Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although T3 never reaches the heights of the second movie, it is a welcome addition to the Terminator franchise.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Some interesting plot developments and a smashing (in both senses of the word) chase scene can't quite erase the familiarity of it all, but this is still a valiant effort by all concerned.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Wastes no time getting very loud and very silly and never really lets up.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Anton Bitel
Daily Info

just because terminators are constructed, they are not always reconstructed.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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David Edelstein

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.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An unnecessary third movie that only repeats the formula of the one before, with unstoppable (and even tiresome) action for those who enjoy seeing cyborgs… More
Albert Kim
Although many people bash this movie all the more so than the crap, straight-to-dvd-quality Terminator Salvation, this movie kept the Terminator atmosphere in… More
KJ Proulx
Unwanted and unnecessary, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is the third instalment of the "Terminator" lore, and while it does continue… More
xGary Xx
John Connor has reached adulthood and is once more pursued by a murderous robotic assassin as he tries to prevent Skynet from starting the war that means the… More
Kevin M. Williams
Almost a soulless robot from the future all by itself, many scenes from the first two simply reheated (with only Ah-nold's dubious charisma to deadlift… More
Eric Alvarez
No James Cameron, no good movie. Hurt the franchise a bit in my opinion.