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Terminator Salvation Reviews

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David Clack
June 5, 2009
It was depressing. It made you feel foolish for ever being scared of Arnie or the melty dude from James Cameron's second film. It was stupefying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This is big empty turgid gunk, coming more from the brainless Transformers school than the Cameron Big Art Pop philoso-candy cloth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
Everything that made the Terminator films great is absent in this film. The violence, the terror, the basic fear is gone ... In this film, children defeat a terminator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Bangs and clangs and has some impressive effects, but it seems to have forgotten one thing: These movies used to be giddy, rock 'em, sock 'em fun. This one is just plain grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
Listen, come over to my place this weekend; we'll rewatch Terminator 1 and 2, we'll listen to 'You Could Be Mine' by Guns N Roses, we can even discuss Edward Furlong's 'career'. And let's just pretend Terminator Salvation never happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2010
McG demonstrates a complete inability to understand what made the Cameron Terminator films so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 21, 2009
Filled with more explosions per minute than a Michael Bay movie, nearly all of them gratuitous and none of them exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2009
It's far from awful, but Salvation is close to joyless, something easily predicted when this redundant film was first announced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Terminator Salvation" could almost pass as a sequel to "Mad Max," which goes to show just how everyone involved is merely going through the motions.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 29, 2009
...plenty of people who will enjoy this kind of soulless, technically correct, mark-hitting moviemaking, but it's difficult for me to imagine why.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 20, 2009
...if you go in hoping for another great Terminator film, you are going to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Once the screeching din has died down, you won't recall a single line of dialogue, note of music or plot point that wasn't punctuated with an explosion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 22, 2009
Director McG fuels Terminator Salvation with exceptional visual effects and sharp sound, but more shouting and explosions than a Super Bowl in Beirut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2009
After scrutinizing the film, I offer you my summary of the story: Guy dies, finds himself resurrected, meets others, fights. That lasts for almost two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 21, 2009
One could argue Connor's grim demeanor is precisely what a global disaster demands. But Bale's turn has a bass-note feel that is anti-charismatic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2009
The machines, as the movie keeps reminding us, must be stopped. Especially the machine that sucked the lifeblood out of this franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
The Sneak
The Sun (UK)
June 5, 2009
In this fourth Terminator movie, there isn't much to laugh about, even though the earlier films raised a few smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 25, 2009
The script is lacking and the acting merely serviceable in 'Terminator Salvation.'
Adam Lippe
December 1, 2009
All the opportunities for spectacle, thrills, and momentum are tossed aside in favor of a whole bunch of none-too-intense yelling from Christian Bale and an endless retread of the old cyborg gambit: How human are they? And can they be trusted?
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Doesn't amount to a hill of screws.
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