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Mired in its muddled mythology, Terminator: Genisys is a lurching retread that lacks the thematic depth, conceptual intelligence, or visual thrills that launched this once-mighty franchise. Read critic reviews

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

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Jason Clarke
John Connor
Emilia Clarke
Sarah Connor
Jai Courtney
Kyle Reese
Dayo Okeniyi
Danny Dyson
Matthew Smith
Alex
Sandrine Holt
Detective Cheung
Patrick Lussier
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Bill Carraro
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Laeta Kalogridis
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Patrick Lussier
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Megan Ellison
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Robert Cort
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Critic Reviews for Terminator Genisys

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (64) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (200)

  • This film should be more on-point than ever, since technology has taken over our lives. But rather than actively antagonizing us, technology simply allows us easy ways to indulge in laziness and cruelty.

    January 28, 2021 | Full Review…
  • To watch Genisys is to see the franchise become a figurative embodiment of the Terminators themselves: convinced of its own superior vision of the future, it tramples upon the dusty skeletons of the forefathers it's slaughtered to achieve it.

    October 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Terminator franchise has forgotten what made The Terminator and Terminator 2 so great.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a return, of sorts, to the 1984 original, unnecessarily complicated by so many time twists and warps that even an ardent fan of the franchise must admit reluctantly that its future is behind it.

    July 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Part of what makes Terminator Genisys so pitiful as an evening out is that all the actors do over and over again is tell us why they're in a particular scene and why the movie exists.

    July 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Think Abbott and Costello Meets Terminator. Think Terminator & Robin. Think, in other words, the point at which a franchise subsides, perhaps finally, into self-parody.

    July 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terminator Genisys

  • Aug 27, 2016
    The beginning is actually quite strong and promising. You can blame the film for trying to check as many boxes for the fans as possible and to get lost in the complexity of the time travel paradoxes. But the action is great, there a few hilarious moments and the result is thoroughly entertaining. Sure, some decisions do not seem to be in favor of the franchise history (and were spoiled in trailers and posters at that), but it's certainly not worse a stain on it than anything that came after the masterpiece that was T2. I expected much worse.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2016
    Not quite as bad as i thought it would be, Terminator: Genisys brings back the nostalgia of the first two films. It even has the same old-school vibe to it. But when you get to its core, Genisys is simply a rehash of the first two masterpieces, which are so good there was no point in revisiting them.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2016
    J'ai vraiment aimà (C) cette suite. Autant par moment nous avons l'impression de revoir des scènes identiques au premier opus, autant il rà (C)invente la sà (C)rie de belle façon! Ãa change de la routine des prà (C)cà (C)dents films qui s'installait.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2016
    ...and so the series continues on its downhill trajectory.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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