Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
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The second sequel to the 1984 sci-fi action classic, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is the first film without the involvement of director James Cameron. Instead, Jonathan Mostow, the man behind Breakdown and U-571, has stepped in to fill the shoes left vacant by Cameron. In addition, the role of John Connor from the second film has been recast, with In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl taking over for Edward Furlong. Set ten years after the events of 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the film finds Connor living on the streets as a common laborer. Sarah Connor, his mother, has since died,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines tells the simple yet compelling story of a very old piece of equipment that refuses to go away. Its name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, as famously promised, he's back, and at his anticharismatic best, too."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A sizable quotient of the movie's target audience just wants to see stuff destroyed, and in that regard Rise of the Machines won't disappoint."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"just because terminators are constructed, they are not always reconstructed."
‑ Anton Bitel, Daily Info
"Basically one long, exciting chase scene."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Despite a lot of flaws, ultimately left me satisfied..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Wastes no time getting very loud and very silly and never really lets up."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's not as taut or surprising as the first installment. And it's not as resonant or ambitious as the second, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines still manages to kick plenty of butt."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Doesn't have the gritty feel of 'Terminator' or the sleek cutting edge of technology look of 'Judgment Day,' but it's a decent addition to the Terminator mythos."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"With splashy digital effects and punchy stuntwork, the solid T3 slides along enjoyably, but doesn't have the impeccable story and visual design of the previous entry."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"T3 has the sour, depressive vibe of an untested director submitting to a predetermined mythology not his own."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Here is the first movie of its kind in many moons that doesn't have to labor, Hulk- or Charlie's Angels-style, over convincing you of how entertaining it is."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"The villain comes back more times than Wile E. Coyote. I found it tiresome and witless and numbingly repetitive, but action mavens won't feel cheated."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"There are bad sequels that still work as movies, basically. T3 doesn't even do that: it isn't a good action film, and isn't a good science fiction film."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is without a doubt the weakest entry in an otherwise beloved trilogy, but let's be honest, T3 was doomed from the very day franchise creator James Cameron decided to pass on it."
‑ Rick Mele, AskMen.com
"T3 does not have the sense of humanity that the two previous films had, but Mostow's focused direction helps get the job done."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
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