Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Although T3 never reaches the heights of the second movie, it is a welcome addition to the Terminator franchise.

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Now 25, Connor (Nick Stahl) lives with no record of his existence -- no way he can be traced by Skynet. Out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X (Kristanna Loken), Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Now Connor's only hope for survival is the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day.

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  • Apr 17, 2015
    The worst Terminator movie. Which seeing as what came after it is... Quite the burn.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    There's no reason for this to be as good as it is and yet it manages to work. True, the forced humor is often painful and there was never really a need to continue the franchise after the second film . . . but "Terminator 3" is still a surprisingly entertaining entry. The film is full of the cynicism and uncertainty of the first one and there is some superb action set pieces (that car chase is wonderfully insane).
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    The overturned popcorn bucket under the audience review says it all. Doomed from the moment Cameron passed it on, T3 just feels less human than its predecessors.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    A hugely disappointing addition to the franchise that lacks any suspense or sci-fi influence of it's predecessors. (1) There's corny dialogue with some that even twist out the famous lines once used (ex: "I'm back"...wtf), (2) a story that renders the once surprising possibility of a future war into an inevitable, predictable, visually inferior mess that keeps us far from thrilled, (3) most of the action bits are rehashed from the predecessors', (4) Nick Stahl's performance as John Connor into his early adulthood was incredibly weak and unconvincing compared to Furlong's in the 2nd movie, especially his narration with plotholes, (5) there is no Sarah Connor, and (6) the T-X design was half-borrowed from the Oscar-winning design of the T-1000 in T2, all done with no menacing features to offer. Apart from the wild TX-controlled car chase with multiple vehicles, barely-redeeming humor in some parts there's nothing new, original or exciting here.
    Max G Super Reviewer

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