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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 an electrifying new chapter to the series' sophisticated mythology. (T3 Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    This movie doesn’t cop out. It doesn’t go for fake, feel-good warm fuzzies, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Terminator 3 has guts. It has a LOT of guts. And it’s a rare thing for any movie – whether it’s a summer blockbuster or an indie arthouse flick – to have guts.
  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
    This is easily the funniest of the Terminator movies (although not, it should be stressed, the lightest). It is also the shortest and most compact.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    At its screeching, wall-breaking best, “T3” achieves heavy-metal slapstick.
  5. 63
    Is Terminator 3 a skillful piece of work? Indeed. Will it entertain the Friday night action crowd? You bet. Does it tease and intrigue us like the earlier films did? Not really.
  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: 87 out of 137
  2. Negative: 34 out of 137
  1. May 15, 2011
    So a very outdated model is going to win against a brand spanking new one that can control machines and has plasma casters in her arms.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. Apr 27, 2011
    The movie isn't as awesome as the second one, but ignoring the flaws, it's a pretty good movie overall. Arnold Schwarzennegar does a perfect job just like the previous two. Hoping they get him back for T5... Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2012
    Offers great action, but is overrated and lacks enough character development between John Connor and Kate Brewster. But it's fun watching the Terminator (Schwarzenegger) battling the Terminatrix until Judgment Day starts so John Connor becomes ready to enter his prophecy as the leader of the Resistance in the future war. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    A few intensely entertaining set pieces serve to only just elevate this movie above its cheesy story and hammy dialogue.
  5. Dec 12, 2013
    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 and special effects to keep it going. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2011
    A unneeded sequel that does nothing but butcher a once great series. Terrible acting and poor action/special effects makes this a disapointing end to the original trilogy. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2012
    I'd like to pretend this movie never happened.....i mean, it makes sense :p T3 pretty much contradicts everything the first two terminators did, and made the events of T2 for nothing! Skynet was blocked from ever existing, therefore could NOT send another terminator (a third one...really?! wtf) to kill john connor. Terminator Salvation is the prequel to T1, as in T1 they had already WON the war! I believe the chronological order of the series is TSalvation, T1, and then they rid the world of skynet forever in T2. T3 is a movie that never should have seen the light of day. Expand

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