarzenegger's iconic Terminator now becomes the guardian of the intended victim. It's such a genius twist on the formula that the series never stands a chance at reaching these vaulted great heights again. Putting forth basically the same story, this sequel nonetheless achieves a greater level of depth and emotion in making part two more of a survivor's tale. In this R-rated sequel, a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) gets sent back in time to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong), the boy destined to lead freedom fighters of the future including his mother (Hamilton), a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. In a great turnabout from being the heavy, Schwarzenegger imbues the role with an indelible amount of character. As the liquid metal monster T-1000, however, Robert Patrick exudes menace with every precise step. Linda Hamilton made Sarah Connor more than just a hapless victim in the first chapter, but what she does here - becoming a cold killing machine herself - is superb. The pioneering computer effects remain the star, however, wowing 2015 viewers just as much as the weapons-grade digital work today. The script loses a couple of points for sentimentality in regards to young John Connor, but its nonetheless one of the greatest sequels ever. Bottom line: Rich in Iron
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    While I am in that minority which believes it is actually the first Terminator movie which is the best of the franchise, don't let that for one minute convince you I don't absolutely love Judgement Day. It's honestly pretty crazy to me how just bonkers good these first two Terminator movies are. Especially when you consider how completely every single sequel managed to miss the mark. I like to imagine that in the Good Timeline, where everything isn't Terrible™, this movie is exactly the same, but the trailer doesn't spoil the twist about Robert Patrick being a Terminator and Arnie being a good guy. I know that they also spoil the twist about who's a Terminator and who's not and who's a bad guy and who's not in the trailers for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th too, but I'm pretty sure that in the Good Timeline those never got made, so whatever.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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