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  • Summary: The highly anticipated third installment in one of Hollywood's most innovative and celebrated franchises, which was originated with the 1984 release of "The Terminator." Melding riveting suspense, trademark humor and explosive action, Terminator 3 pays homage to its predecessors and adds anThe highly anticipated third installment in one of Hollywood's most innovative and celebrated franchises, which was originated with the 1984 release of "The Terminator." Melding riveting suspense, trademark humor and explosive action, Terminator 3 pays homage to its predecessors and adds an electrifying new chapter to the series' sophisticated mythology. [T3 Productions] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. 90
    Here's a picture that you actually want to see a second time, not for the sake of further wrapping your head around its gnarly conceptual matrix, but because of the sheer visceral charge it provides. Here, at long last, is a summer movie -- like its precursors in the Terminator canon -- worth its weight in cybernetic organisms.
  2. An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, "T3" effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling and its star's uniquely appealing style of "No" drama -- as in no reaction, no expression, no emotion of any kind.
  3. 75
    Gets the most bang for its buck by letting the camera linger on the spectacle, and allowing tension, not flashiness, to be its hallmark.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    The brute force of Terminator 3 is relieved, I'm happy to say, by Claire Danes's winning performance as John Connor's reluctant accomplice (whom the production notes describe, not inaccurately, as an "unsuspecting veterinarian"); by many of the special effects, which don't seem obsolete at all, and, yes, by the sinister trix of the Terminatrix.
  5. That's not to say Terminator 3 is terminally awful -- just banal, merely humdrum, more conventional horror flick than science-fiction myth, and a whole lot less than what came before.
  6. I don’t mind the movie’s retro-ness, but I wish Mostow didn't take pulp so seriously.
  7. 25
    Pointless and mind-numbing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 155
  2. Negative: 35 out of 155
  1. May 15, 2011
    10
    So a very outdated model is going to win against a brand spanking new one that can control machines and has plasma casters in her arms. Ya,So a very outdated model is going to win against a brand spanking new one that can control machines and has plasma casters in her arms. Ya, that will happen. All credit to Arnold, who is a kick ass actor, but I don't think that a (apparently) nuclear powered robot is going to beat the new girl in town. Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2015
    8
    James Cameron is gone for Terminator 3 and the film lacks a bit missing his writing and direction but the film manages to stay fun and isJames Cameron is gone for Terminator 3 and the film lacks a bit missing his writing and direction but the film manages to stay fun and is still a strong action film despite being weaker than the first two movies. Arnold Schwarzenegger is great once again as the Terminator and its interesting to see a woman villain as this franchise has always been good at producing strong female characters. If you are a fan of Terminator films you will find this film weaker than the first two but the action is great and the cast is great which still makes it a fun action film. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2016
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Terminator 3 is a good movie, but... it dosent offer anything new. A female terminator? Im okay with that, but what the heck is that scene where her breasts infate about? That is so weird. Arnold can talk while he has a virus in him? What? But I will give it this: That ending is really great. It isnt a happy ending, its a dramatic ending. I like it. But as I said, it dosent offer anything new. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2014
    6
    It's not nearly as good as the second film - it lacks emotional characters and a strong heart. However, it does not fail to entertain us withIt's not nearly as good as the second film - it lacks emotional characters and a strong heart. However, it does not fail to entertain us with its intense and explosive action sequences. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2013
    5
    Doesn't live up to the standards set by the first two, and isn't as interesting or thought-provoking, but has some more catchphrases andDoesn't live up to the standards set by the first two, and isn't as interesting or thought-provoking, but has some more catchphrases and special effects to keep it going. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2015
    4
    The best thing about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is that Linda Hamilton dropped out of it because it is soulless. This is the sameThe best thing about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is that Linda Hamilton dropped out of it because it is soulless. This is the same story we’ve heard before except with even more action and is mostly an uninspired retread of the first film. The film does take some time out to have a occasionally heartfelt moments but not enough to warrant the film’s existence. Arnold is entreating but that’s about it. At the end of the day this is not only an unnecessary sequel but an unpleasant one that is a slap in the face to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Mixed feelings on the ending, which while surprising feels like a punch in the gut like being told that the Tooth Fairy isn’t real. Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2016
    0
    The weakest of the 5 movies.terminator 3 does not have sarah connor,but it has bad acting,awful villain.and its not loyal to the cameronThe weakest of the 5 movies.terminator 3 does not have sarah connor,but it has bad acting,awful villain.and its not loyal to the cameron classics,its 2020 the judgement day,not 2003.it sucked all of the dicks of who watched that movie.and,its clearly the 3rd worst movie of all time. Expand

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