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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Taglines: It's nothing personal

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, ...

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun...

100 | Rick Groen

A great movie... A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)


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 (would you believe a kinder, gentler Terminator?) to produce on e hell of a wild ride, a Twilight of the Gods that takes no prisoners and leaves audiences desperate for mercy. [3 July 1991, Calendar, p.F-1]

100 | Kim Newman

Because it is a sequel, it's less satisfying than the more idea-driven original, but this is still top-flight kick-ass entertainment
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90 | 2015-07-04 | David Ansen

Cameron's achievement isn't only technical. He's using all the not-so-cheap thrills of a violent genre to make a movie with an antiviolence message, and the wonder of T2 is that he pulls it off without looking silly.
Read More: Newsweek

88 | 2015-07-04 | James Berardinelli

T2 features bigger, bolder, more energetic action sequences than its predecessor.
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88 | Roger Ebert

The key element in any action picture, I think, is a good villain. Terminator 2 has one, along with an intriguing hero and fierce heroine, and a young boy who is played by Furlong with guts and energy.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

83 | 2015-07-04 | Owen Gleiberman

The movie is a great big feast of wreckage. But that’s also what makes it a bit numbing.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

80 | 2015-07-04 | Jay Boyar

The action in Terminator 2 is edited for maximum suspense, and much of it is mounted on such a grand scale that little in movie history comes close. (Scenes in last summer's Die Hard 2 did, but they lacked the finesse of the new film).
Read More: Orlando Sentinel

80 | Staff (Not credited)

As with "Aliens," director James Cameron has again taken a first rate science fiction film and crafted a sequel that's in some ways more impressive - expanding on the original rather than merely remaking it.
Read More: Variety

80 | Joe Brown

Visceral to the point of overkill (and beyond), a berserk blizzard of kinetic images, it doesn't even give you time to be scared.
Read More: Washington Post

75 | 2015-07-04 | Carrie Rickey

It's a joyride until you think about the film's biggest contradiction. How come this movie celebrating the superiority of human feelings over machine precision is most alive when thrilling in the mechanical perfection of the Terminator and T-1000? Inside Terminator 2 beats a human heart. But its soul is that of a killer machine.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

75 | Peter Travers

The film's relentless pummeling grows wearying at 135 minutes. The first Terminator, a half-hour shorter, was leaner and meaner.
Read More: Rolling Stone

70 | Staff (Non Credited)

Trend-setting visuals compensate for a plot that lacks the imagination and edge of the 1984 original.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

70 | Janet Maslin

Mr. Cameron has made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense and greatly improves upon the first film's potent but rudimentary visual style. He has also broadened his initial idea to encompass better developed characters (after all, the first Terminator was barely verbal), a livelier wit and a more ambitious, if nuttier, message.
Read More: The New York Times

67 | Marc Savlov

What is notable, though, is the amount of compassion invested in the film by Cameron and co-screenwriter William Wisher. There's a fairly well-drawn moral message in T2 that was more or less absent in the first film.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

60 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

All the virtues of the original... are present here, though when Cameron tries to milk some sentiment out of the "personality" and fate of his top machine he comes up flat and empty, and the other characters are scarcely more interesting.
Read More: Chicago Reader

50 | 2015-07-04 | Lou Cedrone

If you change the course of history, the world will experience a different kind of chaos. That's a time-honored movie cliche. Terminator 2: Judgment Day chooses to go against that philosophy, noisily and with some monotony.
Read More: Baltimore Sun