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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 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]
  2. 100
    More elaborate than the original, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists (would you believe a kinder, gentler Terminator?) to produce on e hell of a wild ride, a Twilight of the Gods that takes no prisoners and leaves audiences desperate for mercy. [3 July 1991, Calendar, p.F-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    No-one can walk out of this and say they didn't see the whole hundred mil up there on the screen in exploding vehicles, wrecked buildings, monster effects and sheer sweaty action.
  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: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    Trend-setting visuals compensate for a plot that lacks the imagination and edge of the 1984 original.
  6. All the virtues of the original... are present here, though when Cameron tries to milk some sentiment out of the "personality" and fate of his top machine he comes up flat and empty, and the other characters are scarcely more interesting.
  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: 72 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  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. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    Movies cant get any better than this in my opinion. The action, the story, the cast, the effects, everything is so well done that itMovies cant get any better than this in my opinion. The action, the story, the cast, the effects, everything is so well done that it definitely deserve its praise. It also has something beyond the gunshots and explosions, the movie also has a deep message on how precious the human spirit is. If a metal, killer, robotic organism from the future can discover the value of human life, maybe we can too. My highest recommendation...11 out of 10. 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. Dec 16, 2012
    9
    é um grande filme de ficção cientifica com ação por isso é que foi o filme mais visto do seu ano eé um grande filme de ficção cientifica com ação por isso é que foi o filme mais visto do seu ano e está na lista dos cem filmes com maiores receitas. 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. Dec 4, 2012
    2
    From watching this movie I thought the graphics were **** and that they could of done better with the ending it's just them distorting theFrom watching this movie I thought the graphics were **** and that they could of done better with the ending it's just them distorting the chips in liquid that completely does NOT look like actual melted metal. So PipeBomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Collapse

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