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Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2003
Like the latest Matrix, this is a movie too wrapped up in explosions and fights and chases to say anything coherent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
September 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2003
Essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines achieves neither the cult tang of the original nor the spectacular melding of FX to a gripping story that T2 did so well.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
This time the Terminator is fighting a girl in this high-tech race to Judgement Day. But save for the ending that sets it up for T-4, we are left wanting more, much more.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rick Mele
May 21, 2009
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is without a doubt the weakest entry in an otherwise beloved trilogy, but let's be honest, T3 was doomed from the very day franchise creator James Cameron decided to pass on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Todd Gilchrist
July 3, 2003
The film's elaborate, high-tech chase and fight scenes are deliriously entertaining. . . but those hidden gaps in continuity, story and pacing reveal what's truly missing from this effects-laden behemoth: a soul.
Anton Bitel
Daily Info
June 11, 2013
just because terminators are constructed, they are not always reconstructed.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
June 29, 2003
The first two films are classics. The third is just another carnival ride: fun perhaps, but ultimately disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark R. Leeper
July 10, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007
T3 has the sour, depressive vibe of an untested director submitting to a predetermined mythology not his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 2, 2003
Terminator 3 does a reasonable job of generating suspense from time to time, but the emotional involvement does not reach nearly the same level as the previous films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
July 1, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
July 10, 2003
A skillful but spiritless thrill machine, T3 makes a good case for why James Cameron and company perhaps didn't envision a trilogy.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Lybarger Links
July 2, 2003
What starts as familiarity in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines quickly becomes diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2003
Makes for a fine summer blockbuster sci-fi action flick, as it throws no unnecessary curves to its expectant fan base.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 1, 2003
Terminator 2 wrapped things up so thoroughly and in such a satisfying way that all this witless, plodding rehash can do is tell the same story again, a lot less skillfully.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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