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  • Summary: In a future, war-ravaged Los Angeles in which the machines have taken over the earth, a faction of human rebels led by an adult John Connor do battle with the cyborgs. Two "intelligent machines" have been dispatched to the past, one -- a replica of the Terminator model T-800 which dominatedIn a future, war-ravaged Los Angeles in which the machines have taken over the earth, a faction of human rebels led by an adult John Connor do battle with the cyborgs. Two "intelligent machines" have been dispatched to the past, one -- a replica of the Terminator model T-800 which dominated the original film -- to protect the young Connor, the other -- a shape-shifting metallic T-1000 -- to kill him. Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. A great movie... A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.
  2. Terminator 2 imagines things you wouldn't even be likely to dream and gets these visions onto the screen with a seamlessness that's mind-boggling. [3 July 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Jul 4, 2015
    90
    Cameron's achievement isn't only technical. He's using all the not-so-cheap thrills of a violent genre to make a movie with an antiviolence message, and the wonder of T2 is that he pulls it off without looking silly.
  4. 75
    A good summer movie, directed with great verve and imagination and filled with innovative, eye-popping effects. Cameron never relinquishes his grip on the audience, smoothly segueing from action sequence to action sequence and topping himself each time. [3 July 1991, Tempo, p.1]
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jul 4, 2015
    75
    It's a joyride until you think about the film's biggest contradiction. How come this movie celebrating the superiority of human feelings over machine precision is most alive when thrilling in the mechanical perfection of the Terminator and T-1000? Inside Terminator 2 beats a human heart. But its soul is that of a killer machine.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    Trend-setting visuals compensate for a plot that lacks the imagination and edge of the 1984 original.
  7. The surprise is that a picture made to be exciting for 136 minutes is so unexciting most of the time. It starts with a bang and keeps banging, so there's little suspense and no crescendo. [12 Aug 1991, p.28]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 91
  2. Negative: 2 out of 91
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    10
    This is a prime example of a grade-A action film, it's got drama, family values, action moments with meaning which aren't just random "spur ofThis is a prime example of a grade-A action film, it's got drama, family values, action moments with meaning which aren't just random "spur of the moment" scenes added for filler, each scene has a reason and direction with where they're going with the film as a whole. The soundtrack, my god the soundtrack, the instrumentals are completely memorable, and i bet the intense intro song will be pounding in your head days after you've finished watching it. It's one of the most memorable and highly underrated, from the looks of the critic scores on here, action movies of all time. Expand
  2. WillA.
    Dec 31, 2007
    10
    alsome explosians, killer robots from the future, and some big guns= the best movie in the famous series so far.
  3. Oct 1, 2012
    10
    T2: Judgment Day is a violent, brutal, entertaining film which delivers on all levels. With heart racing set-pieces and some of the bestT2: Judgment Day is a violent, brutal, entertaining film which delivers on all levels. With heart racing set-pieces and some of the best action sequences in film T2: is not only a great action movie but one of the best movies ever. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    This is even better than the original, it is just Nostalgia, excellent graphics which were great back in 1991, and are still great, the T-1000This is even better than the original, it is just Nostalgia, excellent graphics which were great back in 1991, and are still great, the T-1000 is even scarier than Arnie in the first one, and guess what he's back.
    Hasta La Vista Baby!
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  5. Mar 6, 2014
    9
    Terminator 2 is good example how to mix action and drama. The drama alongside the action is not forced, but a naturally developing part of theTerminator 2 is good example how to mix action and drama. The drama alongside the action is not forced, but a naturally developing part of the story, unlike in too many action flicks. Of course the visual side of the movie is just kick-ass. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2014
    9
    This movie takes everything that i loved about the original terminator but fixes the complaints i had. You get to hear more of the terminatorThis movie takes everything that i loved about the original terminator but fixes the complaints i had. You get to hear more of the terminator backstory. The movie is filled with rememberable quotes, it also had a few surprises in it. Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2015
    2
    I don't get it. What's the good thing about this movie? Nothing. The only good thing was Arnold and that's it. This movie sucks. Do not watchI don't get it. What's the good thing about this movie? Nothing. The only good thing was Arnold and that's it. This movie sucks. Do not watch this movie. Expand

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