Terminator Salvation

2009, Sci-fi/Action, 1h 56m

282 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films. Read critic reviews

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Although Judgment Day has in fact occurred, the future for which John Connor (Christian Bale) was prepared has been partly altered by the appearance of a stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington). Connor must determine if Wright has been rescued from the past, or sent from the future. As the machines prepare for a final battle, Connor and Wright delve deep into Skynet's heart, uncovering a secret that could lead to the annihilation of mankind.

Cast & Crew

Sam Worthington
Marcus Wright
Moon Bloodgood
Blair Williams
Helena Bonham Carter
Dr. Serena Kogen
Common
Barnes
Ivan G'Vera
Gen. Losenko
McG
Director
Michael Ferris
Screenwriter
Peter D. Graves
Executive Producer
Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Joel B. Michaels
Executive Producer
Dan Lin
Executive Producer
Jeanne Allgood
Executive Producer
Shane Hurlbut
Cinematographer
Martin Laing
Production Design
Michael Wilkinson
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Danny Elfman
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Critic Reviews for Terminator Salvation

All Critics (282) | Top Critics (69) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (189)

  • It was good, but not great.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Missing is Cameron's signature action modification, best exploited in Aliens: the strapping female heroine. McG's testosterone-juiced world feels a little doomed without her.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Terminator Salvation leaves me thinking it's a rock solid post-apocalyptic action picture that bends over backwards to make itself fit to a pre-existing mythology.

    August 11, 2009 | Rating: B+
  • For once I found myself hankering for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    June 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • McG has sparked a moribund franchise back to life, giving fans the post-apocalyptic action they've been craving since they first saw a metal foot crush a human skull two decades ago.

    June 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terminator Salvation

  • Apr 17, 2015
    I know that even amongst the rocky track record of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation is not especially well-liked. I've always been a little bit of an outlier when it came to this series though; like everyone else, I know the first two are the only great ones, but to me, it's actually not T2 that stands at the top of the pile, but The Terminator, the first film. And since that first film, we've copped 5 new runs at a Terminator movie. Out of all 5 of them, Salvation is the only one that tried something different from the first one. Even the lofty success of T2 was garnered using the same core concept as the original movie. Salvation hits something new, and while that obviously doesn't work for a lot of its audience, for me, it's the best movie outside of the first two that the franchise has made to date.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    Just the helicopter crash alone warrants a higher score than the critics gave it. It lacks the brilliance of the first two, but is much more entertaining than Rise of the Machines.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    What did I just watch??? It had many changes that were unnecessary and lost the foundation to the previous films, still, the film managed to have some interesting new ideas like robotic snakes. Lots of the newly introduced characters seemed forceful, casting was weird, the post apocalytic world seemed unrealistic, script was badly. Tried to add a few laughter but failed miserably. An utter disappointment for Christian Bale's career.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2012
    With more violence and gratuitous nudity, the Director's Cut of Terminator Salvation weakens the film and exasperates its problems. The added scenes convolute the story even more and make the characters less likable. The changes by McG really only serve to heighten the underlining flaws with the script: Skynet's plan is nonsensical and the character development is poor. Furthermore, none of the action scenes are markedly improved, and the action and special effects are pretty much all that the film has going for it. Terminator Salvation: Director's Cut is an unnecessary edition of a film that's heavily flawed to begin with.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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