Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Reviews

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March 13, 2018
Perhaps wisely, Mostow doesn't try to outdo James Cameron. His sequel has a B-movie spirit--swift, punchy, tongue often in cheek. ...at its screeching, wall-breaking best, "T3" achieves heavy-metal slapstick.
September 7, 2011
February 4, 2010
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.
July 8, 2003
Wastes no time getting very loud and very silly and never really lets up.
July 8, 2003
A lean, efficient, amusing action picture, T3 isn't a patch on its predecessors, but delivers polished genre entertainment nonetheless.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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