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Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 4, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines tells the simple yet compelling story of a very old piece of equipment that refuses to go away. Its name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, as famously promised, he's back, and at his anticharismatic best, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2003
Wastes no time getting very loud and very silly and never really lets up.
July 4, 2003
Here is the first movie of its kind in many moons that doesn't have to labor, Hulk- or Charlie's Angels-style, over convincing you of how entertaining it is.
July 4, 2003
A sizable quotient of the movie's target audience just wants to see stuff destroyed, and in that regard Rise of the Machines won't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2003
It's not as taut or surprising as the first installment. And it's not as resonant or ambitious as the second, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines still manages to kick plenty of butt.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 3, 2003
The villain comes back more times than Wile E. Coyote. I found it tiresome and witless and numbingly repetitive, but action mavens won't feel cheated.
July 2, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines may lack the mythic pow of the 1984 original and the visionary thrill of T2, but it's a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2003
This film feels closer to the medium-tech appeal of Cameron and Hurd's original 1984 Terminator, albeit at approximately 30 times its budget, than to the baroque excesses of T2.
July 2, 2003
A solidly professional attempt and a pretty good summer movie in the bargain.
July 2, 2003
Schwarzenegger still looks spectacular, but the script is short on deadpan zingers, and his heart doesn't seem in it.
July 2, 2003
There's a flat feeling about this effort that's unmistakable and inescapable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2003
If Rise of the Machines never feels as essential as the first two movies, it doesn't feel like a rip-off, either.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2003
A whole lot less than what came before.
July 2, 2003
A downhill rollercoaster of a movie that's consistently entertaining and explosive, at the same time T3 just isn't as emotionally connected or philosophically challenging as it predecessors.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
July 1, 2003
He said he'd be back and he is, with a bang, in another sequel that pays tribute to the first two films while delivering enough dazzling action sequences and droll wit to satisfy even the most demanding fans.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2003
T3 director Jonathan Mostow delivers a high-energy barrage of special effects gee-wizardry that self-effacingly mimics Cameron's style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 1, 2003
An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, 'T3' effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling and its star's uniquely appealing style of 'No' drama -- as in no reaction, no expression, no emotion of any kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2003
In style and texture, this $170 million film lies between the gritty look of the first Terminator and the slick extravagance of the second.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has plot holes wide enough to drive a tank through. The filmmakers obviously feel that most viewers will be too busy watching the onscreen artillery to notice. They are probably right.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 1, 2003
Some purists and major cult fans of the first two films may miss Cameron's directing style, but Machines has a much better script then the first two.
July 1, 2003
Without James Cameron's expertise, the Terminator is not really back.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 1, 2003
Essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2003
A quasi videogame featuring a pair of unkillable antagonists.
July 1, 2003
T3 delivers the goods.
July 1, 2003
T3 is easily the funniest of the three films, no small achievement when you have Ah-nold playing a cyborg who cracks wise like Joe Clark at a celebrity roast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2003
Holds our interest but lacks the punch of its predecessors.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2003
T3 isn't so much a sequel as it is a spoof.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 moves at not-quite-breakneck speed, and the shape-shifting, metal-melting special effects aren't exactly spectacular.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 1, 2003
T3 is so petrified by its predecessors' conventions that it moves a little like the Terminator himself, with monstrous rigidity and stiff-legged deliberation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 1, 2003
Mechanical and soulless, it's proof that the machines have already risen -- and won.
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 1, 2003
The popcorn movie of summer '03.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 1, 2003
Terminator 3 is the summer movie of 2003 that hard-core action fans have been awaiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2003
T3 is not just a rare example of a worthy sequel to a sequel, it's a rare example of a worthy summer movie, one that does its job above and beyond the fast-food call of duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2003
A taut, exciting science-fiction thriller that pumps up our adrenaline without forgetting to engage our heads.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2003
Terminator 3 does all the right things, but the subtitle -- Rise of the Machines -- proves all too prophetic.
June 30, 2003
... a worthy sequel.