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: 94 out of 100
  2. Negative: 1 out of 100
  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. Sep 17, 2016
    10
    vary entertaining movie I was happy to see they dared to go in another direction from the first film, the effects while vary primitive byvary entertaining movie I was happy to see they dared to go in another direction from the first film, the effects while vary primitive by todays standards, they look vary well devised and carefully filmed, at times they add a mechanical effect to the terminators motion and makeup, and thats a good thing too, because most cg robots these days look too synthetic in movement... almost too human in a way, this gives the terminator more realism as a killing machine... he's not a killing machine pretending to move like a man, so that he can kill you, he's a machine that is willing to loose the human makeup and still function to kill you, and miles ahead of the modern day cg that mimics human movement.

    My thoughts are this film is among the best action movies ever made easily in the top 10 ever made James Francis Cameron did a great Job directing, and so too did the effects, makeup, and animatronics department all did a fantastic job here.
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  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. Jul 18, 2015
    10
    Striking a perfect balance between well acted drama and intelligent, edge of your seat action, James Cameron's follow up to The Terminator isStriking a perfect balance between well acted drama and intelligent, edge of your seat action, James Cameron's follow up to The Terminator is bigger and better in every sense of the word. Expand
  5. Jan 18, 2015
    9
    Rewatched it recently on BD. And his back but this time sent back to protect rather than kill. Its a fantastic movie, much better than theRewatched it recently on BD. And his back but this time sent back to protect rather than kill. Its a fantastic movie, much better than the first one in every aspect. Expand
  6. Jan 6, 2016
    9
    One of the best movie sequels ever made and lives up a franchise that should've ended here, Judgment Day is nothing personal to talk aboutOne of the best movie sequels ever made and lives up a franchise that should've ended here, Judgment Day is nothing personal to talk about other than this review right here. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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