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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Reviews

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Justin Clark
Slant Magazine
July 7, 2016
Linda Hamilton gets so little due respect over the years for how much of the film's midsection rides on her.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 4, 2015
An explosive sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 30, 2015
"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.
Lynden Barber
Sydney Morning Herald
June 30, 2015
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.
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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
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2014
Cameron`s superb action direction and stunning visual effects -- plus Schwarzenegger`s ultimately endearing (yes, endearing) performance -- will blast every other summer film to kingdom come.
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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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 29, 2013
The best efforts of highly trained talents are not enough to save the picture from its own deep-rooted foolishness.
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
July 29, 2013
Cameron has done an honourable and undoubtedly skilful job of tailoring his new film to the tastes of the times without too much sloppy compromise. He's made a science fiction film with verve, imagination and even a little wit.
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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
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
July 29, 2013
These are very special special effects, but that's about all the film is, special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 29, 2013
Shamefully sadistic, achingly dull and totally predictable, it rehashes the far superior 1984 original.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 29, 2013
This new picture is optimistically humanist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 29, 2013
Linda Hamilton turns in another terrific performance as the fiercely committed heroine who puts a necessary human face on Cameron's high-decibel mayhem and pyrotechnical bravura.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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

Total Film
July 29, 2013
An enduringly entertaining blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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