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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 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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  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
    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)
    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: 66 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    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 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 30, 2013
    This is as good as a science fiction action movie can get. Arnold's imposing presence, the original main idea, the formidable villain, the chemistry among the good guys (mother, son and the mechanical guardian), the perfectly directed, exciting action scenes, the ominous atmosphere, constant tension and explosive ending make this a must for all fans of the genre.
  3. Jan 2, 2012
    For me this is one of my favourite films of all time, if anyone doesn't like this then they clearly have mental problems. How can some of critics who gave this film a score in the red live with themselves Expand
  4. May 5, 2013
    This is a perfect example of an amazing sequel. It's truly better than the original in everyway. It was more intense, more action-packed and definitely had more quotable lines than the first one. As far as the story goes, it's an interesting and engaging story. It's a pulse pounding sci-fi story. That's what helps make for an awesome sci-fi thriller. As far as characters go some have there moments, but none of them were as bad-a** as the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and T-1000 (Robert Patrick). Watching those two fight was movie magic. But what really makes this movie awesome is it's super cool action and visual effects. Most action movies now of days tend to have great action, but a weak story. This movie held on to both contexts and gave it all it got in this riveting sequel. Overall, It's a rare, tremendous blockbuster done right. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2014
    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 the story, unlike in too many action flicks. Of course the visual side of the movie is just kick-ass. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    From 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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