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  • Summary: Judgment Day has come and gone. The artificial intelligence network Skynet controls the army of Terminators that roam the post-apocalyptic landscape, killing or collecting humans where they hide in the desolate cities and deserts. Only one man saw Judgment Day coming. One man, whose destiny has always been intertwined with the fate of human existence: John Connor. Now the world is on the brink of the future that Connor has been warned about all his life. But something totally new has shaken his belief that humanity stands a chance of winning this war: the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger from the past whose last memory is of being on death row before awakening in this strange, new world. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. A fast-moving, rock 'em-sock 'em movie that continues the man-vs.-machines series begun 25 years ago.
  2. A couple of scenes directly reference the Iraq war and the Holocaust (where the humans are herded into cattle cars), and this is taking things much too seriously. This is a big blow-'em-up franchise movie. It should not under any circumstances be confused with a Statement.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    The result is a movie that takes itself far more seriously than the "Hasta la vista, baby" tone of previous installments.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Granted, it's great action. Terrific special effects. Pulse-pounding pacing. But it's a case of diminishing returns. Salvation so keeps its characters at arm's length that after a while it really doesn't matter what happens to them.
  5. In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the "Terminator" iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The predictable story feels as if it were written by a computer program labeled "sequel."
  7. When Christian Bale allowed himself to play Bruce Wayne in "Batman Begins," he was slumming - and to good effect. But with Terminator Salvation, this ostensibly serious actor takes up residence in the action ghetto, and it's not a good fit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 254
  1. PaulW
    Jan 1, 2010
    As a huge of the first terminator film, I thought that T2 was too family friendly and moved away from the real plot. T3 although average set the scene for T4 which was innovative, clever, told a brilliant story, and paired Bale and Sam Worthington together who were brilliant. Expand
  2. ryanj.
    May 21, 2009
    Dark and different with the best action scenes in years.
  3. FeliciaN.
    May 23, 2009
    I don't know why people have such issues with this movie. It gave us exactly what it advertised, a glimpse of the war we've heard so much about. And it gave us something new that the other movies didn't tell us. The action was good, the plot was good, what's the problem? *SPOILER* I'm a bit miffed that they killed off Marcus. I LIKED that guy, what an awesome addition to the resistance! Too many movies have done this type of sacrificial story ending for it to strike me as anything but overdone and convenient. It was poignant the first few times, but now it's just cliche. And he was so cool! Okay, I'm done. Expand
  4. EricF
    May 25, 2009
    Fairly predictable, some nice background story to the Terminator original, although we knew pretty much what was going to happen. Sets up future sequels nicely though, which have the potential to be more interesting from a character and plot development standpoint. Expand
  5. Feb 5, 2013
    Good looking and boosted by kinetic action, but the script is life-threatening stupid. Any machine with such a muddled, non-functional master-plan has to fail against even a completely unorganised human race. Characters are underdeveloped and the dialogue is barely okay. Christian Bale roars more than he speaks, which becomes quite annoying after some time. But as you expect it from director McG, the untalented cousin of Michael Bay, this is flashy, stupid fun. Expand
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A Schwarzenegger-less disappointment. Terminate it, because really, it makes most sense that RISE OF THE MACHINES would be the final movie (making it a trilogy)--especially with the ending it has. Expand
  7. AGuy
    May 21, 2009
    McG = Franchise Killer.

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