Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Best of all, though, the level of tension in the film is palpable because we can`t figure out how Arnold is going to terminate the Terminator.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The pathos of the film is the pathos of its leading character -- it is a magnificent machine, but a machine it remains.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cameron`s superb action direction and stunning visual effects -- plus Schwarzenegger`s ultimately endearing (yes, endearing) performance -- will blast every other summer film to kingdom come.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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 to produce one hell of a wild ride.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The best efforts of highly trained talents are not enough to save the picture from its own deep-rooted foolishness.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

The picture is full of spectacular action sequences and dazzling special effects, but the narrative doesn't have the snap of the original's: it's lumbering and monotonous, and it carries a heavy-handed anti-nuke message.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

Cameron has done an honourable and undoubtedly skilful job of tailoring his new film to the tastes of the times without too much sloppy compromise. He's made a science fiction film with verve, imagination and even a little wit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
James Cameron's sci-fi action sequel is brilliant and well-crafted. T2: Judgment Day displays violence, drama and heart throughout, not to mention the… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Not as brilliant as the first film and this time investing more in action and first-rate special effects, with a bigger budget to create an epic feel to it -… More
xGary Xx
Along with Aliens, James Cameron has been responsible for two of the most inventive sequels around. This follow up to his own sci-fi classic The Terminator sees… More
Mike S
Hasta la vista baby! If there's one thing that can be said about creative genius James Cameron, it's that he's one of exceptionally few directors… More
Melvin White
The Terminator: I swear I will not kill anyone. "This time there are two." Terminator 2: Judgement Day is every bit the classic the first… More
Samuel Riley
What makes James Cameron stands out is his success with making sequels, which can stand out more than the original film. Cameron did it with 'Aliens',… More