Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)



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

Movie Info

The second sequel to the 1984 sci-fi action classic, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is the first film without the involvement of director James Cameron. Instead, Jonathan Mostow, the man behind Breakdown and U-571, has stepped in to fill the shoes left vacant by Cameron. In addition, the role of John Connor from the second film has been recast, with In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl taking over for Edward Furlong. Set ten years after the events of 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the film finds … More

Rating: R (for strong sci-fi violence and action, and for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Ferris, John Brancato, Tedi Sarafian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2003
Box Office: $150.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (45)

Some interesting plot developments and a smashing (in both senses of the word) chase scene can't quite erase the familiarity of it all, but this is still a valiant effort by all concerned.

Full Review… | July 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

just because terminators are constructed, they are not always reconstructed.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Daily Info

Doesn't have the gritty feel of 'Terminator' or the sleek cutting edge of technology look of 'Judgment Day,' but it's a decent addition to the Terminator mythos.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

There are bad sequels that still work as movies, basically. T3 doesn't even do that: it isn't a good action film, and isn't a good science fiction film.

Full Review… | May 28, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Basically one long, exciting chase scene.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

With splashy digital effects and punchy stuntwork, the solid T3 slides along enjoyably, but doesn't have the impeccable story and visual design of the previous entry.

Full Review… | May 25, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

Unwanted and unnecessary, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is the third instalment of the "Terminator" lore, and while it does continue the franchise story leading up to Judgement Day, they go pretty distant from the first two films. Having Arnold back actually made this laughably bad, because he is almost parodying the best bits of the originals and fighting off a lady terminator. Getting rid of iconic characters like Sarah Connor by saying she died of cancer was such an easy way out that I just let it go, but when your film relies on cheap pyrotechnics and bad dialogue to drive the film, yeah, you're in for a real treat. In the end, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is not an insult to the originals, but more of an insult to your intelligence. It has a few nice moments, but the action is too dumb and the characters decisions are very questionable. This movie is meh at best, but on a pure entertainment scale, I have no proble turning my brain off to enjoy.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A needless sequel that only repeats the formula of the one before, with unstoppable (and even tiring) action for those who enjoy seeing cyborgs destroying an entire city - and it is easy to notice how it ruins the continuity of the series.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Almost a soulless robot from the future all by itself, many scenes from the first two simply reheated (with only Ah-nold's dubious charisma to deadlift this one off the ground into tolerable territory). Only this robot doesn't kill, it lulls you into a state of desultory complacency with a less than interested script. Stahl and Danes simultaneously convey excitement for being part of a franchise monster while being embarrassed reciting dreck.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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