Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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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. Expand

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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. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    100
    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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    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. Trend-setting visuals compensate for a plot that lacks the imagination and edge of the 1984 original.
  7. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    30
    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: 90 out of 97
  2. Negative: 2 out of 97
  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. GerrickC.
    May 13, 2006
    10
    T2 is the best out of all the Terminator movies. What we have here is a masterfully made movie that tell the story of a future war fought in T2 is the best out of all the Terminator movies. What we have here is a masterfully made movie that tell the story of a future war fought in the past with not one but two terminators. Model 101 (Arnold) is the good guy and the cool T-1000 (Robert Patrick) is the seemingly invincible bad guy. The movie has suspense, action, and even some humor. T2 defines what classic movies are. Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2011
    10
    This is easily one of the best movies ever made. The script is top notch and acting is convincing and true. The soundtrack and graphicalThis is easily one of the best movies ever made. The script is top notch and acting is convincing and true. The soundtrack and graphical effects are great even for today. Amazing! Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2012
    10
    For its release of 1991, this film was incredible, and I have watched it multiple times over the years when I have seen it on TV, each timeFor its release of 1991, this film was incredible, and I have watched it multiple times over the years when I have seen it on TV, each time it has been a satisfying watch. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    Terminator 2 is one of the defining roller-coaster rides of modern cinema. It takes the original film and builds something much deeper uponTerminator 2 is one of the defining roller-coaster rides of modern cinema. It takes the original film and builds something much deeper upon it, much like director Cameron did with the Alien franchise a few years earlier. Ultra memorable scene follows ultra memorable scene in this all-time SF classic. Seriously... You cannot afford to miss this movie! Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2015
    9
    Terminator 2's concept may be a copy of its predecessor, but here with its obviously larger budget, it's done so much better. In fact, it's aTerminator 2's concept may be a copy of its predecessor, but here with its obviously larger budget, it's done so much better. In fact, it's a freaking masterpiece. It's the definition of a sequel done right. So brilliantly, excellently, perfectly right. 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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